ADHD: The Key to My Success as an Adult in the Workplace

I’m typing this on my laptop while lying on my living room floor blasting music from Spotify’s Global Top 50 playlist. I can hear the wind blowing through the trees outside and see my dog looking out the window off to my right. I’m distinctly aware of the cars that pass by on the road…

On Women & The Process of Maturing

Yesterday was International Women’s Day and as I went to bed last night, I thought of the many women who have influenced me and made me who I am today. Strong women. Wild women. Passionate women. Beautiful women. I have grown up watching women sacrifice themselves quietly for their families and beliefs. I have seen…

Better Days

Anyone who knows me much at all has probably heard my despair at the inevitability of winter and cold weather. I despise being cold. Really, nine times out of ten, the air conditioning in the summer is excessive and unnecessary. Bring on the sunshine, warm weather, and let the good times roll. But I’m learning…

Everyday Choices

I’ve recently spent a good bit of time missing my life in Tanzania and thinking about how my choices are defining my life here. My life in Fort Wayne, Indiana looks vastly different from my life in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Or a good thing. But it is a…

Failing and Being a Failure

When I stop long enough to be even a little bit introspective, it doesn’t take me long to realize that I have a deeply ingrained fear of failure. Classes at IU start in just one week and I’m terrified. I’m not afraid of learning. I’m afraid to fail. Afraid I can’t focus or study or…

Summer!

Summer has always been my favorite season–its part of the reason why I loved Dar es Salaam, the land of endless summer! I love warm weather, sunshine, pools, oceans, and being outside. In Indiana, thanks to daylight savings time, summer also means that it is light from about 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., which, for…

“Home”

The night before leaving Tanzania, some of my dearest friends put this song on repeat and we sang it together at least six times. Though I was fighting back tears then, I had no idea how much I would miss those brothers and the friendships and family I made during my four years in Tanzania….

Street Harassment

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou “Hey baby, I love you.” It would be cute, sweet even, if the speaker was my boyfriend. But when it is a stranger on the street, it is not sweet. It…

Life in Community

One of the most incredible things about life here in Dar, more incredible even than the beach, ocean, and glorious sunshine, is life in community. There is something about life here that draws people together–even people who, in other contexts, might never be friends. I’ll readily admit that, as a twenty-eight year old single, I…

Writing my Transition Story

A perusal of any several of the thousands of blog posts written on expat transition—either incoming or outgoing—is sure to reveal at least one or two of the many horror stories that tend to grace many of these pages, replete with tales of driving on the wrong side of the road, overwhelming depression, and untold…

“How Do You Do It?” aka Traveling on a Budget

I’m well on my way to my (new) goal of traveling to thirty countries by time I turn thirty. Last week, I ticked off #23 with my four-day trip to Morocco. (Which, by the way, if you get a chance, go to Morocco. It was incredible, and I already want to go back someday!) By…

Morocco

Five days in Morocco is nowhere near enough. It is a gorgeous country, and holds endless potential for adventure: surfing, cycling, motorcycles, hiking, climbing, etc. But for this trip, I opted to spend the majority of my time with friends in Fes, and for that I have no regrets. I am leaving Morocco encouraged beyond…