Friday, July 24, 2015


Hey y'all, so it's definitely been a little quiet around here, but i've been doing a lot of adjusting lately. I've started a new job on top of moving back home and have been really trying to find a good routine. I promise I haven't left the blogging world forever; I enjoy writing to much to do that. In fact I have some big plans i'm working on and will eventually share!

But for now I want to share something else with you. In addition to my new job I have been working as a brand ambassador (or as theSkimm likes to call it a Skimm'bassador) with theSkimm. If you have never heard of theSkimm before you NEED to check it out! theSkimm is a young but fast growing company that skims all the major news headlines and sends a smart and witty summary right into your inbox every morning.

I've been reading theSkimm since it began. In college I took several political science classes and theSkimm was a great source to help me stay up to date on major issues. In addition to daily news they provide helpful Skimm guides on presidential candidates and major political issues. theSkimm continued to be my go to news source when I moved to Laos. Living overseas made it extra difficult to keep up with the news, but I could always count on theSkimm to tell me what I needed to know. And now being back home I love connecting with other local Atlanta Skimmers.

Not convinced yet that you need to sign up. Here is how the founders Danielle and Carly describe theSkimm on their website.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

June Reads // The Bookish Side of Life

At the beginning of June I made a goal to read 13 books as part of the Bookish Side of Life challenge. So far I am on track by reading one book a week. I've also started Jodi Picoult's Leaving Time. It's taking me forever to get through not because it's bad (it really good so far!) but between jet lag and catching up on The Bachelorette Parenthood, i've been such slow reader these days. Hopefully, i'll be out of this reading rut soon, and cross a lot of books off my list this month.

Check out my June reads

Check out the Bookish Side of Life reading challenge & linkup below.
The Blonder Side of Life

What books are you looking forward to reading this month?
Friday, June 26, 2015

Hey, I'm Home!

I've been home for a week now. I've slept off the jet lag, caught up on both Once Upon a Time and Parenthood, and stuffed my stomach full of cheese! And I already have cabin fever; ready for a new adventure. Sky scanner is my best friend at the moment (a one-way ticket to Puerto Rico is less than $200... that's all i'm saying)

Okay back to right now and being home. People keep asking me how it feels to be home and all I can think to say is it just feels weird. On one hand it feels as if I've been gone forever and on the other it feels like I never left. Very few things have changed since I've been gone. It feels as if I just pressed pause on life, moved to Laos, moved back, and pressed play again. And I haven't experienced much reverse culture shock either. However, I have found that I have a tendency to drive like a Lao person and have to constantly remind myself that in America we DO stop at stop signs. (kidding...sort of) I also purged my closet and threw out lots of clothes because I found it overwhelming to look in there after a year of wearing the same skirts and handful of shirts everyday. But other than that life here feels the same as it did before I left.

Oh one more thing I want to share before I end this rambling post (maybe i'm still a little jet lagged). So back in January I posted this on my cousin's Facebook about what exactly I wanted to happen when I came home...

Now I don't know what kind of relationship you have with your cousin, but me and my cousin are practically besties (and by practically I mean we are) So I was disappointed when she posted this a week before I came home...

But imagine my anger/surprise/joy when I discovered she is a little liar! 

Also I got everything I wanted from that original post... my whole family was there, I got a cupcake, Mexican food, and lots of hugs. (There wasn't any confetti though.. i'll have to talk to them about that)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Teaching in Laos // Behind the Scenes

As you read this I am probably packing up the last of my things and getting ready to catch a flight to Bankgok. From there I will head to Seoul for a couple days where I will do my best to avoid the MERS virus and eat some authentic kimchi. Then I will finally make my way back to the USofA.

I am still coming to terms with the fact that my year teaching in Laos is over. Wasn't it just yesterday that my cousin dropped me off in Greeley for TEFL training? Sheesh.. And you can bet that there have been some hardcore tears shed this week. I'm talking the Kim Kardashian ugly cry here.

And as this year comes to a close and I begin my long journey back to the States, I wanted to share with you what life is truly like here in Laos. Sure I spend a lot of time doing observations, lesson planning, grading homework, and trying to figure out how exactly this indirect communication thing works, but that's not really what being a teacher is about. But instead of me rambling on about all the joys of teaching and living in Laos, I will stop here and you can see for yourself. 

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