I've been back though for seven months and have spent the majority of that time reevaluating every aspect of my life - a somewhat daunting task. I love India. I love going to India. I love eating Indian food (especially southern). I love watching Indian movies (especially Hindi, Malayalam, and Tamil). I love listening to … Continue reading Honesty and Updates.
Earlier this year. In the Spring. I had made an announcement. I was writing a book! Weaving together tales from my six trips, it would be a massive feel-good find-yourself novel and it was going to be spectacular. I wrote 5 to 10 pages daily. I planned the outline, scenes, character profiles. It was going … Continue reading Announcement!
So the other day I was just chilling. Minding my own business. Creeping on Facebook. The usual. For fun, I popped over to my YouTube Studio app and saw that I had like 10,000 views in the last 48 hours. Usually it hovers around 200. Naturally, I was very surprised. I continued to watch it … Continue reading Sudden Explosion of Views.
If you're familiar with my latest trip to India and the toll it took on me, you'll notice a fair bit of symbolism throughout this. I've been writing a lot lately and this is one of them that I like so thought I'd share. Standing at the edge of the water she looks side to … Continue reading I Wrote a Thing.
Leaving home is difficult. Entering the unknown and being surrounded by the unfamiliar can be overwhelming. But I planned everything. I was in regular contact with all of my volunteer projects and everything was confirmed. There was nothing to be worried about. There was no room for uncertainty. Before you read this, please do not … Continue reading Why I Came Home.
Next month my life could go in one of four very different directions. Two would be incredible, one is what I came for, and one would be easy. Whichever path I go down will be new. Will I be accepted as travel presenter and travel the country helping make videos? Will I accept the role … Continue reading Making Decisions.
Now that my kidney stone and broken bone fiascos are complete, I feel so refreshed and grateful. You don't realize how amazing it feels to not feel any pain or nausea until you've been plagued by it constantly. Last night I went out for a little bit just to test my limits. Today I went … Continue reading Re-Entering the World.
As this blog also doubles as my personal diary, it won't always be adventures and mishaps that I discuss. No funny stories or beautiful photos today. I am an American. A proud American. Born in a small midwestern town just a few hours south of Chicago, I have lived a fairly easy life. Straight ✔ … Continue reading I’m More Afraid of Trump than Terrorists.
After my disastrous week, I managed to secure the cheapest AirBNB home in all of South India at just $232 for a month. Yes, a private room for less than $8 per day. Big room, tv, good modern house, hot water, and toilet paper. Yes, toilet paper is a big deal and I had not … Continue reading Renting an Apartment in India.
As I sit in my room looking at the chaos surrounding me, I wonder if I'm doing the right thing. I have an amazing apartment. It's in a great neighborhood and walking distance to 4 (FOUR!) grocery stores, numerous restaurants, and even three different bus lines. It has continuous sidewalks. You know how sometimes they're every other … Continue reading Am I Doing the Right Thing?