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Bonner, Montana - May 2015
The Journey, Wellness

How’s Your Wi-Fi?

DISCLAIMER: I’m about to get uncomfortably real here for a second. Bear with me.

Today, I am not okay.

In fact, I feel about as far from okay as a person can get.

I’m homesick for a place that’s 14,397 kilometers away; I’m struggling to sleep and eat; and I’d like nothing more than to give the world and my new ten-second rule a callous middle finger.

Should I really be blogging then, if I’m feeling this disconnected from myself? Yes, for two reasons.

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En route to Mt Hotham - Victoria, Australia - August 2016
The Journey, Wellness

Beef Jerky in a Ball Gown

Originally, I planned to title this post “Ten Seconds to Happy,” but later on I make reference to one Ms. Kimmy Schmidt, and the jarring visual of a salty stick of meat draped in crinoline was too good to pass up. (Titus, you legend.) And besides, I’ve been hard at work channeling strength and self-love, so a metaphor for tough and beautiful seemed apropos.

So here’s the thing: happiness is only ten seconds away. Less, even. This might sound farfetched, but neuroscience and Netflix suggest otherwise.

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Gulhi, Maldive Islands - Sunset - July 2016
Lifestyle, The Journey, This Thursday's Thought

Losing My Religion

As I’ve mentioned before, a writer’s homework is reading.

Since moving to Australia, I made the conscious decision to incorporate more Australian literature into my homework routine. This also doubles as a measure of my cultural competency: where once I used to trip over “textas” and “trackie dacks,” I’ve now mastered many of Australia’s colloquialisms. (I think) thats a good thing.

At the recommendation of one of my housemates, I dove into Jennifer Down’s Our Magic Hour, an aerial view of life after loss.

In an exchange between the protagonist, Audrey, and her partner, Nick, Audrey is scolded with a hard-hitting metaphor:

“Your religion is other people’s happiness. It’s absurd.”

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Art at Heide Museum of Modern Art - Melbourne, VIC
Blog, The Journey

What I Learned from 31 Days of Blogging

…and we’re back!

Sorry for the hiatus, everyone. True to my introvert nature, I needed time off to recharge after spending 31 days unable to distinguish where my fingers ended and the keyboard began.

Originally, I was sure I’d spend the final day of my personal blogging challenge waxing poetically about the wins, struggles, and lessons learned. By the time I reached the finish line, though, I was too exhausted to know what I thought.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve reverted back to “business as usual;” amidst all the life living and trip planning (Sri Lanka and the  Maldives, here I come!), a handful of little gemstones crystallized into four big ideas:

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