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 each picture I drew the lines that connected us. As part of the assignment, [...]

Pass The Stuffing; My First Thanksgiving In NZ

This week I celebrated my first American Thanksgiving in New Zealand! Despite not having finished unpacking, Pete and I decided we still wanted to have some friends over to celebrate Turkey Day. Our friends accepted the invitation, excited to experience a classic American holiday. It's a bit of a miracle that we managed it, given [...]

The Farewell Tour Concludes (And Visa Updates)

The Farewell Tour Concludes (And Visa Updates)

This week has been a whirlwind. After getting back from Florida on Wednesday night after a twelve hour travel day, I had one day to decompress before flying to San Diego for the USAFL National Tournament. I've been playing footy for over three years but this was my first time playing at Nationals. Going into [...]

6 Tips For Networking From Overseas

When people find out that I'm moving to New Zealand, they almost always ask me about what I’ll do for work. Thankfully, a partner resident visa doesn't have any employment restrictions. I’m hoping to find a job quickly because its almost November now and like the States, companies don’t usually hire during the holiday season. [...]

Counting The Days; What It’s Like When Your Fiancé Moves Before You

We had always planned to be apart for one month. Pete's H1B visa allowing him to work in the U.S. expired on October 1st, 2017. Passing on the option to extend it when we decided to move to New Zealand, Pete booked his flight  home for September 28th. I would stay behind for a few [...]