New Beginings, Second Chances and Tomorrows

New Beginings, Second Chances and Tomorrows

Yes there are a million cheesy catch phrases for new years that never fade:

“New Year, New You”

“Here’s to my new year’s resolutions”

“See you next year”

We’ve heard them all… probably one too many times. How many people really stick to those resolutions? Not a ton I’m guessing.

It’s pretty obvious that the world, and our place in it, is not going to change in the minutes between 2016 and 2017. My college debts will not be erased, I will not lose 20 pounds, and the man of my dreams will not show up in front of me. If those things did happen they would either be illegal, unhealthy or both!

But even after facing the not so bright reality of the January 1st, this continues to be my favorite holiday. Because whether we keep our silly resolutions or not, there are thousands of people feeling that same sense of hope for a new year. For at least a split second, people believe in themselves and the world around them to make this next year better than the one we are leaving.

And I think that is absolutely beautiful!

If we are being honest with ourselves, we could decide to change any day. Tomorrow I could wake up and say, I’m going to start going to the gym every day. Ok.. bad example concidering tomorrow is January 1st, but you get my point. We have the power to make those decisions whenever we want, but having a specific day  makes it just a little easier to believe.

So whether you are making your own new years resolution, spending the night partying away, or just curling up watching netflix, I hope you have that second, that little moment between 1159 and 1200, where you believe in new beginings, second chances and tomorrows.

Here we go again

Taking on the World

After a month in Italy, and then an entire year traveling around Europe, you might think I’d be tired of traveling? Well you would be absolutely and completely wrong, because in less than a week I will be off on my next adventure!

Where is my destination? Southeast Asia; Cambodia specifically.

Why here? Why not?

Through my university there is a month-long class that covers the topic of War, Peace, and Reconciliation. From the title, I think it is clear that this is not just a vacation. We will be studying the Cambodian genocide and how the country and its people are recovering. This will include going to the killing fields as well as some museums.

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For the last few weeks I’ve been reading a book called “First They Killed My Father” by Loung Ung. This novel brought me to tears multiple times in very public places. It is a memoir of…

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