The Truth About Living Abroad

“It is the corrosive daily frustration, the inability to communicate or to establish meaningful relationships that is so soul-shrinking.” – Edward T. Hall in Beyond Culture Living abroad. The romantic idea of it-men with accents, learning a second language, lower cost of living, expanding your horizons-is often nothing compared to the messy reality. What’s living abroad…

27 Things

  Yesterday I turned 28. Which means I’m officially in my late twenties and which means I’ll be 30 in two years. Yikes! Here are 27 images of the best things from this past year, in no particular order: 1 and 2. Visiting Real de Catorce, San Luis Potosi on a long weekend. The afternoon we spent…

Life in Mexico as an American, Part 6

(Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 here). It’s hard to believe that next month will be my 3-year anniversary of living in Mexico! I love a lot of things about living here while simultaneous missing a lot of things about the US (Chick-Fil-A is on my mind today). Here are some recent thoughts on…

Carlos

Carlos. I first heard his name over loud music in a crowded bar in Dublin. I could never have imagined that he would be the person I fell in love with, my boyfriend, then fiance, then husband. After we got married, I wondered what Carlos would come to mean. Would he always be just “husband?”…

On the Pursuit of Happiness

Happiness. It’s something all Americans are encouraged to pursue-at any cost. A recent Google search for “you deserve to be happy” delivered a nauseating number of various inspirational quotes: “You deserve to be a lot happier than you are.” “You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life you are excited about. Don’t let…

On Love and Losing my Grandma

My grandmother, Winnie, died on May 29. She was 91. She moved to Round Rock from Louisiana when I was in middle school. She became good friends with my other grandmother, Deda. Together, they came often to my volleyball and basketball games in middle and high school. Whenever they came, I think everyone must have been…

On 5 Years of Post-College Life

I officially feel old. Last month I plucked out my first gray hair (it hasn’t grown back…yet) and Carlos recently pointed out that I have forehead wrinkles (I do, and am thinking thick bangs might need to reappear in my life). And in September I’m turning 28, which means I’ll be in my late twenties,…

What does God expect of me?

What does God expect of me? You would think that would be an easy question for someone like me to answer, someone who’s been reading the Bible since I learned how to read. The answer has gotten clouded, unfortunately, because of my selective reading of the Bible. For example, I would read James 1:24 “Religion…

On Becoming a Catholic Christian

Sunday was my “acceptance” ceremony into the Catholic church. While I recognize it is only another step in my life-long journey to become more like Christ, it is a significant one nonetheless. I joyfully celebrated it in the presence of both my Mexican and American families. The whole mass was incredibly moving, but my favorite…

Life in Mexico as an American, Part 5

Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 here. After nearly two and a half years in Saltillo, I’m still making regular observations about the differences between Mexican culture and my own. I feel like I always need to preface these posts by saying that no culture is better or worse-they’re just very distinct 🙂 Here are…

On Becoming Catholic, Finally

In my previous posts  (1, 2, and 3), I talk about why I became interested in the first place in exploring Catholicism. While it was something that I initially felt compelled to explore, becoming Catholic was not something I wanted. Catholicism was a subject that scared me. It was something that had been regarded with…