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Personal Growth

Learning to Listen

If talking were an Olympic sport, I’d be a gold medalist. I get it from my dad for sure, who can really let it rip if you get him going, and I know I’m the same. Sometimes I’ve been told … Read the rest

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Personal Growth

Talking Sessions #1

I had my first therapy session yesterday. I know most people keep these things private, and I won’t be sharing verbatim, but I thought I’d share a little bit about the experience in case someone else might find it helpful. … Read the rest

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Adventure Personal Growth

All Over the Show

The night before I left New Zealand, I had a full on panic attack. I said good night to my flatmates, brushed my teeth, and went to bed, only to all of a sudden find it difficult to breathe. I … Read the rest

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Adventure Personal Growth

She Can Go Her Own Way

I’m off back to the states in about 4 days, just after the weekend, so this may be my last post from The Land of the Long White Cloud. It’s a long trip back, about 27 hours in total. For … Read the rest

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Adventure Personal Growth

Ode to Wairarapa

Try saying Wairarapa five times fast.

Surveyor of the great glistening coast

Okay it actually sounds just like it’s spelled, but New Zealand is full of places with these Māori names that seem like a mouthful. Here I am, in … Read the rest

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Adventure Grieving Personal Growth

A Wellington Read-cation

I am an avid reader. Ever since I learned how to read, I have gobbled up books like they were going out of style. I love reading in a serious way. It feels like a meal for my mind. It … Read the rest

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Grieving Personal Growth

Losing a Loving Man

This post has been really difficult for me to write. It’s a complicated ball of emotions that is very tightly tangled. I’m not really even sure how to pick it up and examine it, let alone attempt to untangle it, … Read the rest

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Adventure Grieving Personal Growth

The Reckoning

In my room there is a huge skylight that is right above my bed. When I first moved in, it was covered by a piece of black plastic, but the room felt so dingy and sad without the sun that … Read the rest

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Adventure Grieving Personal Growth

Missing Persons

I am sitting on the plane, one flight of many, and I’m not excited. I’m frankly not feeling any kind of anything. I’m not scared, but I’m not thrilled either; I’m all business.

I made the trip from Phoenix, Arizona … Read the rest

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Inspiration Personal Growth

The Gospel of Dolly Parton

On a regular Saturday back in 2014, I was hanging out with some friends, doing some Sacred Harp singing (just casual). One of my friends, Jonathan, played guitar, and so I asked if he wouldn’t mind showing me some basic … Read the rest