Getting ready for travel requires careful packing and making numerous checklists. Any experienced traveler will tell you what you shouldn’t forget: passport, tickets, money, snacks, first aid kit, and a camera. All of these items and more are incredibly important and should not be forgotten, but there’s always one thing we forget to bring with us: kindness. I’d like to think that travel can make us more tolerant and willing to assist others, but as posts from Adventurous Kate and Expat Edna will tell you, people are still close-minded and judgmental. I find this is true not only of travelers, but locals as well. Is there a way to make the world kinder? On Random Acts of Kindness Day, here are a few situations that have inspired me to think differently about how I travel and live: Continue Reading ›
How do you solve a problem like Maria?
How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?
—The Sound of Music
When I’m asked what I want to do with my life after graduate school, I can only come up with one response of certainty: “I want to travel. I want to live internationally.” I’ve always wanted travel in my life; it’s something that isn’t a completely foreign concept to me. Foreign countries may sound intimidating, but in reality, the thought of living somewhere else isn’t a strange idea to me. Some people, however, don’t share the same enthusiasm for my idea. Shouldn’t I want a job or career first? Shouldn’t I be looking for a companion, someone to share in my love of travel? Of course, I do want a career and eventually a partner, but I have different priorities. Continue Reading ›
Since starting school, my focus on craft projects has been restricted by homework. However, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’ve been getting back to my crafting roots for a much-needed relief. Although I’m focusing less on crafts with my blog, unless it’s repurposing or upcycling, I’ve wanted to share the spirit of love with some DIY projects I found for Valentine’s Day. At first, I didn’t think there would be many ideas out there for classmates, Pinterest definitely proved me wrong. To see what I’ve come up with for my graduate school classmates, see what I’ve crafted below. Continue Reading ›
Like most months, February is known for certain ideals. January is known for changes and new developments, and as I’ve found in the past, sticking to changes and improvements isn’t always easy. It can seem even harder when the goals are meant for sustainability. This year, however, I’ve decided to make a change by setting goals that allow me to take steps towards sustainability one at a time. As I mentioned last month, accomplishing goals can seem overwhelming at times, which is why I’ve decided to set affirmations instead. Having completed January, I’m looking forward to what’s next for February. However, before I jump in, here are a few moments and highlights from last month’s affirmation: I am a person who develops and maintains healthy relationships. Continue Reading ›
Life is full of difficulties, but there’s one challenge that is filled with complexities and no straight-forward answers. What is that challenge? Relationships. Whether it’s the relationship with family members, friends, significant others, partners, or co-workers, relationships are not always easy. While upholding this month’s affirmation to sustain healthy relationships, I found it’s more complex than you think. Not everyone thinks like you, acts like you would, or is supportive of your decisions. What can be done? Here are a few steps I learned that helped me maintain my affirmation both now and in the future: Continue Reading ›