Lending and Doing Good: Kiva

In the past year, a couple of people have approached me, asking about how I find companies to volunteer with or donate money to. It’s often not the easiest process, and with all things, word of mouth is the best way to find out about those not-for-profits that are really changing the world bit by bit. Kiva is no exception. Both in that this non-profit organization is changing the world, and I heard about it from a friend. Here’s Kiva’s...
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Bathroom Embarrassments in the Dominican Republic

Oops upon a travel, I woke up in the Dominican Republic in a house where only Spanish speakers lived. Minus me. I woke that morning expecting Spanish fluency from myself. Rolling out of my bed proved difficult as my body seemed to have designs on a butterfly metamorphosis since my sheets tightly cocooned me under the mint green mosquito net. In the darkened room, I fumbled around for my flip flops. Sleepily, I wandered into the pink bathroom. Ignoring the...
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7 Tips To Being The Best Intern Ever

[image found here] An internship wasn’t required by my college for my English major. I went to the job fair on that fated day junior year because I thought it would be the responsible thing to do. Dutifully, I moved from table to table to chat with men and women who surely felt they might have better things to be doing. A newspaper man exclaimed over the importance of his job, punctuated by the eager nods of students around me,...
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Sometimes I talk out loud in hopes that someone might hear me.

Sometimes I talk out loud in hopes that someone might hear me. Sometimes people do, and they look at me. Sometimes they nod. Sometimes they stare through me as though I don’t actually exist. I guess I’m okay with that. I don’t like being a loner, but I often am. I’m just not patient enough to wait around for people to talk to me and to laugh with me. I like to sit and watch people. You see them limp...
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Welcome 2015!

I’m a morning person. No, that doesn’t mean that I wake up and be all talkative and annoying in the morning. It means that I usually roll out of bed at hours most would prefer to still be sleeping through and I do it all with a smile on my face. I like to cozy up in an old winged chair to ponder over the day I left behind and the day that I have coming. Sometimes this means journaling....
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Culture Shock vs. Culture Stress

If you’ve done any type of traveling, it’s likely that you’ve heard of cultural shock. It can be akin to running from hot sand into the cool Atlantic ocean—the experience shocks your skin because you’ve transitioned from one physical circumstance to another. It takes your body time to adjust. Travelers are used to culture shock. It’s the quick discovery of all the things that are different from culture to culture—the habits that make you stick out as a foreigner and...
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Merry Christmas: A List of Favorites

For me, Christmas isn’t Christmas without some amazing music. And I love good music. My favorite right now is Pentatonix, especially their cover of “White Winter Hymnal”. If you’re interested in something a bit more raw and maybe a bit more indy, then you should check out Von Strantz’ “The Light”. I know this group personally and enjoy their music and their passion for good music. The next thing that makes me feel like it’s Christmas is to eat Sugar...
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Love Mis-Communicated

I like to be loved. I think most people could agree with that statement; honestly, who doesn’t like to be loved! But have you ever just felt that someone didn’t know how to love you? Like they were speaking a totally different language?! All through my teenage years, my mom tried so hard to love the very ornery and unlovable me. She stocked the freezer with my favorite ice cream flavors and made my life easier in a million different...
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Uncertainty: When The Future Seems Unclear

Do you ever feel like life is way more uncertain than you would like? Do you ever find yourself making a list simply because it makes something feel concrete in your life? Or maybe just taking slow deep breaths to steady a heartbeat that won’t stop skittering too fast because you don’t know what life will look like tomorrow or a month from tomorrow? 2014 has been the most unexpected year. By nature, I’m a planner. I like things to...
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Compassion International

When you’re a kid sitting at the dinner table, staring at that terrible pile of green peas that you must eat before being excused, hearing that there are starving children all over the world so you should eat your food is hardly good motivation. They wouldn’t want to eat it either, you think. But then, give that poverty-stricken child a face. Compassion International does exactly that, bringing children from all over the world to your fingertips. You see big eyes...
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