Creative Existence and My First Giveaway



Creativity. Discovery. Enchantment. This is my new mantra, inspired by reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. This is the type of existence I want to live. One filled with creativity, adventures filled to the brim with simple and grand discoveries, and one in which…

Naked & Unafraid: My Experience Modeling Nude



photo: Zenith Richards The tequila and lime helped keep the summer heat at bay in my good friend’s apartment turned photo studio. We had just finished shooting some portraits and were sitting in a comfortable silence when he suddenly and unexpectedly asked me if…

How to Keep Up Your Spanish Skills Once You’re Gone



You’ve worked so hard to learn the language during your time in the captivating España, so what happens if you leave the country? All those words that took you days to remember start slipping away and your sentences start to become slightly…

Discovering the Hidden Enchantment of Madrid



Secret terraza in the heart of Madrid I had a serious hankering for a crepe. Hankering to be read as: I was daydreaming about it all day long and used any situation as an excuse to break my self-imposed rule of desserts only on…

My Grandmother’s Untold Story: Survivor of War



Seventy-five years later and my grandmother still wakes up screaming during the night. The memories of the Japanese invasion still haunt her all these years later. There’s not much that I know about my grandmother’s history. She never speaks about it, not…

How I Became A Chocolate Loving Buddhist



I tried really hard to read the Bible. I was looking for something to help me work through all the challenges I was facing: navigating a relationship with a suicidal partner, slacking in my undergrad classes, graduating a year early. After going to several different…

The Race Dialogues: Introduction



Although I grew up in a multiracial household, race was something very rarely, if ever, discussed. When I experienced my first taste of racism from students at school mocking me in made up Chinese, I wasn’t sure what to make of it, and didn…

Living in Limbo: Caught Between NY and Spain



I feel like I’m living in limbo. One foot firmly planted in New York (surprised? I am), and the other hovering midair as I wait to head back to Madrid to start yet another chapter of my life. Between all the goodbyes here…

My Dialogue with an NRA Member



He stood up in a room full of educators to defend guns. He stated that people without experience with these weapons cannot draw conclusions about them, and he also said that guns represent freedom. The room immediately became tense. I was livid, and I&#8217…

Don’t Risk Your Friendship: How To Travel With A Friend



Before heading away for my undergraduate career my best friend and I had decided that we would live together. A lot of people warned us against it, saying living with your best friend would probably ensure that we wouldn’t be friends after. Long story…

Why My Choice to Live Abroad is Not Selfish



Recently, a moving post was written about the hardest challenge that travelers face when they come back home from living abroad. While many people agreed with the article, there were a shocking amount of commenters accusing the author of being selfish. The ability to travel…

The Story of a Peruvian Shepherd



As the taxi climbed its way out of the city center of Cusco, the mountains rose up before us and the skies opened up. We were on our way to a cultural tour, visiting a shepherd family on the outskirts of the city. Other than…