Vulnerably un-fine is just fine

Recently,  I decided that I wanted to start volunteering to teach a weekly English class. My friend Jeremiah volunteers full time for an NGO here that operates an English language learning center. They do a lot of good work, and Jeremiah's partner Lexi has been teaching a class there once a week on a volunteer … Continue reading Vulnerably un-fine is just fine

Finally…an update

Writing regular posts has clearly slipped from the top of my priority list lately. Life has been full and busy and I just haven't focused on writing about my life so much as just living it. But for the sake of those who read this, I concede. A full update for you, and the promise … Continue reading Finally…an update

Songkran, Job Searches, and Suffocation

People told me Thailand would be hot. And my response was usually something along the lines of "better than snow!" Which, in all fairness, I am still convinced of. But what I was naively unprepared for was just how hot it would be. Hot to me meant a few days in the upper 90s back … Continue reading Songkran, Job Searches, and Suffocation

I survived the CELTA

It's a miracle, I know. 4 intense weeks of study, planning, and teaching, and it didn't kill me. I guess 4 years of college before that sort of helped prepare me for that. In the big picture a month really isn't that long. The last week of the course was challenging, but really much easier … Continue reading I survived the CELTA

Celta and a social life…can it be done?

The short answer is: yes. The long answer is something a little closer to sure, if you're really good at time management and don't require sleep.  Week 3 of the CELTA has brought with it a lot of routine. The daily schedule has become as consistent as the inevitable stress that accompanies it. Breakfast, coffee, … Continue reading Celta and a social life…can it be done?

On Fear

I had a mild freak out to my sister the other day. She thinks I'm brave, but I feel like a coward in comparison to her and the bold life she leads. She's a teacher in Kathmandu, Nepal, and has been for the past 2 1/2 years. In that same time I have gone from … Continue reading On Fear