When I was a little girl, I carried the world on my shoulders. I wanted it to be the bright and sunny place I drew in pictures. It broke my heart a little more each time I recognized the ugliness.. I watched my mother heal and help people recover from physical injury and pain through… Continue reading Change

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Tsaagan Sar

Saikain Whinlereii! Tsaagan Sar was a wonderful success. The translation for “Tsaagan Sar” is “white moon. It’s typically a week-long, or if you live in more rural parts of the country like me, two-week long, celebration of the lunar new year. Mongolians celebrate by visiting the homes of everyone they know and eating and drinking… Continue reading Tsaagan Sar

January Blues

Last week, I came home from work earlier than usual in tears—a somewhat normal occurrence in my first few months at site. I’ve gotten pretty good at avoiding triggers, but I felt pushed into a situation I couldn’t avoid. I was attempting to share the information with the rest of teachers that we learned at… Continue reading January Blues

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I woke up on new year’s day to a text from my neighbor asking me if I wanted to head out to the countryside with her and friends. As an annual tradition, they have a picnic out by the mountains, and I am still so humbled by her invitations to include me in her gatherings.… Continue reading Home

Successes and Failures

Work Life and My Sanity I finally scheduled a timeslot for a life skills course at my host country agency with one of my favorite teachers and counterparts. I couldn’t be more excited to actually do something at the school I’ve been spending so much time at. A few of my previous counterparts took a… Continue reading Successes and Failures