Three Fortnights in Oz

My time in Australia is more than halfway over. I’ve made new friends, dove with sharks, stood up on a surf board, and started designing for Travelzoo. I’m checking things off of my to-do list and learning that I’m braver than I thought—and also better at directions. Check out what I’ve been up to. Advertisements

Another Adventure, Another Wetsuit.

I’m about to swim with sharks. Big sharks. The thought both thrilled and terrified me. I spent my Friday morning swimming with 10ft grey nurse sharks, giant manta rays, and beautiful sea turtles at the Manly Sea Life Sanctuary—and I loved every second of it. As I watched a shark swim right over me, my…

Life’s a wave. Catch it.

I gritted my teeth in the cold wind as I changed from my warm sweater into a rather cold wetsuit. I was on an adventure to try new things. Or at least that’s what I kept telling myself. A wet suit wasn’t a new thing for me, I love the water, but the surfboard in…

“You’re off to new places. Today is your day.”

The first few days of my adventure were a bit of a blur. They were filled with goodbye tears, flight stress, jet lag, and next to no sleep. But they were also filled with unexpected sights, new friends, and a newfound confidence. You can’t go on an adventure without being scared or getting lost or…

Anchors Abroad

I’m going to Australia. I’m going to Australia? I’m going to Australia! No matter how many times I say it, the reality still hasn’t sunk in: I’ll be spending summer vacation interning “down under!” I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity, but right now I mostly feel overwhelmed. My to-do list is growing and my days in…

Un-usual.

Blue cheese is white. Blue grass is green. Mountain oysters aren’t even oysters. What’s important about these oddly named things, you ask? I think that they teach us a valuable lesson: in all the sameness it’s easy to get lost. You have to be different, original, unique to stand out. Picture a grocery store isle: full from…

Confidence captured.

We all know that a picture’s worth 1,000 words. A picture captures a moment and preserves a small snapshot of time. It’s a piece of art, an artifact, a memory, and so much more. And yet so many of us shy away when a camera comes out. Here are some simple poses to make you…

A few words on, well, words.

Words are the currency of life. Except our world doesn’t revolve around words, it revolves around money. Ironic, because we can’t take money with us when we go. We can, however, take what we know. The more you read, listen, speak, the more knowledgeable you are. Words are powerful. A single word can contain countless definitions and…

Inspiring the “uncreative”

Canvases scream when you think of painting. Words are your biggest enemy. You’re not creative, not one bit, you say. Well, you’re wrong. Creativity isn’t a trait. It’s an action. Any one can be creative they just have to know how to start. Well, starting is the hardest part, you say? True. But who doesn’t like a…

Life Lessons from Little Ones

I think sometimes we take life too seriously. Me included. We get so caught up in the “go there” and “do that” aspects of life we forget what it’s all about. Somehow, in the middle of growing up and learning about life, we forgot how to really live. If we looked up from our to-do list and…

Valentine viewpoint

After listening to my close friend rant about how she despised Valentine’s Day, I was intrigued. How could anyone hate chocolate and flowers and all the mushy-gushiness of Valentine’s Day? Is it too much love in one day? ..is that a thing? But then it clicked. She didn’t like it because it felt “fake.” Valentine’s Day makes people…

Erasing creative restraints

I’m a perfectionist. A hard-core, get-it-done-right kind of person. But sometimes creative solutions aren’t about perfection. Imperfection is beauty. When you’re creating, whether you’re writing or painting, remember that you can’t mess up art. You don’t like it: erase, hit undo, splash some more paint on the canvas. Well, it’s not art. It’s an essay….