I remember one of the first times I experienced hate. Pure raw hate. It completely shocked and chilled me. I was living in Kansas City at the time (no clue how long ago this was but like 8ish years?) and I went to see Judy Shepard speak. Her son, Matthew Shepard was tragically murdered in 1998 in Wyoming because he was gay. Continue reading “The Hate”
So, at the risk of making enemies, I have to say this.
Yes, it would be cool to have a woman as president. Yes, I am a feminist and believe in women’s empowerment, strong women, etc.
But. Do we like Hillary because she would be a great president and she’s the right person for the job? Or because she’s a woman and we want to make history again? Continue reading “Because She’s a Woman? Or the Right Person?”
We are told to love ourselves, but just enough, not too much that we are full of ourselves, narcissistic, self-centered, you get it. My mom used to say “the world revolves around Julie” when I was a kid (and it made me really mad). Perhaps children are naturally self-centered, but as we grow up we develop this thing called self and/or social awareness, well most of us do, and we begin to see the ‘bigger picture’. So how much should we love ourselves, and how do we know when it’s too much? Continue reading “Love Yourself…But Not Too Much “
Let’s talk about stress. Stress has been a theme for me the past few weeks. There are big stresses, like moving, balancing full time work and school, learning a new job, planning a wedding (not that I’ve ever thought about/ done that), but you know what I mean. Then there are small stresses that we deal with every day. Those small annoying things that add to our anxiety just a little every day. Continue reading “Men (and Women) Were Not Made To Stare At Screens”
So I’m learning Kiswahili before I head to Tanzania this summer. What is Kiswahili you ask? Well. Let me tell you. Kiswahili is actually the proper name of the language Swahili, spoken in many countries in East Africa. It’s just that we say it wrong, and don’t even know that we say it wrong. It drives Kiswahili speaking people crazy! Continue reading “The Kiswahili Challenge”
I remember the moment I realized I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life, and the feeling of simultaneous fear and freedom. I had my whole life planned out. Then I moved away from home, and from everything I knew or that was comfortable. Of course I always have an idea about what I’d like to happen, it’s just that, it usually doesn’t happen. Like ever. Flexibility is something I’ve acquired through moving and traveling, and it’s saved me time and time again. Continue reading “No Plans”
Alright, everyone wants pictures of themselves doing cool things- I get it. Who doesn’t want to document their travels, and pictures are great proof you were actually there, right? I love a good picture of myself in front of the Taj Mahal or Machu Pichhu, however, I am not a fan of the selfie stick- I don’t own one, and never will. Here’s why. Continue reading “Separation By Selfie Stick”