On Finding A Place To Call Home


  I remember standing in my elementary school library when I was younger, maybe 6 or 7, looking through all the books that had anything to do with far away lands and unfamiliar cultures. Astonished that there was so much more to the world than my small hometown. Luckily my family was interested in seeing more of…
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A Love Note To Pai, Thailand

Pai Thailand Countryside

This post was originally written for Epicure & Culture and is part of their #ProjectLoveNote  series.  Dear Pai, You are truly a curative paradise. Like many others, I battle with the constant ‘need’ to be doing, seeing and accomplishing. I push and push trying to make it to that next big thing and when it doesn’t…
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Returning To Wisconsin

Bangkok Sunset

As I write this I’ve been back home for 2 full days after 13 months of living abroad and traveling. I can only assume the next week or so will bring on a whirlwind of emotions as I settle back into the rhythm of Wisconsin and recount the details of my past year’s adventures to…
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On Not Knowing What The Future Holds

let go

It seems every few days the topic of conversation turns  into something like, “So, where are you headed next? What’s the plan?”.  I would never consider myself a highly organized person or someone with an incessant need to plan every small detail of the future, but usually I have at least a drafted answer to…
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Personal Transformation Through Travel

Road To Transformation

This post was originally written for and published on Epicure & Culture. Travel allows us to get in touch with different sides of ourselves that, for better or for worse, may not show themselves as we go about our usual daily routines. As we become immersed in new cultural experiences and have a personal transformation…
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Intuition And Travel Plans

Buddha Statue

I talk a lot about intuition and how it plays such a powerful role in the way I live my life. I’ve always been a person ruled by feeling, and emotion, and most of my decisions are made by gut instincts vs logical reasoning. If something doesn’t feel right to me it’s almost as if…
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Reflections On 6 Months Living and Traveling Abroad

It’s officially been six months since I boarded the plane in Chicago’s O’hare Airport to Melbourne, Australia. A mixture of disbelief (that it’s gone so fast) and restlessness (where to next) rush about when I take a second to really let that sink in. As much courage as it initially took to make my journey…
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More Professions Of Love To The Ocean

It’s colder out today. I’m reminded of how calm I feel sitting next to the ocean and watch as the waves crash a little more intensely than usual. The beach is empty of those who only come for the sun—today is grey. Some might call it glum but I’m feeling content and in tune. I…
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On Being A Traveling Introvert

The fact that I spent Christmas evening cozily and contently curled up on my couch with my journal and a book appreciating the beauty of the rainfall outside instead of trying to find solace in one of the many orphan (as in not from the country) Christmas parties around Sydney may have been confirmation in…
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My First Month Living In Australia

  It’s been a little over a month now since I’ve arrived in Melbourne, Australia on my work and holiday visa and while not a whole lot has happened that could be categorized as wild and crazy, which is what I imagine people are assuming is going on, I can say without a doubt a…
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