Thoughts on Getting Older and My Last Year as a Twenty-Something

Thoughts on Getting Older and My Last Year as a Twenty-Something

There's something funny about birthdays and the way they force you to take a pause, assess your surroundings, and reflect on where you've been and where you're going. This Thursday is my 29th birthday. I'd hardly consider myself a crone, but I also think it's safe to say I've FINALLY graduated from the "finding myself" [...]

Reflections on the Christchurch Attack

Yesterday, white supremacists walked into the Masjid al Noor mosque and the Linwood Masjid with assault rifles in their hands and hatred in their hearts and Christchurch, a city still recovering from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes, will not be the same. Around 3:00pm yesterday, I was sitting at my desk on the University of [...]

Our Engagement Story

Our Engagement Story

This past week marked one year since Pete and I got engaged. Feeling a little nostalgic, I went back to old posts from the early days of AwP only to discover that I'd completely failed to share the story of how Pete proposed. My bad! So in honor of one year with a ring on [...]

Why Homesickness Never Really Goes Away When You’re a Nomad

Moving overseas takes a lot of work. For months, your life is taken over by a seemingly never-ending to-do list of unpacking boxes, shopping for furniture, starting a new job, trying to figure out how the heck to get to the grocery store, and so on. You are discovering new things every time you step [...]

My Family Tree

My Family Tree

When I was nine, I was given a school assignment to make a family tree. Using scissors and glue, the standard tools for any elementary school art project, I arranged photos of my family onto a large white poster board. Next to eachย picture I drew the lines that connected us. As part of the assignment, [...]