10 Silent Days: My Vipassana Meditation Experience

One of the goals for my “Unplanned Year” was to attend a 10 day Vipassana Meditation course in the hopes that it would help me develop a regular meditation practice. Wow – did it ever give me more than that. It was without a doubt one of the hardest and best things I’ve ever done, and I recommend it highly to absolutely anybody. It is such a gift.

Continue reading

YOLO: A New Experience Every Month

I set the goal at the beginning of 2016 to intentionally seek out one new experience every month… I called it my “YOLO List.” This was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself and I’ll definitely keep it up in 2017.  Below is a list of what I’ve been up to – this color font indicates it was something that scared me. It is worth mentioning that those (scary!) things were the ones I’m especially glad I did.

Continue reading

Wanderlust: 30 Countries in 30 Years

When I was 14 years old, my parents arranged a house exchange to Fiji.  It took 2 days, 3 planes, and a 4 hour bus ride.  While I had traveled a little bit before this, it was the first time I had ever found myself so not “at home.” We spent a month living in another family’s house, driving their car, visiting their school, and sleeping in their beds.  Seeing inside their life made me curious about how other people in other places lived. This was when I became infected with the travel bug.

Since then, I’ve been to 28 countries in my 28 years; my goal is to make it to 30 countries before turning 30.

Continue reading