unexpected lessons in American Samoa

As of today, I’ve taught almost 29 weeks of school in American Samoa. With only seven weeks left on my plate, I can confidently say […] Read More

how to wisely volunteer abroad

A white, privileged young person decides to take their privileged position and transplant it into a developing community. Maybe a far-fetched notion, but it’s becoming […] Read More

REAL tips for a mentally ill teacher

Health education has greatly improved since my time in school. Rather than just focusing on the human anatomy and nutrition, we’re beginning to expose students […] Read More

a mid-service recap: WorldTeach American Samoa

While I cannot begin to encompass my service into a neat package, I want to share some highlights for my mid-service in American Samoa as a WorldTeacher. And no, it’s definitely not all picturesque ocean views and beach days.

I’m NOT an amazing teacher, and that’s okay: giving yourself credit

Even when you aren’t consciously thinking of that dreaded “comparison trap,” it still seems to creep up into any moment you should be giving yourself credit. I’ve […] Read More

your self-worth in numbers: why YOU matter.

The ingrained fixation on numbers is a hard pill to swallow. On a daily basis, I’m not as number-hungry (pun intended) as I used to […] Read More

start September strong with these tips

Believe what you may, but the beginning of a new month feels like a fresh start. Even in the middle of a mundane routine, the […] Read More

more than diffusing: incorporating essential oils every day

The second my essential oil diffuser and oils come in from the States, you know I’ll have it up and running in no time. Incorporating […] Read More

life unplugged: tips for blogging without wifi

Blogging without wifi has…been quite interesting. I say this as I currently write and brainstorm blog post ideas in a Word document. Writing and creating […] Read More

traveling abroad with mental illness IS possible

Traveling abroad is an amazing opportunity. If it’s laid before you, grab it. Just do it. You won’t regret it. However, nobody necessarily talks about […] Read More