Love Yourself…But Not Too Much 

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 “


Men (and Women) Were Not Made To Stare At Screens

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”

No Plans

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”

The Art of Being Uncomfortable

Many of us, myself included, often avoid being uncomfortable. It just doesn’t feel good. Why would we want to go out of our way to feel out of place, awkward, or not at ease? While we can try to avoid feeling uncomfortable, it’s completely unrealistic to feel comfortable all the time. Change and growth is part of life. Change is much more enjoyable when I embrace it, rather than fight or avoid it. In my personal experience, embracing the feeling of being uncomfortable has totally transformed my journey. Continue reading “The Art of Being Uncomfortable”

The Truth About Education in Tanzania

“Mwana unleavyo ndivyo akuavo”

As you Bring A Child Up, So He Will Be


Imagine you are in grade school. You are about 12-13 years old, have just completed your primary education, and are about to transition into a new and exciting period of your life as you enter secondary school or high school if you are a student from the United States. You will be going to a new school and do not know what to expect, you are feeling nervous excitement. It is your first day of school and to your surprise, your classes are taught in a completely different language! You’ve had some lessons in this foreign language, but you certainly do not speak it, nor can you read it. What would you do in this situation and who could you turn to for help? Imagine how limited your opportunities would be if your education ended abruptly at the high school level because of a language barrier. This is your reality if you are a student in the Tanzanian education system. A system set up only for wealthy children to succeed and less than 30% of average students to achieve secondary education. Continue reading “The Truth About Education in Tanzania”