Today makes four months here in my new home of Missoula, Montana. Goodness, it is a wondrous area, and I feel truthful in calling it home--a place where my heart really is and wants to be. On the Blue Mountain trail run before it got too cold to wear shorts I am very happy here, … Continue reading Making Missoula Home
I know, I know, everyone's tired of 2020 and time is a crazy thing. It has certainly taken me awhile to get my bearings. The last time I wrote a blog post, it was March. I had been uprooted from a place I grew to know and replanted in my original land. What can I … Continue reading Already August?
Sixteen days ago, I was sitting in my home in central Albania thinking about how to say my goodbyes to the community I've served for two years. Today, I'm typing this from the futon of my brother's small studio apartment in Mckinney, Texas. I was robbed of all proper farewells. This COVID-19 is the culprit. … Continue reading Complete ish.
About a year ago, in January 2019, I experienced true and utter grief for the first time, with the passing of my uncle Lalen, my biggest and best role model. I hadn't experienced the death of someone so close before, and it hit me like a truck. I would've rather been hit by a truck. … Continue reading Seasoned
Generally, I like being with people. Adding food usually makes that time with people better. I've now lived with two host families and am exposed to many traditional Albanian dishes. Thankfully I've grown into an adult who truly appreciates all kinds of cuisine. Over the past two years, I've got to try many a new … Continue reading Breaking Bread with Strangers
I ran a marathon. Well, not just any marathon--THE marathon. Why did I do it? I like challenges. I like pushing myself to be better. I don't like when my body tells me I can't, which it tends to do more with every aging year. I ran my first half last year, a test in … Continue reading Slow and Steady Doesn’t Lose
QUITE a bit has changed since last summer. (Not the heat, the heat is still insufferable.) I went a solid six months being a vegetarian, but then I went to Switzerland. And I ate meat. And I occasionally eat meat. I'm a flexitarian? I don't actively eat or cook meat, but I won't turn it … Continue reading Summer Daze
2019 is moving so fast, I still can't fathom how March came and went. To be frank, 2019 hasn't been the best to me. I unexpectedly lost someone extremely special, I'm moving apartments again, and I even fell down some stairs.... Mos u shqëtesoni, don't you worry, I'm fine. I wasn't, for awhile, but, as … Continue reading Spring Things
Happy holidays from Albania! It's my first holiday season away from home and it's strange, for sure, but I've got so much for which to be thankful that I'm actually enjoying this unfamiliar time. In reflection about this past year, I'd say 2018 brought about the most change, exploration, and growth of my life. I … Continue reading Holiday Happenings
Sweet, sweet Autumn, how I've missed you. My love for you was already great, but with four months of eastern Europe heat and no air conditioner, my love has grown. However, I could use a bit more of you since it's October and still 80 degrees (27 C) in Kavajë... Autumn did bring about some … Continue reading Finally Fall