Hello. Nice to see you. People call me Sunshine. You can too. I like to tell stories and I'm going on an adventure. Lucky for you, I'm going to share my stories about what I learn on said adventures as I take my Peace, Love & Sunshine vibes around the globe. You can read them here. Enjoy.
Have you ever stopped to wonder why we celebrate Valentine's Day and who was the man behind the name? In this post for the holiday, I reflect on Saint Valentine and his commitment to supporting love in the face of injustice.
Ten years ago, I worked in a gift shop. Not just any gift shop. A movie studio store. It was not what I had envisioned I would be doing with my college degree, but exciting nonetheless. I was living the dream, right? Working and living in la la land. Just a midwestern girl, with a … Continue reading The Story Behind “Peace, Love & Sunshine”
At the end of August, I took a side trip to Greece between my months in Bulgaria and Serbia. I had made the decision to take this trip back in June when some of my fellow Veritas tramily members booked flight deviations for our transition weekend. Greece had been a country near the top of … Continue reading Allowing Myself to Fail
I first found about Remote Year about two years ago. It came up on Facebook as one of those pages that some of my friends liked. Intrigued I visited their website and almost immediately I knew that this was something that I wanted to do except I didn’t have a remote job so I told … Continue reading “Who are we?” Introducing the Veritas Ethnography Project
The young man behind the counter rang up the few items I managed to grab to make myself a quick dinner for my first night in Bulgaria. He said something to me that I didn’t understand. Exhausted and not registering what was going on, I simply gazed back at him with a blank stare. He … Continue reading Sí. Yes. Da. ¡Ay mi madre!
I’m an overachiever. I’ve always been an overachiever. Always took a full course load, honors courses, involved in multiple extracurriculars, leadership roles, volunteering, etc. They require one, I’ll do five. This personality transferred into my adult life and my career. It paid off fairly well as my drive to learn more, do more and accomplish … Continue reading The Balance Between Being and Doing
There’s a song about a fire-breathing dragon that I absolutely love. It’s by The Four Postmen, an amazingly talented band of my friend and former co-worker. The song is about this guy who chases a fire-breathing dragon up a hill because “who cares, so what, big deal.” And then the dragon breathes. I stood by … Continue reading Flames of a Fire-Breathing Dragon
I’ve had this whole idea for a blog post for quite some time that would be titled “The people that you meet.” I was very much drawn to this idea that part of what makes my travel experiences amazing, are the people I have met or with whom I have shared those moments. Especially when … Continue reading Tramily
Just over a week ago, I got in my car to drive across the country to bring my belongings back to Minnesota. It was a moment for which I had been preparing for quite awhile now. Several months ago, I even wrote this mock breakup letter to LA. I wrote about how we were an … Continue reading When Leaving LA Becomes a Reality
Over the past several years, I’ve thought a lot about the idea that every decision I’ve ever made has led me to exactly where I am today. In those moments of gratitude and content, I think on this concept and it makes all the seemingly bad decisions and mistakes less of a negative and more … Continue reading Finding My Path