New Portland Mural

Reconstructing Life After Travel

Putting the pieces back in place.

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Springfield Illinois

American Re-Entry

Sometimes it's a shock to return to your home country.

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Art Overseas part 2

Art Overseas: Part 2

The UK, Norway, Spain and Italy

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Nightime Blue Mosque

A Layover in Istanbul

A recap of our short time between Italy and returning to the States.

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Art Overseas Part 1

Art Overseas: Part 1

Belgium, Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Morocco and France

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Light over Todi

Closing this Chapter

Finding fulfillment to the point of 'enough' with a wonderful journey.

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Jess and the Rooster

High Heels vs Chickens

Thinking about the many kinds of life we can lead

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Travel, Culture and the Pursuit of Inspiration

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2013 Lessons Learned/Favorite Moments

Yes, I know that it’s a week into 2014 and I’m stuck in the past, but forgive me. It was an adventurous year, so I’d rather be a bit late in reflecting before properly moving on to anticipate whatever 2014 has to bring. So I’m taking a moment to reflect on some lessons learned and some of my favorite moments. …

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Portland Mural

Reconstructing Life After Travel

I’ve learned a big lesson since returning to the US after 10 months of travel overseas: reconstructing your life after travel is a lot harder than deconstructing it before leaving. There’s something liberating about grasping the idea and belief that if you’re willing to take the risk and let go of your material stuff, your job and your home, which …

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Holiday Fireflies

Seeking Holiday Fireflies

It’s Christmas Eve, and although I myself do not identify as Christian, my family has always celebrated Christmas (and Hannukah – both sides represent!) and so I wanted to extend my warmest wishes for a holiday season to all. Whatever holiday you celebrate (or don’t), often this time can be one of joy, warmth, inspiration and giving. We can also …

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Springfield, Illinois

American Re-Entry

For those of you who thought that just because we were stateside we’d stop writing, sorry but here I am. Plus, the return home after a long journey is generally a topic that is often overlooked I think – we’re mostly focused on the leaving. I also have had several suggestions that I should just keep writing as though I’m …

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ArtOverseas

Art Overseas: Part 2

Jon and I are back stateside, but before we completely re-enter the world of whatever is to come, I wanted to follow up on my two-part series about art overseas. I can’t pretend that these writings are comprehensive by all means. Books have been written, heck grad programs are built on art and culture in these places. So this is …

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Nightime Blue Mosque

A Layover in Istanbul

When Jon and I made our arrangements to go back to the United States, we had to get ourselves to Springfield, Illinois for a 3 day visit and then on to Seattle where Olympia would be our final destination (until we find a place to live in Portland). In an odd yet perfect ending to this journey, our flight path …

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