follow your passion


14 Packing Essentials for Peace Corps Philippines

  14 Packing Essentials for Peace Corps Philippines When I first prepared for my journey as a newly selected Peace Corps Philippines volunteer, I had no idea of what to expect. Even being part Filipino, I hadn’t grown up with much of the culture and I had never been to the Philippines. The packing list was baffling to me. Two unfitted sheets? Why would I need two unfitted sheets? What was acceptable for a pasalubong souvenir gift to my host…

5 Reasons Why Traveling Will help you Find Yourself

5 Reasons Why Traveling Will Help You Find Yourself

5 Reasons Why Traveling Will Help You Find Yourself There’s nothing more romantic than traveling abroad in search of yourself! Why else would books-turned-movies like Eat Pray Love and Wild be so popular? Travel and self-discovery equals the perfect combination. While it doesn’t necessarily take an adventure in a far-off country to help you find who you are and where you belong in this world, it can help the process! So indulge with me for a moment in a bit…

movies about travel and self discovery

4 Movies about Travel and Self-Discovery

4 Movies about Travel and Self-Discovery I love a good movie that follows a character’s search for self-identity or discovery. Stories that explore themes centered around “finding oneself” are empowering and inspiring because it shows us that we are never quite finished with learning something new about ourselves. There is always something more to discover! For some inspiration on ways that finding your authentic self can change your life, be sure to watch these four movies about travel and self-discovery:   Eat…

peace corp volunteer plane ticket

What’s Your Crazy? – Confessions of a Peace Corps Volunteer

What’s Your Crazy? - Confessions of a Peace Corps Volunteer Today is the 5th anniversary of the day I left America. I had decided to join Peace Corps after experiencing one of those life moments where you feel like you could do anything. The world was calling and nothing would hold me back from following my heart. Sitting in the L.A. airport after a whirlwind Peace Corps volunteer orientation, I tried to joke around with some of the other volunteers,…

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.”

Southern California Writers’ Conference 2016

  Southern California Writers’ Conference San Diego, CA Great news! I have officially registered for the Southern California Writers’ Conference (SCWC)! It will take place February 12-14, 2016 in San Diego, CA. I’m excited I don’t have to travel far; the conference venue is literally a mile from my house! If you're a writer and interested in attending, you can check out the Southern California Writers Conference website site here. [pullquote]“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the…

tiny teasers book excerpts

Tiny Teasers – Mountains Upon Mountains

  Tiny Teasers - Mountains Upon Mountains It’s about time for another book teaser! I’ve been writing and editing like crazy during the Holiday “down time” and I wanted to share a little taste of what I’ve been working on. For those of you not yet familiar with my story, I was a Peace Corps volunteer who was placed in the Philippines from 2011-2014. I lived there for three years working on youth and family community outreach programs. Such an…

live the life you imagine

Living Out Your Passion – Let’s Do this 2016!

It’s official. My New Years writing resolutions have been set. This is the year I’ll be finishing my book and submitting it to an agent. I have a good solid draft done and have been working on the editing process. [pullquote]"If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it." ~ John Irving[/pullquote] Writing this book has been an exhilarating process for me that has allowed me to…

Keep me updated on Filipino American Stories, lifestyle, and travel!

* indicates required