Lesson #35: Spinach and Muscles Won’t Make You Strong

Recently I attended the graduation of South Carolina’s military recruits at Fort Jackson. Every year 50,000 graduates complete the ten week boot camp before moving on to serve our country. Strength. This was… Continue reading

Lesson #34: Let Home Be Anchored in Moments

For most of us life begins with a concrete concept of home. Some of us fair better than others, but the idea is the same, home is a given. At the end of… Continue reading

Lesson #33: You Will be Twenty Forever.

The success of websites such as Thought Catalog and Upworthy appeal to us ‘lost’ twenty somethings because they give us false hope that there are answers to all of life’s uncertainties. They tell us… Continue reading

You were my first love

An open love letter to South America: You were my first love. The first time I’ve ever felt present in that all consuming way. The first time I trusted in something outside of… Continue reading

Lesson #32: Tranquila. Stop being so American, and learn to think like an Argentinian

On the metro in Buenos Aires. From the bustling Microcentro – picture Italy in the 80’s – I decide to head towards San Telmo – a Latin American Brooklyn of cobblestone streets, graffiti,… Continue reading

Lesson #31: If you feel a bit unsettled then you’re doing something right

I’ve had a knot in my stomach for two days. A twisted up energy that sits right in my gut, making it so that eating is undesirable and coffee only leaves me feeling… Continue reading

Books That I Visit When I Visit Home

The first things I do whenever I come home for a visit… Hug my Mom. Call my two best friends from the area. You know the ones you have known since you were… Continue reading

Hey Facebook, 10 Reasons Why I Kind of Hate You…

I’ve been doing a lot of trekking recently, where my days consist of 5am wake up calls, a whole bunch of walking, plenty of time for chatter, and no wifi connection. Time away… Continue reading

Lesson #30: Anxiety is a good thing.

I have anxiety. I always have. It’s the extra beat coursing through my body. The familiar quickening of breath in unfamiliar situations. It’s the swirling thoughts that leave me sleepless, what if’s gnawing… Continue reading

Lesson #29: Where you are in the world matters greatly

As desert turns to mountains and my spot on the Yungay express gets a bit more bouncy, I am left staring out the window as the Cordierlla Blanca takes shape outside, awe struck… Continue reading