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China Photo Diary

China Photo Diary

My 2016 was spent almost entirely in China. Despite having been back in the US for two months now, I’m still struggling to explain what my year was like. My hope is that this hand crafted photo series will give you a better explanation than words […]

Moving Home After Living In China

Moving Home After Living In China

On February 15, 2016, my husband and I moved to Nanjing, China. It’s been exactly 38 weeks since that day and I’m writing this in my Beijing apartment, preparing to go back to the US in just a few days. Why I Came To China […]

100 Enouraging Ideas

100 Enouraging Ideas

I’ve uploaded 100 videos to my YouTube channel! To celebrate, I challenged myself by putting together the most encouraging list I’ve ever crafted. Click the photo below to watch the video, or scroll through for Pinterest-worthy pics and 100 encouraging ideas! 1. “Close your eyes and […]

Traveling With Anxiety

Traveling With Anxiety

Dealing with chronic anxiety is tough, but factor in a raging case of wanderlust and it gets even harder. For me, anxiety during travel rears its ugly head often in the form of language barriers, lost taxi drivers, dead phone batteries, when the hotel says “I […]

Where To Get A Tattoo In Nanjing, China

Where To Get A Tattoo In Nanjing, China

I had such a hard time figuring out where to get a tattoo in Nanjing! Google searches weren’t getting me anywhere, and I hadn’t seen any shops around the city. Finally we were given a shop recommendation by one of Eric’s classmates, and made the […]

10 (Unexpected) American Things I Miss While In China

10 (Unexpected) American Things I Miss While In China

Of course I miss my friends, family, and dog above all else, but what THINGS do I miss most? I thought for sure it’d be Mexican food and not having to use VPN to access my favorite websites, but I was wrong! Here’s the top 10 […]

8 Books For The Anxious Traveler

8 Books For The Anxious Traveler

Travel can heighten anxiety, but it can also be a great time to dig deep into some books! My least favorite part of travel is waiting: in the terminal, on the plane, on the shuttle, in a restaurant, etc, etc, but with a good book […]

Photographing A Nanjing Dance Company

Photographing A Nanjing Dance Company

I was recently invited to come take pictures of a local dance company here in Nanjing (thanks, Dare!) as they shot a music video to Walk The Moon’s ‘Shut Up And Dance With Me’. I’m an amateur photographer, and a very casual one at that, plus I […]

5 Emotional Phases of Moving Abroad

5 Emotional Phases of Moving Abroad

Moving abroad is amazing and life-changing, and I hope everyone gets the chance to experience it at some point in their lives! But something this life-changing, like any other extreme transition, inevitably comes with its drawbacks. The emotional phases of moving abroad to China closely mirrored my emotions […]

Wake Up & Travel Playlist

Wake Up & Travel Playlist

I had a travel playlist in me waiting to come out, and it’s finally here! It’s so weird how I get in these urges to put all the songs I have in my head together in one list, and then once I do I feel so relieved. […]