Friendship and goodbyes: the best and the worst  

I'm leaving Thailand tomorrow, with no return date. And that's got me caught up in a lot of emotions. Sadness, excitement, joy, fear...the whole gamut.  But as I prepare to leave, I'm thinking most about the friends I'm leaving behind, and the ones I'm going to be reunited with when I get back to the … Continue reading Friendship and goodbyes: the best and the worst  

love and gratitude

It's Valentine's Day, traditionally my least favorite pseudo-holiday. I think the holiday is generally pretty stupid, aimed at making you buy things for someone or making you sad about not having anyone to buy things for, and then buying things for yourself. (Pint of Ben and Jerry's, I'm lookin at you.) But as I plan … Continue reading love and gratitude

Changes 

In 2007 I thought I wanted to spend 4 years in college. In 2009 I thought I wanted to quit college. In 2014 I thought I wanted to move to the mountains of Montana. In 2015 I thought I wanted to live forever in Seattle. In 2016 I thought I wanted to stay in a … Continue reading Changes 

Christmas in a place called home

Apologies for the insane delay in posting. I've been enjoying living life but somewhat failing at writing about it. It's been a busy few weeks. The last couple weeks of school before our break were stressful and chaos-filled, trying to prepare for the holidays and finish everything up before our break. Christmas in kindergarten was … Continue reading Christmas in a place called home

Finding the joys

My life has been crazy chaotic lately. There were days last week when I'd leave the house at 6:30am and not get back til after ten at night. I've tried fitting in a full work schedule and a full social calendar and I have gotten completely burnt out. Time management has never been my strong … Continue reading Finding the joys

Absence doesn’t change the status of the heart all that much, as it turns out

I've been living abroad for just shy of 8 months. I mark the days by the photo updates I get of Kate's littlest nephew Simeon, born just a couple of weeks before I left. Of Kate's 7 nieces and nephews, he was the only one whose birth I was present for. I watched a family … Continue reading Absence doesn’t change the status of the heart all that much, as it turns out

Chaos and Calm

I try to arrange my life in such a way that organization and order overpower chaos. I have been trying to stick to a pretty consistent schedule of sleeping, waking, working, exercising, etc. I like planning and predictability in my day (as much as my nomadic existence might infer otherwise). Chaos and I don't do too … Continue reading Chaos and Calm

When your comfort zone is 7,000 miles away

I'll be honest, despite the fact that I've moved something like 17 times and been to around that many different countries, I'm remarkably scared of new places. 
I put on a good show, and most of the time do a pretty convincing job of making people think everything's wonderful and exciting when I travel. But when … Continue reading When your comfort zone is 7,000 miles away

On friendship, community, and saying goodbye

This week has been an emotional one. I have ricocheted between fear, excitement, sadness, and calm...all in a single day. Just to fall asleep and start it all over again in the morning.  I have lived in Seattle for 15 months, which is the longest I have lived anywhere since high school. And while, by … Continue reading On friendship, community, and saying goodbye