Tag Archives: Travel

Trust the mamas

Have you ever sniffed rubbing alcohol to prevent vomiting? Steeped ginger root in hot water to cure nausea? Rubbed lemongrass oil on mosquito bites? Well, you know who has? Mama Pearl. And so have I, thanks to her. Real quick: If you ever find yourself in a similar situation as what follows, don’t feel badly. […]

5 Trips Everyone Should Make in Their 20s

The Twenties are the years of exploration, both geographically and introspectively. And nothing beats when the two go hand in hand.

Finding My Bravery

Finding my bravery is an ongoing, evolving process, which can be difficult, emotional and downright messy. Today, it looks a little like sitting in a coffee shop, interacting with strangers.

Introverts Just Want to Have Fun

From childhood through my early college years, I was shy. Extremely shy. Painfully shy. A lot of people use “shy” and “introverted” interchangeably. I think I’m a prime example of why that doesn’t work. I honestly can’t tell you how I did it, but I finally shed my shyness when I moved halfway across the […]

Mission Trips 101 – Lessons in Discernment

I’ve recently – in the past week – come to the conclusion that missions are an interesting phenomena. They illuminate how a person or group views themselves, while simultaneously suggesting how said person or group should be judged. For instance, by creating a mission statement, I’m not only saying “here are my values; this is […]

How to not Get Sick

I’ve been sick for the majority of the last 2 months and I’m beyond tired of it. It’s extremely frustrating, and I am starting to think that maybe I have the weakest immune system on the planet. However, it hasn’t always been this way, so I decided to try to figure out why this might […]

Two Years Later, for the First Time Ever

It took me a few days to begin to process what I saw and how I felt during my first trip to Haiti. After only four days on an island just 600 miles from the U.S. coast, my mental and physical exhaustion levels felt more on par with traveling 3,000 miles to spend a week […]