Focus. I used to be able to focus. Now… Think. I used to be able to think clearly and quickly. Now my brain is all jumbled. Focus. Forget. I used to never forget what I was doing. Now I keep forgetting what it was that I was going to do next. Focus. Write. I used…… Continue reading Focus.
It’s been two weeks since my final exams and I have found myself craving stillness, silence and rest. The world around us can be so loud, and the world inside us just as loud – with voices from people in our surroundings telling us what we should be doing, how we should be thinking, and…… Continue reading Restorative Power of Nature
We live in an age of strained attention spans. At work, we flip between writing an email, to reading a different email, to working on a presentation, to shooting out a text, to reading the news, all happening seemingly simultaneously. We are almost never completely focused on one thing, one person or one activity. That’s…… Continue reading Time is the Best Gift
I wake up and forget where I am quite often. Sometimes I dream that I am an undergraduate trying to find my way around Vanderbilt University, pushing my way onto the subway in NY, or walking on the beach in Albania. My realities have changed so much the past 10 years, I often don’t have…… Continue reading New Realities & Routines – – A Summer in DC
During the month of May, I traveled to Colombia. I traveled to the Netherlands. I traveled to Armenia. I am now in Washington DC for a summer internship as I have a break in my coursework before beginning again in September. I am extremely grateful to have had this time to visit people I love…… Continue reading A Journey Through Armenia
Before flying back to the frozen tundra, as I sometimes refer to my new home in Boston, I spent 4 days in the northern most part of South America called la Guajira. This part of Colombia is indigenous territory and in the Colombian constitution does not fall under its jurisdiction. This area is extremely poor…… Continue reading The Tip of South America – – La Guajira
It had been two days since I was sitting in a classroom taking a statistics exam. Where I was sitting in a chair, surrounded by brick walls, florescent lights allowing me to see the questions on the paper in front of me. Watching the clock as my heart fluttered with the pressure and excitement of…… Continue reading Nature Expects Nothing From Us
Two weeks ago, I didn’t know anything about the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. I couldn’t have even told you which ones were where, anything about the food the people there eat, their history, nothing really… Santiago and I decided to do a 10-day trip to learn more about these countries that neither…… Continue reading 10 Days in the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
I just finished a wonderful, one month trip to the Balkan Peninsula and Eastern Europe with Santiago. Here are the places we visited and a few photos! Tirana and Kruje, Albania (2 days) Dhermi, Albania (3 days) Kotor, Montenegro (4 days) Mostar, Bosnia (2 days) Sarajevo, Bosnia (4 days) Belgrade, Serbia (4 days) Budapest, Hungary…… Continue reading How I Spent One Month in the Balkans and Eastern Europe
My siblings and I pick on my mom a lot. Always out of love, of course, and one of the things she sometimes says when eating something tasty is “yum, yum, I just had a good bite!” Even though we joke about the expression, I really feel that it is often justifiable because there is…… Continue reading Yum, Yum, I Just Had a Good Bite!