The Art of Pák-Pɔ̀n

So each morning, I’m up just after the sun and a full day with lots of hours presents itself to me. I’m learning it’s ok not to fill every moment. I have to consciously tell myself to take a deep breath. To be kind to myself and to be ok with just being.

Open Letter to My Fellow Thailand PCV’s Group 129

You, my friend, are capable. You’re here because you’re passionate. You love people. You want to be a mentor for children. You offer so much to this world, even if it doesn’t always feel like it. The work we do is more about being present than perfect. It’s about being open to learning new things. We’re in the business of building relationships and in the process we get the chance to engage in the kind of cross cultural immersion many people only dream of.

Road to Rayong

“Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into.” -Wendell Berry

Now I Know I Can Do This

Soon we will reach the finish line. Leaving the Peace Corps Trainee title behind and finally swearing-in as Peace Corps Volunteers, and now I know I can do this.

Worth It

Biking is our primary form of transportation here. After some preliminary bike maintenance headaches, I’ve grown rather fond of my new ride. I often bike with my friend (who is also my neighbor) since we are in the same language class. Last week, we were heading home as usual, setting a good pace and trying…

I Can Survive Today

Every morning since I moved in with my host family, like it or not, I’ve been awake before my iPhone alarm, before the sun has risen, before anyone in their right minds should be awake. All because of an lovely OBNOXIOUS bird squawking to its heart’s content. This bird has a screech that has penetrated…

New Normal

The room I’m sitting in doesn’t have a door. My belongings are lovingly scattered among my suitcases with a select few outfits occupying the eight hangars I was given. My bed, while comfortable and wonderful, is a mattress on the floor covered by a pink mosquito net. My shower more closely resembles a tub of…

Sawatdee ka, Thailand!

“Human knowledge is never contained in one person. It grows from the relationships we create between each other and the world, and still it is never complete.” ― Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air On the flight to Thailand – or I should more accurately say – on the crazy long, day and half trek to Thailand, I…

Ready…Set…Staging!

The application process for getting accepted into the Peace Corps is not for the faint of heart. I wrote a lot about my process and the “why” of my service right over here. You write statements, seek recommendations, scour the internet for tips, finally get an interview request, scour the internet some more, interview, and…

2016 Reading Challenge: 50 books

This book is a masterpiece of storytelling. The human and emotional depth is especially impressive given the vast cultural difference the author also had to include and make understood. There is nothing funny about this book. What makes it so good is the depth of honesty and pain that the author doesn’t shy away from….

Grandpa

“As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” John 9:4-5 As a young girl I wondered about him from the absences. Years later, I witnessed him in the transition. And now,…

A Few of My Favorite Books

The Chosen by Chaim Potok An instant favorite. Chaim Potok is an incredibly gifted writer and captured emotions throughout the book that I don’t think I have ever experienced in writing before. A beautiful story full of pain, heartbreak, love and friendship. To write about friendship and the relationship between men and their sons in…