What I love about homemade almond milk is how easy it is to make and the benefits it has compared to store-bought. For the most part, any nuts found in grocery stores in the US are pretty expensive compared to other foods, but if you are a constant almond drinker like I am, it might … Continue reading Make Your Own: Almond Milk & Almond Cheese
The idea of packing up your bags, loading up the car with your best friend and heading Southwest sounds like a dream, until you realize you need to make cooking, bathing, sleeping and all other human necessities happen out of a Kia Sedona. Before leaving on our 3 month adventure, we did a lot of … Continue reading Van-life: Finding Comfort in Discomfort
Well, it turns out many people in Nicaragua eat sea turtles and their eggs even though it is illegal, there isn't much regulation. At first it was really devastating to hear as an environmental education volunteer, and while it's still devastating, I understand that eating sea turtle eggs is a tradition that has been passed … Continue reading Sea Turtles… Friends or Food?
As Peace Corps Volunteers here in Nicaragua, we are each excited to get to our communities, start making connections and planning projects that will hopefully lead to long-term sustainable change. We get to our assigned sites with intentions to meet as many local people as possible like community leaders; the mayor, the school directors and … Continue reading A Day in The Life: Peace Corps Volunteer
The suspense is real on week 10 of Pre-Service Training here in Peace Corps. Reason being that everyone is anxious to find out where they will be situated on the map of Nicaragua for the next 2 years of their service. Peace Corps staff got creative and traced a map of Nicaragua on the floor … Continue reading Peace Corps: Where Am I Living?
Young girls and boys dressed in traditional Nicaraguan clothes of all colors, marching, music, dancing and a whole lot of pride for this charming country. This is the atmosphere on September 14th during Nicaragua's Independence Day and September 15th during the Independence day of all of Central America. Weeks before the holidays you can hear … Continue reading Living in Nicaragua as A Peace Corps Volunteer
It was not too long ago I was day dreaming in one of my last college classes about what Nicaragua was going to feel like, what kind of weather I would experience, what kind of people I would meet. Fast forward a couple of months, I’ve graduated college and have also just landed in Managua, … Continue reading Joining the Peace Corps
This is the day I leave for Peace Corps, nerves and adrenaline are doing their thing. Mom, Dad and I get up 4 hours early to pack any last minute items and I am already dreading the goodbye, the forceful growing up that entails my two years service abroad. My family and my friends are … Continue reading Leaving For The Peace Corps
The time is fast approaching! A month countdown begins today, before I leave the USA to serve in the Peace Corps for two whole years!!(yes, I’ll be nearing age 24 by the time I get back, crazy, I know) Where am I going you wonder? Nicaragua, where i’ll be teaching environmental education to primary school … Continue reading Packing for Peace Corps (While Saving the Earth)
I don't know a single soul that couldn't use meditation for the betterment of their life. The simple act of sitting still and releasing thoughts as they come. I honestly think this is what our pets are doing most of the time. Eckhart Tolle, a renowned spiritual influencer once said, "I have lived with several … Continue reading How I learned to Meditate (Hint: It’s Not Something You Learn)