Video for Southeast Asia Trip

I dedicate this video to my Cambodian homestay family. I experienced many things I cannot put into words, so I hope this video does that for me. In other news, this product is 1,000x better than my first attempt on iMovie -- I'm so proud of myself for improving! I learned that I need to... Continue Reading →


Faith, Family, & Food

Dear Mom, Happy Birthday!!! I just got home from the 10 day trip you encouraged me to take. I am grateful to have a mother like you, someone who continually pushes me out of my comfort zone. As a child, you would always make me order food on the phone and go inside the restaurant... Continue Reading →

New Year, New Me

Each new year gives us the chance to shed our past and become a new and improved version of ourselves. After my return from Sydney, I was falling fast. I felt overwhelmed with securing a job for when I get home, figuring out what to do with my new free time this semester, and dealing... Continue Reading →

Summah Down Undah

I sit here trying to wrack my brain about what I’m going to put in the Sydney post. On the one hand, my blog is an academic space, somewhere to document my Fulbright experience. Perhaps I could talk about visiting Australia through the lens of "intercultural communication." Perhaps I could talk about how Spencer has... Continue Reading →

Happy Thanksgiving from Macau!

I'm thankful for many things in 2017. I'm thankful that I have become stronger alongside my dragon boat friends. I'm thankful to have become a more impassioned teacher for my students. I'm thankful that I got to celebrate my 24th birthday with those who love me. I'm thankful to live in this crazy, beautiful country that... Continue Reading →


One degree above the equator, and you start to see things....differently. An ordinary city on an ordinary river, but....hey, wait a second! It looks like Tampa! An ordinary cat on an ordinary lap, but....what's that? She purrs like Zeus and Shadow. Parallax: the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when... Continue Reading →

Finding My Niche

After a few months in Macau, I feel like I'm finally starting to settle in. I've attended local events, accomplished menial life tasks, and made friends with strangers! I've also reaffirmed what I love about teaching and giving myself to others through my work. Last week was Mark's birthday and we celebrated in the park... Continue Reading →

The Coconut Gave Me Food Poisoning

That's life! Sometimes you get hit by a car in Nashville, sometimes you get sick and miss your favorite DJs, Zeds Dead, and sometimes you get food poisoning on your dream vacation in Thailand. Many great things happen to me, but it's realistic to remember that many bad things happen, too. That balance in life... Continue Reading →

Home Away From Home

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Today marks the 15th day of the 8th lunar cycle this year. The Chinese celebrate by hanging lanterns in the street, eating mooncakes, and gathering with loved ones. I think it's something similar to America's Thanksgiving where we celebrate the fall harvest by eating with friends and family. Today, our lovely Xinjiang... Continue Reading →

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