A Grace Period (or How to Channel Your Sadness Into Love)

A Grace Period (or How to Channel Your Sadness Into Love)

This past week has me feeling heavy. I’ve felt heavy with the devastating news of recent school shootings in the U.S. and horrific stories of Syrian refugees abroad trying simply to survive. I’ve been struggling to process and understand the loss I see perpetuated on my television screen, on my Facebook newsfeed, in the chatter of colleagues and neighbors.

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Start Where You Are

Start Where You Are

It’s been a while since I’ve written on this platform, or at all for that matter. It’s been a while since I’ve shared my thoughts on current events, my favorite travel destinations or my stream-of-consciousness musings on the synchronicity of life. What once was a flurry of travel-related articles and how-to pieces and reflective posts morphed quickly into a vast, blank slate disguised as a clean white Word Document with a blinking cursor.

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A Weekend in San Francisco

A Weekend in San Francisco

I spent this past weekend in San Francisco with my best friends, roommates, and sorority sisters from college. Several of my friends live in the city, so we were able to stay at their gorgeous, modern home in Russian Hill. When we arrived on Friday night, the girls had a big spread of food and wine set out: apple and spinach salad, a variety of cheeses (pesto gouda was my favorite), crackers, clumps of fresh grapes, dark chocolate squares, strawberries dipped in white chocolate, nuts, spinach cheese dip, and raspberry Brie.

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7 Ways Travel Improves How We Connect With People

7 Ways Travel Improves How We Connect With People

1. You become a better listener.

One of the first things you discover during travel is that everyone has a story to tell. Your seatmate on the bus in Santiago was a Mormon missionary from Kansas who loved Chile so much he decided to stay past his two-year term. The woman who asks you for directions in Florence teaches neuropsychology in Finland but decided to take a 6-month sabbatical in Italy. You Airbnb hosts in Montpellier are botanists who spent 11 years in Mali studying the indigenous plants.

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