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…

The Little Things

I'm not usually one for cliche inspirational posters that say phrases such as "Do What You Love" or "Think Happy Be Happy". Sure, I'm all for promoting positivity, sharing good vibes and living life to the fullest, etc. , but the aforementioned poster just are not my thing and that's okay. Well, until recently, anyway.…

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…

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…