A Weekend in Kanchanaburi

Spending the weekend in Bangkok for New Years had me itching to get out of the craziness of the city and into nature (coming from the small city of Chaiyaphum into Bangkok is always a little overwhelming). My friends were visiting from America and I heard Kanchanaburi was a great little weekend getaway from Bangkok. The best part about traveling… Read more →

A Christmas Abroad

This year was the first Christmas I’ve ever been away from home and from my family. I still cannot believe that it was spent here in Thailand. Before I was placed in my town, I had to make peace with the fact that it was very possible I could be spending Christmas alone in Thailand. I was unsure if there would… Read more →

23 Across the Sea- Elephants, Sharts, and Mini Hearts

I’ve been in Thailand for a little over a month and a half now and have been searching for words that accurately describe all I’ve experienced so far… every few days I’ll start scribbling in my journal to make sense of everything that has happened. But I end up having no idea what to write. (Frankly, you have to experience this place… Read more →

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The Countdown

At exactly this time, 1 week from now, I will be on a one way flight to Chiang Mai, Thailand. All summer long, I was filled with a bubbling energy, excited about about my future plans to teach English on the other side of the world, to escape the life I am so comfortable with and to fully dive into… Read more →

Thailand, Music & More – Back to Me

When I graduated 2 months ago. I wasn’t where I wanted to be. The post-grad blues were weighing heavy. The transition to home-life was harder than I had anticipated. I didn’t really want to do anything, I felt lost, and was reminded of all of my dreams through stickies on my lap top. I’ve allowed myself to grieve the end… Read more →

Note to Self

I keep notes on my computer in the ‘stickies’ app of my mac – tiny reminders, to-do’s, quotes, webinar notes etc. Yesterday, I was jotting some to-do’s down for my job with Yoga Home. After opening a blank box, a few old notes popped up.   First was the purple sticky: the to-do’s This was dated 11/30/15… How many of… Read more →

It’s For You

A close friend of mine asked me if I had been writing anything lately, he had checked out my blog every so often, only to find that nothing had been added. I explained I have been writing, that there are countless scribbles in my journal and drafts on the web, left unpublished and that for some reason, I could not… Read more →

The Tao of Pooh

This summer, I had the pleasure of spending a month with my toes in the sand. The best part about the beach for me is the time, and the permission to sit, relax and enjoy a good read. The Tao of Pooh, by Benjamin Hoff is a tiny book with a big message and one of my favorite reads from this… Read more →

What’s Your Tagline?

The tagline on my site formally read, “A Real Girl’s Journey to Happiness.”  Little did I know when writing that statement 2 years ago, it was setting me up for failure right away. Happiness, I’ve learned, is not a destination, and framing my journey toward it set myself into what I call “milestone mindset,” you know the kind. The “I’ll be… Read more →

In Times of Darkness, In Times of Light

I was drinking tea early this morning on the beach, (something I never do) and found this message on the tag: “Let your heart speak to other’s hearts.” It was the push I needed. – – There has been a lot of tragic death in these recent weeks, where those I love most have lost people they care for.  Many have had… Read more →