Welcome, October. It’s been a minute.

About two months ago, I packed my bags, said goodbye to my closest friends, family members and loved ones, and moved by myself across the country. My last month in sunny California was a whirlwind of goodbyes, making it even harder to leave. Everyone has been asking me how it’s been… and let’s get right to it. The awkward adjustment, the season of transition, being in grad school in a …

welcome to the process.

this was taken at an angle with the natural light streaming in from the window, and then filters were added. several of them, with a little brightening and contrast. if only life were like that, able to fix and adjust at the easy push of a button. patience and self-love haven’t been my friends lately. some days are easier. some days I bury myself in work, drowning in words and …

Why every twenty-something should travel to a new city alone

This month, I took a big venture and accepted the opportunity of a lifetime. With just three weeks to plan, I decided to travel solo to NEW YORK CITY for an affordable, future-related offer I could not resist (more details on that, in an upcoming post). I’ll admit, in the busy weeks leading up to the trip, I was entirely stressed and freaked out. I booked my flights from LA at …

The Pope’s Angelus

“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light.” – Pope Francis (Lumen Fidei, June 29, …

When in Rome… Roam

Here’s the thing I’ve discovered after two weeks in Italy: in order to truly discover a place, you must be willing to roam. (& in a city like Rome, literally.) I mean that in every sense of the word: walking, following a map or smartphone GPS, getting on a segway or bike tour, whatever tickles your fancy. But it HAS to be on foot. Sure, you can take all the tour buses …