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New Year, New Website!

Happy 2015! I’ve been MIA for the past couple of months, slowly getting my new website up and running. I’ve moved all of my blog posts over to the new site, and from now on you can find my latest posts here, or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. Looking forward to your comments and feedback in this new year!

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A Quick Return for…The Liebster Award!

I’ve been busy with my new website design, along with seeing patients, organizing a new support group for women in multicultural relationships, getting ready for the holiday season, and oh yeah…did I mention I’m also doing my PhD? What am I doing trying to blog too? I just have too many things I love to do! But I’m taking a quick break from all of this in order to attend to a pressing (and exciting!) matter…last week I received a message from fellow blogger Lisa at Tea and Giggles notifying me that she’d nominated me for the Liebster award!  Continue reading


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Facing my Fears: The Long Overdue End to my 30/30 Bday Challenge

In honor of turning 30 back on September 1st, I decided to spend 30 days doing one new thing a day. While the challenge ended almost two months ago, I am only now getting around to blogging about the last two days. Turns out being 30 is keeping me quite busy! But since it came to a close with a fairly “blogworthy” Day 30 challenge, I had to share it here. Read on to find out what the last day of my challenge had in store.  Continue reading


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#TBT: Bienvenidos to the Cold and Flu Season (2009)

Every Thursday I publish a post from another blog I used to have in honor of Throwback Thursday (#TBT). This week’s post is from exactly five years ago (October 2009) when I’d been living in Madrid and working as an English teaching assistant for a little over a month. It seems appropriately timed since Madrid’s weather is just as strange right now. Although Madrid’s weather patterns seem to have remained the same, my life has changed a lot over these past five years though and I’m hoping my immune system is quite a lot stronger too!  Continue reading


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Check Out My Expat Spotlight Top 3 Tips for Spain on InsidersAbroad.com

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be a contributing blogger on Insider’s Abroad’s Spain website. My first contribution is the the Expat Spotlight Top 3 Tips Section. Check out what I have to say in regards to where to dine in Madrid, must see places in Spain and an unexpected item that all travelers need to include in their luggage when packing for Spain. While visiting the site you can also check out what other expats have to say about Spain or visit their France and Italy pages.

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The Intentional Expat Interview Series: An English Teacher in Western Mongolia

The past few weeks of interviews have been a huge success! The first week we heard from J Russell Mikkelsen, an avid traveler and blogger and last week got a glimpse at life abroad for a Spaniard living in the USA. Today’s interview comes from fellow blogger Tina, who got in touch with me a few weeks ago to be part of the interview series. I took one look at her blog, Kulturschock! and sent the questions her way. While we haven’t met personally, Tina has the Intentional Expat spirit written all over here. An American who got an MA in Germany and is now teaching English in none other than Western Mongolia, this is a woman who is taking life by the horns and living her best life abroad. Like she says in her “About Me” section of her blog:  Continue reading


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Walking the Walk: Why Was It So Life Changing?

For the past six weeks, each Thursday (in honor of #TBT, “Throw Back Thursday),  I’ve been sharing blog posts that I wrote back in 2013 regarding everything I learned on my week long trip along Spain’s El Camino de Santiago during Spring Break (Semana Santa) 2013.

 In Part 1 of the series, I hinted on the fact that it had been a life changing experience. Today I’d like to explain just why that was. I wrote those posts when I was going through a particularly difficult time in life and in order to get through it I did what I’ve always done during moments of emotional turmoil: I turned to writing to help me to make sense of things. By reflecting on my experience on “El Camino” through my writing, I was able to recall some of the important lessons I learned along that weeklong journey and this ultimately helped me to continue on through the darkness until I arrived at the end of that particular emotional journey:     Continue reading