4 Reasons Self-Care When Traveling is Important + A Day Trip to Salzburg

Last week, I experienced food poisoning for the first time. It was horrid—apparently my body had a severe adverse reaction to the vegetarian chicken wrap I’d had for lunch from McDonald’s, in an effort to be budget-conscious in an expensive city like Salzburg, Austria. I did a day trip to the picturesque city from where [...]

Feminism and Prostitution: My Experiences in the Red Light District

Ahh, good ole' prostitution. The oldest profession in the world. I've been working on this article for about two weeks (sorry for the delay in posts, friends) because it's an issue I consider to be really important. The conversation I'm trying to have here goes much beyond the scope of what can be contained in [...]

EUROPE PART ONE (& a bit of nyc)

Hello readers!! I am writing to you from the Newark Airport in New Jersey. My flight for Barcelona departs in three hours! I have been waiting eleven months for this day, and it has finally arrives *heart eye emoji*. I realized the other day, however, that I never wrote about my Europe trip on this [...]

Honoring Your Body — What’s That All About?

What does it mean to "honor your body"? Does it look like dressing modestly, being ever aware of the opposite sexes' eyes on you? After all, modest is hottest, amiright? Does it look like keeping your skin clean from unnecessary, self-indulgent piercings and tattoos? Does it mean refraining from sexual encounters until marriage? When you [...]

Growth, Constants, and Uncomfortability: An Exercise in Listening to Ourselves

Preface: As I wrote this post, I was unsure where to begin. I began and rewrote and scratched out and deleted over and over again. The final post is much longer than typical posts, so stick with me to see my thoughts on these last two years of my life, some things I've learned, and where [...]

The Soul Year: Confronting Expectations, Redefining Success, and Laughing in Failure’s Face

Hello everyone! It's been a hot minute. I'm intentionally taking a step back from my blog right now, to refocus my life on what's truly important and what I want this space to look like moving forward. That being said, I've been talking to other young twenty-somethings from around the world over the past few [...]

Wait to Date: Why the “Date-to-Marry” Mentality Can Be Toxic

For all of high school, I subscribed to the belief that dating without the intention of marriage is pointless. Why would you waste your time with a significant other if you couldn't see yourself marrying them? Why invest time, money, emotions, resources, etc. if you didn't picture a future with them? This largely stemmed from [...]