Miserable Dread, Blissful Ignorance, or Graceful Optimism?

It doesn’t take much for me to become completely unraveled by fear. As you know, I have been fighting hard against this instinct for the past two and a half months throughout the course of my Braver Than Before journey. Fear is my greatest battle in life, and I have been struggling with irrational fear … Continue reading Miserable Dread, Blissful Ignorance, or Graceful Optimism?

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Cross-Cultural Trip

Well, the countdown is on. I am leaving for Africa so soon, and I am doing my best to get mentally prepared for this trip! In doing so, I took out some of my old journals yesterday and found the one from my trip to Africa in April, 2013. During that trip, I made a … Continue reading 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Cross-Cultural Trip

10 Days to go and I’m Ready… Figuratively Speaking!

Ten days. Yikes! Only ten more days! Ten more days on Canadian soil before Ryan and I hop on an airplane and begin our (roughly) 30-hour journey to Kigali, Rwanda! I can hardly believe how quickly it is coming up… and even more the point, I can hardly believe that I haven’t started packing or … Continue reading 10 Days to go and I’m Ready… Figuratively Speaking!

Piecing it Together, One Day at a Time

I have some pretty wonderful friends. Yesterday, when I arrived at work, I found this sitting on my desk: What a perfect gift, combining two of my favorite things in life! Puzzles, and kittens! I can’t wait to break it open and start working on it… the problem is that I just started a different … Continue reading Piecing it Together, One Day at a Time

So Sensational!

Written on May 8th, 2008: “I’ve been fighting with my senses my whole life. All of the human senses are connected to the past. Taste, touch, sight, sound, smell—at any given moment any of these five senses can stir an extremely specific and detailed memory. Even if someone isn’t cognitively aware of such a memory, the senses awaken … Continue reading So Sensational!

Pausing to Enjoy the Magic of Spring…

It finally feels like spring! I am writing out on the deck today, trying to soak up every moment of this beautiful weather. Most of the snow has melted now, and even the puddle in the back yard is starting to dry up. Unfortunately, where I live, you can’t necessarily trust the weather to stay … Continue reading Pausing to Enjoy the Magic of Spring…