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Bad Medicine: Salmonella and Sjögrens in Bali

September 4, 2019

My eyes are always the first thing people notice, and never take for granted how rad they are in look and function. They are everything to me - especially in my career. They allow me to see the awe-inspiring beauty of this world, travel independently, take photos, design websites, cook and style food, read, write, learn, create, and connect with humans on a deep level. And I'm not going to lie, they sure do open a whole lot of literal…

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Reclaiming My Childhood Dreams: A Path to Thailand

July 28, 2019

I was born and raised to have a deep feeling of wanderlust. My dad’s favorite parlor trick was to pull miniature Stephanie into the dinner party (I’m talking before I could spell my own first name) spin the globe, (always) land with his finger on Madagascar, and much to the shock and awe of my parents’ guests- I would enthusiastically name the country every time. I grew up with basement shelves lined with dusty Jacque Cousteau, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis,…

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LOVE, GRIEF, AND NCAA BASKETBALL: THE STORY OF MY HEART

April 19, 2018

I began writing this blog for many reasons, but the underlying mission was to share some of the raw and real truth behind the shiny hyper-curated world of social media that we all are bombarded with every day. We look at our Facebook and Instagram feeds and see a version of people’s lives that seem, for the most part, something without a care in the world, without missteps, without struggle, without pain. A highlight reel. I’m guilty of producing that…

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A CHANGE OF PLANS IN NORTH CAROLINA, USA

March 6, 2018

I have been struggling. You know, the kind of struggle where after so many years of veering off-course and fighting to get a to a point of self-understanding and getting knocked down over and over again by the crafty little universe, you finally have plan that feels right and true and 100% in alignment with who you are in your soul but everything goes horribly wrong and you wind up feeling lost, confused, and alone once again and re-evaluating everything you…

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CITY GUIDES FAILS STORIES

TULUM, MEXICO (CITY GUIDE + A STORY OF A SNAKE, MURDER/SUICIDE, AND A WITCH)

December 22, 2017

When I set out earlier in the year on my adventure to find a new home, I chatted with nearly every single friend and stranger with whom I crossed paths to tap into the collective brain-trust of travelers to answer the question: where the hell should I go? We would sift through and list my many criteria for a locale for my fresh start and 9 times out of 10, the person would answer with complete clarity: Go to Tulum.…

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COOKING STORIES

FATE, COOKING, AND LOVE IN BALI

September 25, 2017

The more I grow, the more I believe in some certain undeniable truths in my life. One of which is that whatever is supposed to happen in my life will always happen. The people I am supposed to meet, I meet. The experiences I am supposed to have, I have. All at exactly the time I am supposed to encounter them. Fate. When I trust this simple truth, when I allow myself to let go and follow the signs that…

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ORIGIN STORY OF THE BOHO BEET

September 1, 2017

  This past year has been a knock-you-on-your-ass kind of roller coaster.   I’ve loved hard and lost even harder in countless ways in my life, but throughout it all I always considered myself a phoenix rising, time and time again dragging myself up from the inferno, dusting off the ashes, and rising from the dirt to reinvent anew. But you know, that shit gets real old after a while and even the most resilient mofos sometimes hit their damn…

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