A Video from Christmas Break 2017

Hi friends! How the heck are you? I am pretty good. I sent my lovely friend Annie back to LA on Monday, and am missing her something bad already. But it’s been nice to relax and catch up on answering the emails in my incredibly chaotic inbox. I feel like Ross in Friends when he yells, “We were on a break!”

Above is a video I made compiling some of my favorite moments from the past three weeks. Enjoy!

A 2017 Photo Review

IMG_1691Hi friends! Sorry for the radio silence. It’s been a full few weeks. I’m on break right now, soaking up the extra sleep and eating my weight in Holiday sweets. Below is a photo review of the many things 2017 brought my way. Enjoy!Jan 2.jpegIn January, I started the year off by participating in the LA Women’s March with two other friends. We joined over 500,000 people that day. It felt good to do something.Feb 2.jpegFebruary was spent with this little munchkin as my Valentine. She is beyond words adorable and I miss her so much!Mar 2.jpegMarch brought a Spring Break trip to Texas with Jessica to visit my parents. It was so fun to explore a new place with my girl by my side!april 2.jpegApril was a big one. I found out I got the Fulbright to Germany (hello employment) and graduated college!may 2.jpegMay was a chill month of work in Malibu. My parents and I went to Disneyland one day to celebrate my graduation– happiest place on Earth, after all.jun 2.jpgJune was no small undertaking, what with my brother’s beautiful wedding and moving myself across the country to Texas. Oh, and my 22 birthday!july 2.jpegJuly saw a girls trip to San Francisco and a few days spent in El Segundo with old friends.aug 2.jpegAugust was family time. I hung out with the cousins in Iowa on the farm 🙂 They are so funny!sept.jpgIn September I found myself back in Germany! My Fulbright started and I hit the ground running at full speed.oct.jpegIn October I took a much needed vacation to Salzburg, Austria with two friends, as well as London to visit a Uni class mate. The scenery was breath taking and the company was even better!nov.jpgI saw my lovely parents in November and boy was it great! I had fun showing them around my stomping grounds.dec.jpgDecember brought Christmas and my stunning friends Mele and Annie. I feel grateful to have friends who will come all this way to see me!

Here’s to a crazy, whirlwind year! I learned to much, sometimes the hard way, but I’m looking forward to 2018. I will turn 23, probably start a new job or school and possibly move. I can’t wait to see what God has in store. Happy New Years, friends!

Switzerland in the Snow

IMG_6610Hello my friends, how are you on this winters day? My friend Mele is visiting me from California, and boy did Europe have some crazy weather in store for her! We trained down to Interlaken, Switzerland for two days to experience the snow in all its Alpine glory. From Interlaken, we took the little train up through the valley to Lauderbrunnen, the most picturesque valley you ever did see. In fact, this place inspired J.R.R. Tolkien for much of Middle Earth. I can see why. It felt like we’d wandered into a new realm. I was waiting for the White Queen to show up on her sleigh with Turkish Delight…oh wait, wrong book reference ;p Below are a few photos if you’d like to see!Processed with VSCO with m5 presetAlmost needed a grave stone myself from being frozen!Processed with VSCO with m5 presetCan you say perfeeeeeeeect?!Processed with VSCO with g3 presetIt was almost hard to take a bad picture. Everywhere you looked– boom, beauty!Processed with VSCO with f2 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with g3 presetA Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night…;pProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with f2 presetLove this girl so much and her adventurous spirit that is down for anything! Have a good one friends.

A Lovely Passage

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“I wonder how many people would have fallen in love if they had only spoken to each other. Strangers sitting next to each other on an airplane at night, watching the world grow smaller beneath them. Or in a tiny bookstore filled with old stories, their pages yellowed and dusty with age. Or sitting next to each other at a concert, both wanting to linger in the same note of a song that they think contains a universe. How many strangers have shared lovely, beautiful moments together? How many people would have found the love of their life if they had decided to say something?”


P.s. Photo I took in Heidelberg last night 🙂

Fresh Snow

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I woke up to fresh snow the other day, and it was mesmerizing. I could not pull my gaze away from the window the entire day. Then I wandered out into this winter wonderland and stumbled here and there in an amazed stupor. The only thing that broke me from my trance was the fact that I could no longer feel any of my  body parts, and decided it was perhaps best to wander back inside and warm my extremities. But, to be honest, it was so beautiful that it almost justifies loosing a leg or two. Almost.

I am from California, folks. We don’t have snow like this in LA. I know it will get old by January or February, but not today. Today it is some kind of magic.

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iPhone Photos from Life Lately

IMG_5928Hello there, how are you? These last few weeks have been a whirlwind in the best ways. My parents just left this morning (*insert tears here*) after a wonderful ten days together. It was so nice to show them around my stomping grounds and give context for my life.

Above is a photo from a great breakfast I spent with some new friends in Königstein last week. Arn’t they lovely? And below are a bunch more photos from life lately. Enjoy!IMG_5902One of my favorite students goofing around after a school assembly on cyber safety. I was definitely scared to go on the internet for like two days afterwards…IMG_5925This waffle house takes the cake (or, um, the waffle) because of the beautiful writing on my plate!IMG_5948The family that freezes together, stays together.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetWe spent three days in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a magical old city from the Middle Ages. I’ve been to so many German towns, but this one really is some kind of enchantment. Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetIMG_6006IMG_6011Selfie with my girl Lara!IMG_6025IMG_6029Dad in his inadequate jacket! IMG_6034Then I took my parents to work for my very own “take your parents to work day.” The students asked them some funny questions, and we laughed at this mural from a graduating class. Can you spot the grammar typo?IMG_6036IMG_6046When you tryina’ show your parents a good time and they fall asleep on you…IMG_6050IMG_6051IMG_6058IMG_6068IMG_6075IMG_6077IMG_6085IMG_6087Processed with VSCO with p5 preset3C06B5F4-1165-4A37-824E-ABD3FB8E3CBCOf course we had to spend Thanksgiving at the Heidelberg castle because, well, duh! My mom and I both studied abroad here and it holds a special place in our hearts. I am so thankful for this city.Processed with VSCO with g3 presetIMG_6128IMG_6129An afternoon walk through Weinheim!IMG_6138He was posing on purpose, don’t worry…so cultured and European ;pProcessed with VSCO with x1 presetIMG_6152IMG_6168Just noticed this busty lady watching over my school. What kind of German diet do I have to go on to get this figure?!! IMG_6174We decorated my apartment. Can you say “Baby’s first Charlie Brown Christmas tree?”Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with g3 presetMuch Glühwein was consumed at the Christmas market.Processed with VSCO with g3 presetI brought my Polaroid to school and the kids were convinced it was magic! I loved sharing my hobby with them and creating tangible memories.IMG_6225Still a few colorful fall leaves left….please don’t snow yet, I’m not emotionally prepared!!IMG_6226Have a nice week, sweet friends!

iPhone Photos from Life Lately

IMG_5811Hey friends! How have you been? I for one have been trying to stay dry– it won’t stop raining here in Weinheim, Germany! My parents arrive this weekend, and I’m praying for some nice weather to be able to show them around properly. Below are a few photos from life lately, if you’d like to see. Enjoy!


My “university buddy” Ian and I got way lost the other night trying to find a certain cafe (my fault completely), so we decided to take a desperate SOS photo…send help, there’s a giant hairy man behind me!IMG_5833My friend Ruth visited me this weekend. She is also a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in a nearby town, and we’ve been able to connect a few times this fall. She is just the sweetest, and her outfit was perfectly color coordinated for my “autumn themed photos.”Processed with VSCO with c1 presetIMG_5848IMG_5850IMG_5854Kaffee und Kuchen to warm up.IMG_5859IMG_5864My colleague invited me to her village choir. Here they are singing “California Dreamin” which I found hilarious and also nostalgia inducing. By the end I wanted to stand up and shout I FREAKIN LOVE CALIFORNIA IT REALLY IS A DREAM OMG!IMG_5877IMG_5880IMG_5891I went for a walk in the forest behind my school during a break, and the beauty almost took my breath away…that, and the fact that it was freakin cold as all get out.IMG_5809My eighth graders and I made “American Food” during one lesson. I’m pretty dang proud of this bean dip, if I do say so myself. I hope I did the country proud ;p

Have a good one, friends!

Awkward & Awesome

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  1. When you’re at dinner with your colleagues and someone tells a joke in German that you don’t understand, and everyone is rolling on the floor laughing– TEARS WERE SHED here people. And you just sit there and chuckle along nervously, pretending to understand and then begin to silently panic…
  2. Forgetting to turn off your livingroom light before you left for an entire weekend.
  3. Not understanding your boss’s instructions in German to eat lunch on your own time before the museum tour, so you don’t eat anything, and then STARVE to the brink of death for the next six hours.
  4. Asking the woman at the supermarket which vegetables are zucchini and which are eggplant because you can’t tell the difference and don’t know the different words in German and your cooking repertoire up till now includes ramen and spaghetti, and she stares at you like you’re an idiot and points them out. Who knew one was purple and one was green? Not this girl.
  5. This photo your friend took of you posing in the woods. Believe it or not, you were trying to act natural:IMG_5747.jpg


  1. Teaching a class about California and the Cali lifestyle– it really is a great state 🙂
  2. Rearranging your furniture to make it feel like a whole new space.
  3. Looking forward to two friends visiting on Saturday.
  4. When your homie from college books a flight to see you in December!
  5. The fact that your parents will be here in one week 😮