Welcome to my blog! I’m a 22 year old adventuress who never imagined living overseas until a funded opportunity to do so crossed my path in college. At that point, I was a bit of a homebody. However, cognizant of the transformation awaiting me, I took a gamble and embarked upon a journey to the verdant Emerald Isle.
And indeed, my nine months in Derry, Northern Ireland were revolutionary. I grew in confidence and autonomy. I finally understood the beauty of intercultural connection and trust. I learned to revel in risk. I basked in the inexplicable beauty of a stranger’s kindness. I made some of the closest friends I’ll ever have. And I was nearly brought to tears by the wonderful network of Christ-followers that worship our Lord in the same way, no matter where they call home.
After traveling to fifteen European countries, couch-surfing with locals in many of the cities I visited and forming deep connections with my Derry network, I returned home to Washington DC in May 2015. The next summer, I had the unexpected joy of making a life-changing pilgrimage to Israel.
As I reflect on these experiences, I realize that the yearning to travel will always remain like a burr on my shoe. I could be disheartened by the constant desire to roam, or I could simply bring the joys and pains of my wandering heart wherever the Lord chooses to take me. I have come to see that we travelers can (and are called to) be content in any situation – even when the next overseas peregrination is not yet on the horizon.
Adventure is always around the corner. Even amidst the routines of our daily grind, we simply have to open our eyes to find it. And in the interim between adventures, the stillness has much to teach us too.
If you can either live vicariously through my tales or be moved by my reflections, I will be overjoyed. Happy reading, and thanks for stopping by.