It took me a long time to decide if I was going to write about this or not. It's a scary feeling putting something so personal out there. It's even scarier when you know that friends and family read your blog and with a click of a button they'll know something so intimate about you. Despite all that I think that this is something important that I talk about. Not only for myself but for other people who may be feeling the same way or dealing with the same issues that I dealt with. So...

ADJUSTING TO BEING HOME As most of you know last year I spent about 10 months in Nicaragua. Being there, away from the comforts of home, away from my friends and family and everything else I know, taught me a lot about myself. It was quite the life changing experience. I don't think you can help but come back from an experience like that with a new perspective on life. The question I get asked the most is "how does it feel to be back home?" Well for all you who are wondering I'm going to go into detail on how...

LEARNING TO BREAK OUT OF MY SHELL Everyone goes through different phases in their life. It's all part of growing up. Part of the process is learning all about yourself. Where there's an action there's always a reaction. The way you react to different situations can teach you things about yourself that you never knew. As I mentioned in THIS post, being in Nicaragua has taught me loads about myself (and I'm sure as time goes on I'll learn even more). One of the things I've learned the most is how shy I am...

CARRYING UNNECESSARY BAGGAGE We all carry different loads throughout life. Sometimes it can be experiences from our childhood that we keep on our backs like an overweight backpack. Other times it can be baggage handed to us from others. Carrying around these burdens becomes our normal. A normal that should've never been. Sometimes we carry baggage that's warranted. Experiences teach us different life lessons that alter how we behave when certain situations are handed to us. Even though that's the case, it's not uncommon for us to take on extra baggage, baggage that's not our own. While being here in Nicaragua I was...

YOU CAN'T HELP WHERE YOU'RE BORN It's so interesting to me that something so completely out of your control can have such a big influence on your life. You can't help where you're born. It's a fact of life that doesn't require much thought. Being in Nicaragua has made me think about it more than ever before. I'm currently staying in the city of Granada not too far from Central Park. I'm in an area that caters to tourists. Lots and lots of good food, options for different excursions, beautiful scenery, and nice hotels. Around here you're able to walk to one...