27 Things I’ve Learned in 27 Years


I turn 27 on Saturday. Alright, I’ve said it. Now you’ll all know what’s going on when I start having my 29th birthday every year starting in 2015. Besides for the fact that I always thought this would be my hottest year (it always seemed so far away!), I feel like this is also going […]


Walking the Line as a Woman in Istanbul

Some good ole Turkish bonding.

“Did it hurt when you fell from heaven, baby?” “Come take a ride with me. It’ll be fun!” “How much, beautiful?” Walking down the streets of Istanbul, I’d never felt more verbally harassed in my entire life. I was spending my holidays in Turkey with my college roomie. We’d arrived there after island hopping on the […]


Are You Making the Most of Your 20s?

"101 Secrets For Your Twenties" loving life in Alaska.

How did we get here? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we were in elementary school, playing flashlight tag? Middle school, jumping up and down on the bed after our first dance? High school, sneaking Mike’s Hard Lemonades and closed-mouth kisses? Or even college, studying until 10 pm, partying until 3 am, and then doing it […]


A Day in My Life in Ketchikan, AK

Humpback and baby spouting.

CoolWorks, the hands-down best site for finding seasonal jobs, is hosting an event called CoolWorks 24/7-11 today. It’s meant to showcase days in the lives of various summer seasonal workers. I’m always interested in learning about the day-to-day of different jobs and am excited to participate. Because, you know, sometimes jobs sound really cool in […]


What It’s Like to Volunteer in a Nicaraguan School

First grade girls.

Earlier this year, I spent three glorious months volunteering with La Esperanza Granada in the Central American country of Nicaragua. I loved my experience, and I think that many others would, too. But there’s not a whole lot of information out there about volunteering in Nicaragua, or with this organization. With this post, I’d like to […]


10 Steps to Getting Totally Culturally Immersed

My confusion about eating in Korea led to a lot of new friends.

“Cultural immersion” is such a buzzword buzzphrase (can you say that?) these days. Nobody wants to be a “tourist;” they want to be a “traveler.” Nobody wants to skim the surface of a country or a culture; they want to become “immersed.” Though I think the whole traveler/tourist debate is a load of elitist baloney […]


How to Kick Ass at Your Summer Seasonal Job

Summer happiness!

Three cheers — the summer season has begun! I’m not sure if it’s leftover from when we were in school, but there’s a magical ring to the word “summer.” An added element of freedom and excitement that doesn’t come with with any other season. Even though I’m up here in Alaska, where the temperature is […]