Sometimes you need to be reminded.

I wrote these words March 10, 2015 while traveling to India. On my way back, visiting Oman and Dubai, I had a revelation about the life I wanted for myself and my son. I went looking for these words today on my Facebook page because I needed to be reminded of why I started this journey. Why I keep pushing through each day that wasn’t as easy as the last. I needed these words today: I know who I am. Deep down. Even when I’m in my dark places and I can’t feel it, I always know. And I seem…

Making space

Last night, I called the sitter and went to see Janet Jackson in concert. I’m glad I did. At one point I had to sit down and take it all in. Give myself permission to be an adult for the night. I feel like moving here put me back in the place when I was first navigating being a single parent. Figuring out how to find the balance between giving the boy what he needs and also taking time for myself. It was a difficult transition and it’s challenging to be back in that space where I’m struggling to figure…

Things they don’t tell you when you move abroad.

I moved to abroad in August and in preparation, I read a lot of articles and blog posts that I thought would help prepare me for my move. It is a huge transition and I wanted to be well informed. But some of the things I have experienced over these last few months were not included in those posts and I feel like I should share them. If only to properly inform others who are considering the same path. 1. You will not learn that language as quickly as you thought. Possibly never. You will, however, rely on Google translate…

Consistency

This was me in 2010. In Peru. I was entering into my internship after that summer. I remember working while I was over there, securing CPR dates for when I got back and even sending PayPal requests while I was over there. Hustling while learning Spanish. I was doing so much back then. I was content. At some point in my life, I lost my stride. I used to run a business. I used to attend graduate school. I used to work full-time. I used to raise an infant. I used to (attempt to) sustain a relationship. I used to…