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December 3, 2018

NEW YORK

In August, I woke up one day and realized that I needed to go to New York for the Writer’s Digest Conference. I bought an airline ticket and registered days before the conference, and I think motion became a theme for that trip from there. While at the conference, I met so many wonderful new - Read More -

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November 16, 2018

FUSHIMI INARI

Visiting Fushimi Inari in Kyoto was another surreal moment during my whirlwind visit to Japan (4 cities –Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Yokohama–in 5 days!). I had seen pictures of the thousands of torii (Shinto gates that symbolize that everything on the other side of them is holy) at Fushimi Inari in Kyoto…and I’d dreamed of one - Read More -

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July 29, 2018

THE GAMBIA

Similar to “The Bahamas,” I learned that Gambia is, in fact, correctly called “The Gambia.” It is a tiny sliver of a country that’s actually within Senegal geographically. While Senegal was colonized by France, The Gambia was colonized by Britain. As a result, the language there is English. However, the natives communicated in a version of Wolof that - Read More -

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July 29, 2018

SANTO ANTAO

I have been meaning to post updates to the page with recent travels, but I fell really behind. Instead of real-time thoughts from the trips, I thought I’d just include simple posts with key memories from the trips, along with lessons/lingering thoughts that I’ve had as a result. So…from October to April, I was on - Read More -

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April 14, 2018

FEELING OVERWHELMED

I feel like every stage of writing my latest book has been overwhelming. I’m even taking a break to write this post because I feel overwhelmed haha I don’t know that what I’m about to write will help with the feeling, but I hope to look back on this post one day and laugh about - Read More -

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April 9, 2018

ABOUT WRITING AND ART

I fell into writing. I never thought that I would be a writer full time! My college degrees are in Engineering and Business, and I figured that I’d find some way to parlay that into a long career in Business, Law, or something else that would allow me to take over the world…you know, the - Read More -

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March 13, 2018

COMPLETION

The journey to complete my third book, Seven Lives, has been both thrilling and exhausting! I set a personal goal for myself, sometime in January, that I wanted to finish the manuscript within a year of starting. Here’s a bit about how that went ;) Outwardly, this goal seemed achievable. I started the book on March - Read More -

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April 21, 2017

INTO THE RABBIT HOLE

I’ll tell you a not-so-secret secret…I’m working on a new book! Haha My life has been a bit consumed with it, and it’s even strange to take a few minutes out to write this post. But I’m making popcorn, so I figured I’d use that time to record this moment for my future self…haha ;) - Read More -

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November 4, 2016

THE TRUTH

As I hike through the Valley of Paul today, I keep thinking of truth. Of how some people go through extraordinary measures to avoid telling the truth and end up causing far more damage than if they would have told the truth in the first place. Of how we lie to ourselves. How we avoid - Read More -

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October 14, 2016

LIFE IS A JOURNEY

While reflecting on a couple of lovely days spent traveling around my beautiful island of Santo Antao, I’m inspired to think about the journey of life. The featured photo was taken from the crater of a volcano here. How does someone come to live in the crater of a volcano? How do all of the decisions - Read More -

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