Social Distancing Diaries, Part 1

Social Distancing Diaries, Part 1

It's 10am and the sun is pouring into the apartment. It's an impossibly pretty Spring morning. On any other normal day, I'd be tempted to get dressed and head into the city to spend my afternoon there. I would pick my favorite co-working cafe and work there for hours, energized just by being around other [...]

I Moved Abroad For Love. Here’s What I Want You to Know.

I Moved Abroad For Love. Here’s What I Want You to Know.

Hey readers, I've been wanting to write about this for a long, long time but it's a big topic and a personal one, too. As a fiercely independent and travel-obsessed woman, the thought of 'relying' on a man to influence my future plans scared me, a lot. At twenty-three, I had no concrete life plan, [...]

7 Things I’ve Learned About Loving a Belgian

7 Things I’ve Learned About Loving a Belgian

Hey readers! I want to talk about love and transnational relationships. What do I know? I’ve been with a Belgian for eight years, married for almost five. After years of navigating our cultural differences, I've come to some general conclusions. Although these are my personal observations, my other foreign friends who also happen to love [...]

15 Things I Would Tell My 23 Year Old Self Before Moving Abroad

15 Things I Would Tell My 23 Year Old Self Before Moving Abroad

The longer I live abroad the more I realize everything makes more sense with a bit of distance and time. When I boarded my flight to France in 2011, I was so ready to take on whatever was coming my way although I really didn't have a clue as to what I was doing. With [...]

One Month Later: Our New Life in France

One Month Later: Our New Life in France

It's amazing what a difference one month can make! Not too long ago we were scrambling to pack up our lives up into boxes and bags. We were saying goodbye to two years in Belgium and wondering what France and the INSEAD experience would actually be like. Today we're nestled into cottage living in Samoreau [...]

Giving Thanks: Friendsgiving Edition

Giving Thanks: Friendsgiving Edition

Thanksgiving to an American can mean several things. It can mean delicious traditions, travel, family reunions....Mostly, it means happy, satiated bellies with your closest family. Growing up, my family was always better at Thanksgiving than Christmas. Maybe it was our shared love of food and talking for hours that seemed to jell better with the holiday. [...]

One Year Later Back in Makassar

One Year Later Back in Makassar

It's amazing what can happen in a years time. This is my experience of going back to Makassar, the first city of our Asian adventure: [Moving here was hard; Living here was hard. It was just as hard as I allowed it to be, and boy was it. When I moved to Makassar, my anxiety was [...]