One of the most common questions I have been asked in my adult life is, “Wow, how did you end up there?” My current position as an au pair in little, ol’ Pattensen, the year I spent in high school in South Africa, going to school and working for a fashion designer in California, or… Continue reading Short Story Long…
I am not even sure they realized they were doing it at the time, but growing up my parents gave me the best gift ever. They were usually quite thoughtful at gift giving (apart from that one Christmas when I didn’t get the “My Size Barbie” I had been dreaming of. There still may be… Continue reading The Best Gift I Ever Received
We’ve all heard the phrase, “When one door closes, another one opens.” The more I think about this, the more I realize how passive and lame it is to live life that way. Why would we want to live such a submissive life where our fate is decided on our inability to get through a… Continue reading The Bird
When I landed in South Africa, in 2006, I was a very naïve, wide-eyed, and extremely jet-lagged 17-year-old girl. I remember lying in bed on my second night there, crying. Nearly a year, so far away from home, felt extremely daunting. I silently wished away time and cursed myself for jumping so far out of… Continue reading Chances, we should take ’em.