Life’s Blessings


The morning heat settled instantly on my skin upon stepping off my Turkish Airlines flight into Nepal. I breezed through the visa process since I was towards the front of the line, and quickly found my ride outside. Once the rest of our group arrived and we made the short drive to central Kathmandu, the van was surrounded with a whir of activity. Store owners setting up...

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Ever since the 2016 election results rolled in, I’ve been debating with myself on whether I should publish my very first post revolving around politics. I’ve decided I can’t hold back any longer. I will readily admit, I’ve been trapped in my own liberal bubble of ignorance and for a long time and refused to open my eyes to the entire half of America that...

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Sweden does a lot of things right. From work-life balance to recycling to slowing down and enjoying life, they have a lot of traditions we can learn from. Remember when my friend from Sweden came to Chicago? This time, it was my turn to visit her! I had the pleasure of visiting Sweden last summer and fell in love with everything about the way they live life...

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I’ve never cried on a plane before. But as I was 30,000 feet in the air somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, the kindness of others melted my heart and tears flowed down my face. I was barely a few chapters into The Kindness Diaries and I was already feeling its emotional impact all throughout my being. Written by Leon Logothetis, he tells the story of his journey to circumnavigate...

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It’s that time of year! The holidays are just around the corner and many of us are likely busy in preparation for food, gifts, travel, and more. Here in the United States, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving shortly. Yet, quite often Thanksgiving ends up being more about the food and less about what really matters. Whether or not you will also be celebrating, being thankful for...

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We stepped inside and all the light disappeared as a cloak of darkness fell over the room. I knew the dark was coming, but I have never been submerged in such complete pitch blackness before. I was holding on to a girl in front of me who I met a few minutes prior, and Brandon was holding on behind me. As we were led to our...

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After nearly eight hours in the air I finally arrived at my destination. The grass seemed to be such a vivid green, the people talked differently, and the streets looked like no city I had ever seen before. It was unfamiliarly beautiful and I was so excited to go explore that I couldn’t check in to my hotel fast enough. I had made it to Ireland for...

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“Some of my ancestors had to live in the mountains,” I told Brandon as we drove along the open stretch of road through central Colorado. He gave me that look I get at least once a day that asks, what crazy ideas are getting into your head this time? “I’m serious,” I said, in reply to his look. “I love the mountains way too much. Somewhere...

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Travel can be quite ugly at times. It’s not always sunshine and roses. It can be frustrating, exhausting, and even messy… like when I threw up on the boat in Italy. I never was the greatest with being on water. It messed up my equilibrium in ways that did not end pretty. But this was a special occasion. I was on vacation in Italy with my...

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