Does Snapchat Ruin the Moment?

Does Snapchat Ruin the Moment?

A few months ago, I was riding a wild-maned horse down a black sand trail in Iceland. The sun was shining, the sky blue for the first time in days. All of a sudden, my horse bolted. As she careened and bucked, I gripped the reins and tried not to get thrown off. When...
25 Things It Took Me 25 Years to Learn

25 Things It Took Me 25 Years to Learn

25 has been a pivotal year for me – this stage of my life feels very adult in a way that my early twenties didn't. As Adele so wisely wrote, the future didn't matter then like it does now. Like most of us, I've become more confident and secure with age. I'm...
What I Miss Most About Long-Term Travel

What I Miss Most About Long-Term Travel

Around this time last year, I returned home from a year of backpacking. And although it's so nice to be settled, sometimes I'm nostalgic for my nomadic lifestyle. There are so many wonderful things about long-term travel. Long-term travel lets you live your life to...
Back Home, But What Next?

Back Home, But What Next?

Confession: recently I've been having a bit of a crisis. I'm back home and savoring the Michigan summer as always. But the one question that plagues me day after day is, “Okay, so what now?” As many of you know I just returned home from a four-month trip...
Why Working as a Digital Nomad is Not for Me

Why Working as a Digital Nomad is Not for Me

During my four-month trip to Asia, I worked remotely as a freelance writer and blogger, earning the bulk of my income from freelance writing. While I worked several freelance writing jobs, my main gig was as a Category Expert for Answers.com. Commissioned to write...
Practicing Gratitude Wherever You Go

Practicing Gratitude Wherever You Go

I've been back from Asia for a month now, living at my parent's house in Michigan. I am by far the happiest I've ever been at home. Readjusting last time after a long spell abroad was more difficult- I felt listless, bored and irritated with the return of bad habits...
A Big 2014: Goals for the New Year

A Big 2014: Goals for the New Year

Wow, 2013. What a year. To be honest this resolution post has changed so many times I wasn't even sure I should publish it. So many things I thought I wanted to achieve: becoming a certified translator, attaining professional fluency in French, moving to San...
Why I Honestly Came to Bali

Why I Honestly Came to Bali

It's no secret that I was unhappy for the first month or so of my Asia trip. Okay fine. I was inexplicably miserable for the first month of my trip. I descended into a dark place where I battled depression, anxiety and an overall despair for the future. For a while I...