Thursday, August 14, 2014

Minnesota, WI

So carry on my dear, what is clear up in the daylight is we're hung here
Fall is coming soon, a new year for the moon and the Hmong here

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

An old find.

My friend wrote this to me when we were leaving India. Weird to think that I am still the same person from 2010.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014


I started a new book, titled: Wanderlust--A Love Affair with Five Continents by Elizabeth Eaves.

| wan·der·lust
noun: wanderlust
a strong desire to travel. |

What is it to be wanderlust and how I have been handling this strong urge to see more. I have lived back in Washington for a year and each day this urge to leave, grows stronger.

Eaves started her book with:

Wanderlust is not a passion for travel exactly; it's something more animal and more fickle--something more like lust. We don't lust after very many things in life. We don't need words like workouts or homemakinglust. But travel? Anatole Broyard put it perfectly in his essay "Being There": "Travel is like adultery: one is always tempted to be unfaithful to one's own country. To have imagination is inevitably to be dissatisfied with where you live … in our wanderlust, we are lovers looking for consummation."

My brain speaks and works in travel. I like to be able to see my passport, maps, my backpacks--all on display. Doesn't mean, I am planning on leaving anytime soon, it just calms this anxious heart.

Home to me, is where my bed is, the people I love are and familiarity. When I got off my plane one year ago, Seattle was not home. I had only spent 6 days here, previously, but it was where my family called home now. I ran out of steam in my traveling, I was craving a home cooked meal and a chance to regain my thoughts. I didn't realize this would continue to be an ongoing battle, 365 days later. There are a few things I missed when I was gone, things I wanted to experience again and was having a hard time finding. Dating, being one of them. It has been so nice to actually be able to do this. I have met some amazing girls, and am excited to see where things go. Second on that list: English speaking friends, no offense to my friends that speak other languages, but it is nice to not translate. Because I have been able to recharge and meet new people, Seattle is becoming home.

I'm not saying I am done traveling, that urge will never end. I have a list of countries to visit, that will never disappear. I have and continue to push this eager hearts energy, into living life here in Washington. I continue to meet amazing people and love the adventures I get to go on with them. The journey is what life is all about. What kind of journey would it be without love and support from family, friends and partners. These are the reasons I stay in Seattle, for now, but I am excited to see what is next. I'm excited to see who might be joining me on these future adventures and how I can share a wanderlust passion with them.

I'll continue to live in color and find the blues, greys, whites and blacks of Seattle gorgeous, no matter the temperature. I will be grateful for the days the skies turn pink, orange and red at dusk. Seattle is beautiful and I love being able to call it "home" -- for now.

With Love,


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I love to blog, it reminds me of all my blessings. 2013/14 in review.

It has been almost a year since I blogged. That is weird, I have many things that have happened since I moved back to the states. Let's do a quick view.

June 2013-I moved to Seattle, Washington (not home) from Shenzhen, China :)

July 2013-I awoke from my slumbers of jet lag, to do some fun things, like hiking, baseball games (go Angels!) and got a job catering.

August 2013- I went on a once in a life time mission trip to Haiti, with my good friend Vicky. It was wonderful to be on the mission field and I met some amazing people. God is good.

September 2013- I got to go HOME!!! ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. I finally got to set foot on the soil I was born on and see people I hadn't seen in a very long time. I got to stay with my lovely Aunt Shirly in Huntington Beach and it was so nice to wake up and walk down to the beach. Many hours spent with my wonderful cousin Lauren and Wade and got to see a lot of family, that I hadn't seen in over a year! God was good and it was nice to attend the many churches my friends have now started to attend!

September 2013- (continued) I made some new friends in Seattle and they make it feel like home!

October 2013- I had the opportunity to go to Kansas to visit the DeGarmo family!! They were an American family that lived in China and taught at the school I was at. I probably wouldn't of survived China, without our countless hours of conversations and the many bottles of wine consumed. They are my favorite and it is a huge honor to get to spoil their kids, just a little bit :)

October/November 2013- I got to visit my wonderful friend from Canada, Kelly!! we have known each other for a long time and it has been so great living so close to her!!

December 2013- I was honored to be able to attend my roommate from China's, wedding!! Debbie got married! and I got to see Hannah and it was SO GOOD. I was also staying with my Uncle David and his family in Minnesota for two weeks, I hadn't seen them in 4 years! Such a refreshing trip and I loved it!

Now, it is January 2014 and I am 4 short days away from turning 25. A quarter of century old. I'm stoked, still young and blessed to live a life that I do. I love every second of it, even if I am sick, sad, transitioning, making new friends, getting older. I started a new job this month at a city pool, going back to what I know and I am making lots of new friends and they are awesome.

I will promise to blog a lot more, I have been slacking for too long. Thank you for the constant support and love that you all pour out to me. I love you all and I hope that we can catch up, with a short text, an email or even a phone call! I hope that the new year has blessed you and that you have many adventures on your way--I know I do.

With love,


Monday, April 29, 2013

Last few weekends in Shenzhen

My time in Shenzhen, China is slowly coming to an end. I am not contracted for next year, but that doesn't mean I am leaving Asia--at least I don't hope so. I will hopefully know more soon.

As the end of the year comes, we are realizing that none of us live in the same area of the states. We are doing the most that we can with the last few weeks! It is exciting and also very sad, but that is ok. I am learning to say see you later and follow through with it.

The most recent adventure was a day trip to Macau. Macau is a former Portuguese colony, Macau was administered by Portugal from the mid-16th century until 1999, when it was the last remaining European colony in China. It really is beautiful and full of color and different architect from the Portuguese. I felt a little bit like a nerd with loving all of it so much!

The year is coming to a close and new journeys are beginning for everyone. Please continue to pray for futures, trips and adjustments in new and old communities.

With love,

Oh and here are some pictures of Macau!