The State of My Nation

I was a Senior in high school the first year I was eligible to vote. It was 2008 and Obama's campaign ran on one simple principle, hope. Shepard Fairey's duo-chrome portrait of the then-presidential nominee's face was splashed on billboards and bulletin boards everywhere, challenging the Nation to believe a better future was possible. I'm not [...]

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" [...]

Why I Started a Book Club and What I’ve Learned Along the Way

Why I Started a Book Club and What I’ve Learned Along the Way

For years, I'd wanted to join a book club. They're the perfect dichotomy. On one hand, they create safe outlets for robust intellectual discourse and on the other, they're the perfect excuse to get together with your girlfriends on a school night and drink some wine. I'd never joined a book club before because they were [...]

A Wedding Update: What’s Keeping Me Busy One Month Before the Big Day

A Wedding Update: What’s Keeping Me Busy One Month Before the Big Day

It may be raining nonstop here in Christchurch (seriously over this dreary weather), but that hasn't stopped me from juggling work, holiday prep, wedding planning, and some other exciting news I can't wait to share with you soon! With just over a month to go, we've had to get serious about crossing off items on [...]

My First Taste of Kiwiana – When Big Band Came to Town

My First Taste of Kiwiana – When Big Band Came to Town

This past weekend, Christchurch's social calendar was jam-packed. Between Festa and the annual Christchurch Big Band Festival, the CBD was buzzing with life. As part of the music festival, bands were spread across town, playing big band classics by Count Bassey and Glen Miller on stages at the new Central Library, outside the Christchurch Art [...]