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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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ALL ROADS LEAD TO DENVER: A PLOT TWIST

August 27, 2018

When I was 19, I took my first trip west. As I flew over the Rocky Mountains, I peered out the window in complete awe with tears in my eyes at the sheer beauty of the snow-capped peaks below. I had never seen anything so majestic, and instantly my view of the world and it’s infinite and varied landscapes expanded. Last year, almost two decades later, I flew to Denver for the first time, saw those looming peaks from below, was…

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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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