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3 Role Models To Inspire My Career

#LoveBlog2017 Here’s my second contribution to this month-long blog challenge. If you already subscribe to the Provocative Joy newsletter, you know what I’m introducing! If you haven’t subscribed to my monthly update, you can find the sign-up box at the end of this post (it even counts as an entry in the giveaway). It’s where I get a little more personal, share blog-news and how I’m living out what I write about. I’m linking up today (as well as this post...

I want to encourage myself and others who are struggling with depression while working abroad. You are not alone.

Depression While Travelling: How Much Have I Missed?

Depression can’t see how amazing my life is I didn’t want to do anything except sit on my couch with the lights dim, the bed covers thrown around, and piles of clothes everywhere. Well, the bed covers and mountains of clothes isn’t that abnormal, but the apathy was. I’ve lost count of how many invitations from friends I’ve denied over the weeks and months. That’s not who I want to be. The problem is it actually IS me. I’m actually depressed....

Links that inform, inspire, excite me to action

What Caught My Attention in March

I’m diving deep into this world of blogging and I come across so many influential geniuses along the way. My search for my own writer’s identity has me on myriads of websites and down dozens of rabbit trails. There are always a few that speak my soul language and make me want to shout, “YES, everyone needs to hear this!” I’ve started to take note so I can go back to their article/video and glean information you might find helpful....

The Collision Between a Cruise Ship & a Battleship

Every other Tuesday we have a massive, bright white ship pull up alongside us. This is the day you don’t want to go to the market. You don’t want to take public transport. You don’t want to be mistaken for a passenger on that ship. The Costa neoRomantica is here. They dock next to us bright and early. Passengers pile out and walk toward rows of buses waiting to take them somewhere exciting. They’ve just come from another port in...

Missing Rochester: How I Find Peace

I confess. I want to go home. I’ve been missing Rochester, NY for months. This isn’t homesickness. Rather, it’s a desire to connect to my community and the place I call home in the deep way I do here. There are plenty of things I’m missing out on at home, but I know I’m missing those things for a good reason. I know the reward will outweigh the cost. In the end, I’ll get exponentially more than I lost. More...

How Selfishness Affects Friendship

I used to think potential friendships were predicted by the quality of those first few meet ups where you exchange names, home-towns and hobbies. If I get along and enjoy being with her, then a potential friendship is in store. Now I know that anyone can be considered a friend. Friends aren’t always the people that do amazing things for us. Friends are the ones we sacrifice for and they notice and are grateful. They see who you are and...