There’s a woman named Anne at my church. She is the picture of authenticity. She catches us off-guard with her honest, knowing smile. She builds rapport without uttering a word. Anne grew up dodging bullets in east Africa. She now lives in Pasadena with her two daughters and sings every now and then during our… [Read More]
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We live in an age where we feel as though everything matters and nothing can wait. Between headlines, notifications, and the regular demands of our work and home life, it is all too easy to go through an entire day (or week) doing nothing other than responding to what feels like crisis. Our rhythm begins… [Read More]
This is a guide to Oaxaca City, Mexico. It’s also a bit of a memoir. We spent a week there absorbing its magic, wandering its alleys, and tasting its impeccable food. I want to remember all of it. And I want you to know about it– where to eat, stay, and play while there.
The past month has been quite the whirlwind. From Oaxaca to Guatemala back to Los Angeles, I feel ready to be in one place for a while. It’s in the moments between journeys that we are able to absorb and process all that we’ve experienced. And even though I’ve been back for two weeks from… [Read More]
Cambodia is a place I’ll never forget. I grew up dreaming of visiting, and in April of this year, I finally did– with two of my best girl friends from college, one of whom just finished two years with Peace Corps there. If you’ve ever to traveled to Southeast Asia, you’ll find a lot of… [Read More]
Today, Aaron and I celebrate 3 years. 3 years since we said that we do– do vow to love, cherish, endure, laugh, adventure, advocate, serve, and give– with each other. And it’s weeks like this (months like this, really), when I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate. To pause and say, “This has been… [Read More]
I’ll admit it. My passion for capsule wardrobes has waxed and waned. Back in the early days of this blog, I literally committed to 30-or-so items for 3 months, and made it happen. That was then, this is now. What I learned in that process is that limiting your possessions is an excellent exercise– and… [Read More]
I sat down this afternoon, determined to write about my trip to Cambodia. But this is the piece that unfurled instead. Because whenever I think for more than a moment about my recent visit to the Khmer kingdom, my proud smile melts into a heart-wrenching longing. You see, the trip was the beautiful, incredible, amazing adventure I… [Read More]
Purpose and perseverance are two weighty words. And we need both. But we often overlook their value until we’ve lost them. Without purpose, I am predisposed to overachievement. To gratify myself somehow with the hustle to prove my worth. Without something greater to work toward, I find myself spinning outwardly in. Without perseverance, I find myself frustrated and… [Read More]
When it comes to self-care practices, I’m not an expert. Self-care isn’t even a term I love; for some reason, it turns up in the files of my brain along with the same search terms for “me-time.” A part of me still bristles when anyone says, “I can’t. I need a little me-time.” But here’s… [Read More]