Love, Life & Community

5 Ways To Welcome People Into Your Home Like An Italian

I want my home to be a place where people can feel comfortable. I want people to feel free to just drop in because they happened to be in the area. I want my home to be welcoming to everyone, including my own family. Yet I find it difficult to make that a reality. In…… Continue reading 5 Ways To Welcome People Into Your Home Like An Italian

Love, Life & Community

I Let Go of Paranoia and Traveled To Local Areas

As I told my fellow American friends, relatives, and coworkers I was preparing to travel to Mexico, everyone had advice to give. “Don’t drink the water.” “Don’t eat the shrimp.” “Don’t eat at the local restaurants.” “Don’t go into the downtown areas.” “Don’t drink beverages with ice.” “Don’t get bit by bugs.” “Don’t go out…… Continue reading I Let Go of Paranoia and Traveled To Local Areas

Mental Health & Recovery

The Day I Chose To Live Instead Of Simply Survive

I leaned against the bathroom door in my office, crying and shaking. My brain was fuzzy, unable to fully process what I was feeling. All I knew was that I was overwhelmed, frustrated, hated every minute I spent at work, and didn’t want to live anymore. I had felt this way for weeks, months really.…… Continue reading The Day I Chose To Live Instead Of Simply Survive

Love, Life & Community

What Roman Art Taught Me About Value

While touring Italy I found myself challenged and moved by many of the beautiful art pieces we saw, as great art should move its viewer. I’m not an art scholar, but I would like to reflect on how some of these masterpieces moved me. I was really challenged to reconsider how I think about things…… Continue reading What Roman Art Taught Me About Value

Mental Health & Recovery

Natural Depression Options

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a pharmaceutical anti-depressant, I think it is good to know about alternative options that might be helpful for some people dealing with mild depression. I believe in making informed decisions and since I looked into this quite a bit a few years afo, I want to share…… Continue reading Natural Depression Options