I know these “year in review” things typically come closer to January 1st, not February 1st. Better late than never, right? I’m not really sure why it’s taken me until now to write this. Maybe because I was embarrassed. Maybe because I didn’t really know how to put what I was feeling into words. Or… Read More 2018: Where to Begin?
Where do I even begin? A year ago I spent New Year’s Eve on a rooftop bar in Bangkok, Thailand. This year, I spent it in my bed in America. A year ago I was wondering how to teach tiny humans in a predominately Muslim and Buddhist community about Christmas. I was missing my family… Read More 2017: The Best Year of My Life
After one year of living and working abroad, I’ve finally made the decision to move home in September. And, surprise, I’ll be staying home for (a lot) longer than 22 days. If you had told me one year ago that I would be excited to move back to California and start a career…well, I would’ve… Read More Why I’m Choosing to Move Home After Living Abroad for One Year
I love to travel. I know, I know, everyone loves to travel. But it’s more than just relaxing and seeing new places that I love. There’s nothing I love more than experiencing new cultures. Meeting new people. Trying new food. Getting lost. The adventure of it all. I even love flying. I love seeing new… Read More People and Places: The Internal Struggle of a Traveler
The end of the year typically forces us to remember the highs and lows of the previous year and set some unrealistic goals for the following one. We usually call them “New Year’s Resolutions”, but more often than not, they end up being “Things I Should Do This Year but Probably Won’t”. Don’t get me… Read More My Bucket List
Tomorrow marks my 55th day of living in Thailand. Tomorrow is also Thanksgiving in Thailand. It is also the start of the many holidays I’ll be missing this year. Being the independent person that I like to think I am, I had no hesitations about missing this holiday season. I really didn’t think twice about… Read More Thanksgiving in Thailand
As I’m sitting in the Chiang Mai airport waiting to board my flight to Phuket, where I’ll be taken to my final placement, Phang Nga, it’s hard not to feel an overwhelming sense of gratefulness. Grateful for this past month in Chiang Mai, grateful for the people I’ve met, grateful for friends and family at… Read More Baht for Your Thoughts
When I graduated college and made the decision to move to Thailand to teach English rather than follow the more traditional route of accepting a 9-5 job in the States, the response was not exactly what I’d hoped for. While I knew my family and friends were excited for me, they were also scared, confused,… Read More My (Real) Answers to the Questions You’ve All Been Asking