How a Fortune Cookie Changed My Life

“God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces.” That’s from a fortune cookie I ate shortly before deciding to go to Costa Rica or not. Times were different then. I was recklessly impulsive and in a constant state of internal conflict. I didn’t trust myself, and I didn’t know…

6 Ways to Immerse Yourself in a Foreign Culture

Finding your place in a new country can be lonely and discouraging at times. You no longer have your favorite coffee shop awaiting you on a hard day. Your best friend isn’t there to eat a gallon of ice cream with you, and you might not yet be able to fully express your roller coaster of…

Pros and Cons of Cross-cultural Dating

My mother gave me one rule when I left for Costa Rica, don’t fall in love!  I really did try not to. I knew that cross-cultural dating meant more than just the cliche of American girl goes abroad and falls in love with the exotic guy wooing me with all the adventure of the unknown…

Beginner’s Guide to Decluttering the Mind

We’ve all heard of minimalistic living, decluttering, and living simply. On the other hand, we’ve all seen at least one episode of Hoarders and you know at least one person who has a storage closet, room or even a unit rented out for their extra stuff, you may even be the guilty one. There are books…

5 Things No One Told Me About Living Abroad

There are few events in this life that are so big and new we do whatever we can to prepare ourselves. We buy self-help books, get counseling, and try our best to equip ourselves mentally and practically for such endeavors as parenting, marriage or living abroad. In other cases, we are thrown into this unknown…

15 Must Know Travel Hacks and Tips

The first time I went to renew my visa, I got my exit stamp from Costa Rica and to my surprise, was denied entry into Nicaragua. I was officially in no man’s land with a no longer valid passport and no visa. Once I finally had my new passport, more than two weeks later, now…