Monthly Archives: September 2012

Liebster Award (tidbits about me)


While it took me a few days to respond to Louiseanges’ nomination for the Liebster Award, I am definitely honored that she thought of me!


The Rules:

1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.

2. Answer the 11 questions the person giving the award has set for you.

3. Create 11 questions for the people you will be giving the award to.

4. Choose 11 people to award and send them a link to your post. Go to their page and tell them.

5. No tag backs.


Because I started this blog recently, I’m sure there are quite a few things none of you know about. Hopefully this will give you a better picture and, if nothing else, entertain you for a moment.

1. Although I am currently vegan, I am obsessed with artisan cheeses!  On one of the few occasions in which I have “blatantly cheated” (i.e. eaten a hunk of cheese, opposed to accidentally having bread made with milk), my friend Hannah and I went to Whole World and picked out a multitude of cheeses to try. It. Was. Delicious. 

2. I had my life plan all figured out until my senior year of college…you know, when you’re supposed to apply for graduate programs or a “real” job. This past summer was when I had my first 9-5 job experience. Just this brief stint in the typical work place made me realize I want no part in the repetitiveness of it all! That was when I decided to stop planning and let the universe enact upon me what it will.

3. I adore my baby sister more than anything in this world. She’s not really young – she’s in her first year at university – but she will always be my little one. Although she’s gaining independence and I have to let solve her own problems, I still have an innate desire to protect her from all harm.

4. My first time skydiving I lost a shoe…and threw up a banana. Suffice it so say, it was quite the experience…and I can’t wait to go again!

5. I love preparing raw foods. I think my like for it is as much psychical as it is physical. I just feel so much more content when I know I am treating my body right.

6. Nature brings me to life! Although I would love to live in huge a city for a year, I find it draining to be around for too long. I feel truly alive when floating down a river, jumping off a rock, or climbing up a mountain.

7. One day, I would love to start a community garden for underprivileged young people. In addition to learning many lessons about the land and people, they could take the produce home!

8. Although I am fully intending to postpone maternity for many, many years, I have a severe case of “baby fever.”

9. I am always singing! Any of my housemates, friends, or family can attest to this. When I was little, I would sing instead of talking and was constantly vocalizing my inner monologue. Yeah, it still happens on occasion…

10. I am weird. I wouldn’t give up the silly voices my roommate and I communicate with, the goofy faces I flash friends at least 10 times a day, or the dancing around my living room to Bollywood music to conform to societal norms! I heartily believe that people never really grow up, but only learn how to behave in public. Besides, how boring would it be to be deemed “normal?” Who wants that!

11. I have an unquenchable, indispensable case of wanderlust. Ergo the blog!


Questions for me from Louiseagnes:

1. Are you breaking the law if you drive past those road signs that say “Do Not Pass”?  I sure hope not!

2. What is the #1 most played song on your iPod? Well, it changes so frequently. Right now, it’s probably “This Head I hold” by Electric Guest.

3. What is one of your favorite quotes?
 “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.” – Eckhart Tolle

4. What do you absolutely hate doing?
 Hurting people.

5. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Talking with someone I care for… or watching YouTube. 😉

6. What are you most proud about?
 Taking the initiative to travel and no  longer finding my self-worth in my advancing academic career

7. What is the hardest thing you have even done?
 Confronting and remedying past issues to advance on the path of self-actualization.

8. When was the last time you were nervous? Two days ago when trying to remedy an unpleasant issue when someone I care for.

9. What story does your family always tell about you? My parents love to bring up how I was constantly singing instead of speaking.

10. What is the best part of waking up? Feeling the softness of my Egyptian cotton sheets and the fluffy warmth of my comforter.

11. Three words to describe you? Vivacious, Loving, Seeking



Questions for my nominees: 

1. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

2. Who do you find inspirational?

3. What is one thing you have accomplished on your bucket list?

4. If your life had a theme song, what would it be?

5. What is your favorite thing about yourself?

6. If you could live anywhere for a year, where would it be?

7. If you had a million dollars, what would be the first thing you would do?

8. What is your life motto?

9. What is the number one trait you value in a friend?

10. When was the last time you did something fearless?

11. Why do you blog?



Cultivating a Mature Mentality


ma·tur·i·ty (m-ty r-t, -t r-, -ch r-) n. pl. ma·tur·i·ties. 1. a. The state or quality of being fully grown or developed. b. The state or quality of being mature.

To me, this definition is rather depthless. Despite describing a complex subject matter, it barely skims the surface of the profundity of the topic. What is emotional or cognitive maturity? Maturity can be crudely described as “the state or quality of being mature.” The question is; what exactly is maturity? Apparently, an individual is fully mature once he or she has reached the full potential of growth and development. Yet, does a person ever truly stop growing and developing? Does one fall into a near catatonic state at some point and resolve, “I have grown and developed. I feel I am finished with both. I shall no longer strive for maturation or growth. In fact, I will refuse to even let the natural synchronicities of life enact growth or development upon me. From this point forward I shall be static and immovable!”? Is this a conscious decision or does this quandary come about naturally? If there is indeed a group of people who possess this mentality, is there then not a contrasting group that holds the position of, “I shall never stop growing and developing. I refuse to let progress evade me! I will not allow myself to go through the rest of my like lacking purposeful advancement and I will stay fully alert and present in the Now.”?

So, factors dictate who is in each group?  Is it possible to purposefully cultivate one of these mentalities? Contrastingly, is one’s approach toward growth and development solely dictated through life experiences (e.g. theory of behaviorism) and is it then unable to be altered be a conscientious decision to strive for fruition? If maturity comes exclusively through life experiences, then it is impossible for one to force maturity upon oneself. In this case, a person must wait for growth and development to transpire naturally. Personally, I think humans have the capability to incite self-growth. Providing maturity can be cultivated within a person, what must a person do to ensure that this action transpires? I suggest that there is not a singular route a person should take, but many potential means to this continual growth…

I believe it is possible for an individual to be figuratively carried on the backs of those surrounding him and never fully internalize  growth or development. While some legitimate progression may ensue – simply by being surrounded by those with a higher level of development – I question how much a person is genuinely influenced if he or she does not internally adopt the higher level of maturation. In these cases, it may appear that full development and growth has occurred, but how is one to determine authentic maturation from a [possibly unintentional] façade of complete development? Is it possible that one could simply mirror the maturation of others?

Can it be that maturity in its entirety is simply a byproduct of internalizing the belief that growth and development should be a constant, interminable part of life that one must constantly work to cultivate? Friends, I hope to glean knowledge from your words and solace from your wisdom. Think deeply about your own growth and development. Is it stagnant and resistant to progress? If so, consider what you can do to ensure that you foster continuous growth and development within your own life. In fact, I request that you take this even a step further and contemplate how you can inspire growth and development in the lives of others so that they may be aided on the boundless path of maturation.




The Power of Setting Intention


While slightly off the topic of travel plans, I have the irrefutable urge to briefly share about the power and impact of internal choice. Friends, there are infinite amounts of love, equanimity, happiness, and connectivity within this world! So many people go through daily life without realizing many of the things they yearn for are truly accessible. In fact, all you have to do is reach out and grab them!

The first step to attaining _________ (positivity, love, success, peace, productivity, etc.) is to make a conscientious effort to send out into the world what you want to receive. This principle has been expressed in many ways, over many years, and in many contexts. In the Christian faith, it’s the Gold Rule. Like many others, I grew up hearing the maxim, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This foundational concept of Christianity can be appreciated despite one’s religious beliefs. In philosophy, it appears as the concept of synchronicity. By this standard of thinking, synchronicity is the uncanny merging of two seemingly unrelated events. Sometimes, situations just seem pan out in an astonishingly perfect way—to me, this is the work of synchronicity. In the New Age way of thought, the related idea of setting intention emerges. The key to the practice of setting intention is genuinely believing that there is an abundance of _________ (fill in your need) in the universe just waiting to be taken advantage of. Consciously setting your intention allows for said intent to be engrained deep within you. In this regard, an intent can be far more impacting than a goal. Goals are set frequently, and often forgotten just as frequently. Unlike goals, intentions aren’t simply a wish or desire that you write down and refer back to at the coming of a new year. Setting a sincere intention also involves staying consciously aware of your intent and being open enough to let the universe work on your behalf.

I heartily recommend incorporating intent setting into your morning ritual. It’s a wonderful way to frame your entire day!

Tell me, friends, what intention are you going to set today?

Vlog 1: I need your travel advice!


I’m planning my trip and I’d love your help!

What do you guys know about…

  • Travel tips (especially on being a solo female)
  • Trip preparation (visas, packing, work permits, travelers insurance, etc.)
  • Money saving ideas
  • Best places to exchange money
  • Cheap places to visit
  • Navigating public transport systems
  • Interacting with locals (Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Czech, Greece, and Croatia)
  • Getting a cell phone that works across various countries
  • Avoiding theft
  • Shipping and receiving mail
  • Random tidbits of information

Hello world!


Well, this is my very first blog…ever. I’m definitely looking forward to having a place to record all the exciting things I encounter!

For many years now, I have wistfully spoken of all the places I hoped to travel. Heck, I even made a “Travel” board on Pinterest dedicated solely to pictures of everywhere I wanted to go! I would longingly flip through friends’ albums of their adventures abroad and wonder if I would ever have a chance to experience life so fully… Now, it’s finally happening!

During the past four years, I lived with the mindset that I needed to get into a top grad school program and immediately begin after graduation [this spring]. I had internalized this idea to such an extent that the prospect of deviating from it in the slightest seemed unthinkable! After speaking with some close friends about the matter, I came to see that I wasn’t as confined to that path as I’d thought. In fact, I wasn’t trapped at all! This realization opened up so many possibilities!

I have now set my intention (I’ll upload my video on setting intention as soon as I’ve figured out the set up on here) travel around Europe, starting this spring. I am thrilled that my dreams are finally coming to fruition and can’t wait to share my experiences with all of you!



With my lovely friend Bekah on the ferris wheel of Vienna.