Our mission in the Dominican Republic is a multifaceted operation. Our main mission is the support of a guardaria, which is essentially a place that serves as a free daycare to preschool age kids and offers them two square meals a day (that they would not receive at home). I have a million adorable pictures … Continue reading A Mission of Progress
Poverty is not only an abstract concept that is difficult to clearly define and measure, but it is also a dispiriting and physically debilitating condition that developed and prosperous countries are morally obligated to address and mitigate.
Over the past few weeks, I have been spending more and more time in the offices of my professors at my new school. I have been in this school for nine weeks now and in those nine weeks, the only friends that I have made are double my age. I had a few things to … Continue reading My Untraditional Life Path
First and foremost, I am not dead so please do not call my mom and offer your condolences (although, if you want to send some flowers or food and donate money to a worthy cause in my name, feel free to do so!) I am not dead but if I was, you would probably say … Continue reading OBITUARY: Emily Krings
Yes, friends, it is true. I stopped using shampoo three months ago. Please hold your judgements until the end and just bear with me. When I tell people about my shampoo-free lifestyle, I tend to get a lot of the same questions. A question you probably have is why I tell people that I don't … Continue reading Why I No Longer Shampoo My Hair
Being a babysitter or nanny can be very interesting. Where there are kids, there are innocent statements and questions that make for a good laugh for adults. I have been babysitting for about five years now and nannying for about four months. It is time to share some untold stories and some ridiculous conversations that … Continue reading The Untold Tales Of A Nanny
Since the post I published on how I saved $4000 as a nanny over the summer, I have been getting a lot of feedback from friends asking for more specific help. I know that for a lot of people, the hardest part of saving is curbing excessive spending and impulse buying. Opportunity cost, a term … Continue reading How To Live A Frugal Life
"If it's tourist season why can't we shoot 'em?" - Unknown When I travel, I try my best to travel like a local. I like to eat at the cool local dives and go to places suggested by the locals rather than the sponsored suggestions on Yelp and Travelocity. I live in a very touristy … Continue reading A Local’s Travel Guide To South Florida
As the summer comes to an end, so does my 13-Week Summer Saving Plan. If you know me or if you have read my post on deciding to transfer from a school that was completely covered by scholarship to one that not, you know that I had made a really big decision several months ago. … Continue reading How I Saved $4000 in One Summer
If you keep up with my blog or follow me on any form of social media, you know that I went on my third mission trip to Las Matas de Farfan. You saw the pictures of us and the kids and my sister and I riding horses and my mom's new pet chicken, Suzie. You … Continue reading The Truth About Being a Missionary
A couple days ago I went zip lining and it was not enjoyable in the least. We had three separate lines to zip, followed by a free fall. Mixing my insane fear of heights and a hatred for feeling like falling led to a terrifying time for me and a great laugh for the guys … Continue reading Letting Go
Last night, I was up until nearly 5 AM with crazy thoughts running through my head. If you know me, you know that my bedtime is 10:20 PM (realistically, like, 11:30 PM). I am basically a grandma and I have no shame. Last night was truly something else. I kept praying and praying because that … Continue reading Those With Nothing
What do you want to do with your next ten years?
If you know me, you know that I try to live a frugal lifestyle. I don't know about you, but I spend the most money when I spend time with friends. Hanging out with friends can cost a lot of money. Whether it is going to the movies, paying covers at clubs, going to concerts, … Continue reading How to Have an Inexpensive Social Life
In March of 2016, I was sitting in theology class and got a text from my dad that said, “Mark was in an accident. No details on the severity yet.” Let me add some context to this. If we are friends in real life, you have either heard me talk about Mark, whether it be … Continue reading Mark’s Miracle | Recovering from a Traumatic Brain Injury
And the end was near.
Okay, Colorado has stolen my heart.
It is no secret that across many cultures women are subordinate to men and are often expected to take the lowly role of the housewife. According to Dr. Vandana Shiva, it is the knowledge and background work of indigenous women that is responsible for the preservation of biodiversity in a patriarchal world that destroys biodiversity. She … Continue reading Biodiversity | Women’s Indigenous Knowledge
As many of you know, a high school in South Florida was attacked yesterday by a former student, resulting in the brutal murder of 17 innocent people. What you may not know is that I have walked the halls of that school. Although I had only ever been to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for … Continue reading Protecting Innocent Lives | #NeverAgain