Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New Beginnings

I have now lived in Colombia for 6+ years. When I first arrived, it was an adventure, a step into the unknown. I created a blog and shared stories of this adventure and all that I was learning, but then my stories seemed to be less about adventure and more about life. Sharing my reflections with others seemed to be a bit egotistical. So I stopped.

It has probably been about 3 years since I wrote here. Many exciting and not-so-exciting things have happened during this time, but I kept them to myself or to the journal on my nightstand. Family and friends have asked about my blog and have reminisced about a funny or interesting (to them) thing that I wrote. I realize that I have missed it. Have missed having an outlet. Have missed the unexpected comment to something that I have written, that reminds that no matter where I call home, I'm connected. We're connected.

So today I begin again. Last week I had an operation. It was unexpected and will require about a month of recovery. I am not one to slow down, but I have been forced to and it has left me with a lot of time for reflection, reading, writing and more reflection. Today I came across a copy of the book You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins. This was a gift from a good friend of mine, who seems to know me better than I do at times. I admit that I did not read the book when she gave it to me, but it found me today. I have longed to write — articles, blog entries, books, trainings, curriculum, etc. — and have written from time to time, but it has not been constant. In reading the book today, the advice was this: Decide you are a writer and write. Yep, that’s it.

So I’m starting again. I have no plan. Maybe I will write about life, or work, or relationships, although I suspect it will be a little bit of everything. Perhaps some of my musings will reach somebody, perhaps not. But today I decide that I am a writer, and thus I will write. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Published...en español!

So, I've never really considered myself a writer, and probably never will.  I realize that saying that while writing this blog post may seem counterintuitive, but I assure you that these posts are simply to give family and friends updates and to keep a record of my musings for my future self.

Anyhow, through a strange twist of events and education contacts, SEMANA asked my to write an article for their magazine.  This request scared the crap out of me but I knew I had to try or else I'd always wonder if they would have published whatever I came up with.  Certainly glad I gave it a go.
I present my first ever published article and it's in Spanish - a definite ego boost.

Enjoy and let me know what you think - good, bad and ugly.

Without direction

It has been ages since I wrote in this blog, because I just don't know what to write about.  The idea of this blog was, I think, originally to share my travel adventures but as of late I haven't had many travel adventures and more and more have been settling into life in Colombia.  It seems weird to just blog about my everyday life.  It seems less interesting and certainly very un-profound.

Currently, I am in my "spring break", which in Colombia is actually the Holy Week so for this second half of the break everything will be closed up and the city will be very quiet.  This leaves a lot of time for reflecting and, for me, that often includes stressing as well.  Like my blog, I sometimes worry that I am without direction.  I always had a plan - a plan for the day, the week, the month, the year, the next five years.  Slowly these plans have become less defined.  I definitely still have a daily plan and a weekly plan for work - but not much else.  Is this a problem?  I don't know.

Was wondering today, if some of the feelings I was struggling with were related to culture shock.  Can one really feel culture shock after 3 years in a country?  Turns out yes, but the author of this post calls it culture stripping.  For folks who have not lived out of their home country for an extended period of time, this will sound horrible.  For those who have, maybe it will speak to you.

Sunday, December 1, 2013


Two weekends of successful Thanksgiving dinners in my apartment.  Round 1 was a dinner with Mauricio and his family.  I'd never had them to my apartment for dinner and decided that after a year of enjoying Sunday dinners at their house, it was my turn to share a meal with them and I decided to share my favorite meal filled with flavors new to them.  Round 2 was a dinner with friends here in Bogotá.  Both were a hit and a great reminder of how many wonderful people I have in my life!  Thanks to everyone in my life who is a constant support (even when Katie Monster rears her ugly head) and who fills my life with love and laughter.


Round 1 
Round 2