Surviving the Mt. Rinjani Summit in Indonesia

Mt Rinjani Summit Trek Indonesia Lombok

It’s 2:00am and the clatter of groggy people moving around half asleep fills the air. The word coffee is whispered multiple times, and a bright flashlight shines into my cozy tent. It’s time to get up. I’m wearing as many clothes as I have with me, and it’s still freezing. With my headlamp on, I look around. Today, me and about a hundred other tourists will try to summit Mt. Rinjani.

Mt. Rinjani is an active volcano on the island of Lombok in Indonesia. It stands at 12,224 feet....

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Finding My Truth in 10 Days of Silence

finding my truth in 10 days of silence

Originally, I had planned to write a guide of what a silent retreat is like based on the day-to-day activities. You can read about that here, but I don’t think a guide could ever prepare someone for what a silent retreat is really like. Almost everyone I spoke to before leaving wanted me to update them on how it went, and there’s really no way to put it into just a few words. No brief explanation could ever sum up the pain, the joy, the irrational anger, or ultimately what I...

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Finding Calm in Chaos: My Month in Myanmar

My life in New York was a series of scheduled moments. Wake up, walk the dog, go to the gym, shower, eat breakfast, go to work, come home for lunch, walk the dog, back to work, grocery shop, eat dinner, walk the dog, watch tv, sleep, repeat. Weekends weren't much different. Every second was scheduled to make sure I got the most out of my day and that I didn't forget anything. I was constantly checking my clock making sure I wasn't running a minute or even a second late.

Jump ahead to...

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Speaking English in Yangon, Myanmar

One of the reasons I traveled halfway across the world was to understand cultures that were so different than my own. I'd see photos of people living in what we would consider a shack and smiling. They looked genuinely happy. Meanwhile, in my world, people would have everything and still seemed so miserable. So what was it that made people with so little so happy?

The first explanation came from something that often makes me skeptical. Religion. Most of the countries I would be...

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What Was I Thinking? My First Day in Bangkok

The last few days have been such a mix of emotions. I can’t help but sit here and just stare at my keyboard hoping it will tell me how to explain just how I feel. Alas, technology has only come so far. I’m currently sitting in a hostel common area. An atrium of sorts. It’s so hot that I literally have sweat dripping off me. Classy, I know. Luckily I’ve found myself a secluded spot in the shade with a light breeze and the sounds of birds chirping mixed with the dull beeping of car...

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Goodbye 2016, Hello New Year!

Earlier this year, I made a list of 30 things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned 30. Having just turned 28, time is dwindling faster than I care to admit. I tend to try things once and then flake out on them, so this list was meant to focus my attention. It was also meant to push my comfort zone. My list is filled with things I've always wanted to do, things that challenge me (physically and mentally), and things I never find the time for. Basically, any time I said things like, "I...

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I’m Completely Addicted to Yoga

Guys... I drank the Kool Aid. I started taking yoga a little over two months ago. You can read about my first class here. I'm currently taking yoga three times a week, and I've learned a lot since my first class. First of all, there really is a way to "tuck your tail bone." It makes the positions both more comfortable and harder all at once. Second, my shoulder and back pain is probably because of my constant need to shrug. The amount of times a teacher has told me to relax my shoulders is...

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Why do we body shame each other and ourselves?

I know that this is a travel blog, but every once in a while I need to go on a tangent. Last week my 19 year old cousin shared a story on Facebook about a woman at the gym body shaming her. I'd like to start by saying that my cousin is gorgeous. Not in the "she's my family so I have to say that" kind of way. I mean it in the girls are definitely jealous of her kind of way. The fact that a complete stranger went out of their way to tell her that she wasn't perfect infuriated me beyond belief,...

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4 Things I Realized When I Left My Career Behind

Last month, I announced the official close of my business. It was a decision I’d battled with for a long time, and it was a choice I didn’t make lightly. I’d put four years, endless hours of work, a substantial amount of money, and my heart into building a career for myself. Eventually, I ran out of funding and didn’t turn a profit quickly enough. With the realization that my business would not survive came a choice. I could either curl up in a ball and cry myself to sleep night...

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My Favorite Moments in New York City were Free

My favorite experience in New York City wasn't going to an exclusive gala or a sold out concert. It wasn't learning to trapeze or going backstage at New York Fashion Week. It wasn't accidentally walking through the set of Gossip Girl while making Blake Lively laugh. My favorite memory wasn't anything like that. It was so much better.

About a year ago, I signed up to volunteer with an organization called New York Cares. I always feel guilty that I don't spend more time helping...

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