21 Tips for the Woman Traveling Alone

Truth be told, I love the challenge of navigating global travel alone. It demands and develops strength, stamina, and common sense. But sometimes it is also lonely, and scary. The following are safety practices I've developed over the last six years of global travel. It may sound like a lot, but after a trip or... Continue Reading →


Confessions of a Wannabe Missionary

Seven years ago, I laid aside my waitressing apron and became a writer for a 103-year-old Christian missions organization. Most of my job happens in an office, creating short stories and news articles for various publications and websites, social media content, and the like. Then comes the part I live for - travel season! For... Continue Reading →

When Betrayal Comes

He was wildly talented, disarmingly charming, and intriguingly shocking. We were sitting side by side during our first date when a little dog wandered up to us. He snatched the dog by its throat and lifted it off the ground, chuckling as it whimpered and pawed the air. I felt sick. "Leave it alone!" He... Continue Reading →

Ebb and Flow

In my last entry, I observed the equally relieving and equally cruel reality that, after the death of one precious to us, life goes on. My world permanently changed on January 4th, 2017 when my grandpa - my ultimate buddy - unexpectedly died while I cooked his dinner in the other room. He was wearing the shoes... Continue Reading →

Traveling Light…and Lighter

Last night after work I stopped into TJ Maxx for what was supposed to be a very short, very focused trip. Suffice it to say, I failed. Two hours later I arrived home with my crown jewel: a tiny, London Fog rolling duffel bag complete with glorious pockets galore! Exactly the kind of thing I've been... Continue Reading →

Ink Blood

Some journeys are public - taken with joy and documented with pride. Other journeys are private - taken somberly and shielded from the world's eyes. They don't yield beautiful, blog-worthy photos. I packed my bags for such a journey not long ago. I collected my basics, pausing to stare at the beautiful monogrammed train case that... Continue Reading →

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