Until We Meet Again

It has only been about a week since I returned from my much anticipated trip to the States. And you may already know that this trip back home was not just about visiting with friends and family, but it was also an opportunity for me to see whether Richmond still has my heart. (Note: Sorry…

To My Mentors: Thank You

Recently I read a New York Times column about what students should focus on in college. The author pointed out severals reasons that really resonate with me. One of which was that college students should put their energy into getting to know their professors and take advantage of every chance to pick their brains and form relationships…

Finding Passion in Work

Part of the reason I wanted to embark on this journey was to experience other types of jobs. I was starting to feel unsure about journalism and whether I was passionate about it anymore. When I landed in Australia, I was willing to work any job that came my way, but I steered clear of…

New Zealand vs. Australia

These two countries are often lumped together. Perhaps that's because they are both located on the other side of the world, have similar accents and a similar history. So the real question is which country is better? I actually have been asked this a few times since I made the hop over to New Zealand…

Finding Friends in Strangers

The more I'm away from home, the more I think about and reflect on the friendships I've made over the years including the most recent people who have found their way into my life and vice versa. I am so grateful that I have been lucky enough to have a life filled with friends and…

Invest in Yourself

Whenever I'm on a tight budget, I start to cut back my spending and the first things to go are what I feel are my "unnecessary" expenses. Back in the States this often meant I stopped paying for as many acupuncture and massage treatments -- both of which helped minimize and relieve my back, shoulder…

There’s Nothing Like a Little Fresh Air

Lately several articles about how nature can be therapeutic have been popping up on my Facebook newsfeed. I fully believe in this.  Personally, I've always enjoyed the outdoors and my parents helped plant the seed when I was a child. They made sure to take my sister and I camping whenever they could. Whenever we went…

More Than Just an Experience

When I started telling friends and family about my decision to move, many of them exclaimed with excitement and others congratulated me. Many also admired my courage for leaving everything and everyone behind. But the gears in my mind really started moving after my friend Anthony asked me why would I want to go somewhere…

The Great Escape

A few months before I left for Australia, a friend asked me whether I was running away from anything by my somewhat impulsive decision to jet set to the other side of the world. He insisted that there must be a reason for the big move. At the time, my reply was "Nope. I'm not…