Always Look Back

Just like many people, I often use the New Year as a way to reflect on the previous year. But because of my recent adventures abroad, I wanted to use this time to not only look back on personal achievements and failures, but also to focus on the experiences and people I'm grateful for. That's…

Back in the United States

I'm back in the United States for the foreseeable future and it's strange to think that just over a month ago I was living on a completely different continent. Now that I'm back in the country, I decided to move back to Richmond, Virginia, a city that has and will always have a special place…

My First Sound Activation

Trying new things is a big part of traveling and so it's not a surprise that it has been a big part of my abroad experiences. Because of this, I try to keep an open mind when and where I can.┬áMost recently, I did just that when I attended a sound activation session at my…

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…

New Adventure, New Me?

When I first decided to make the big move to Australia, many of my friends, colleagues and loved ones told me that this adventure would be an experience of a lifetime, full of personal growth and changes. In my mind, I hadn't made any moves or decisions of this caliber before, so I didn't really…

Goodbyes Are Never Easy

It doesn't matter where I'm living or how old I am because saying farewell to people is never easy for me. It certainly doesn't seem to get less challenging either. This trip has been full of goodbyes, but today was by far the hardest of them all so far. I had to say goodbye to…