• Travel,  Y'know, Life

    A Bish Loves Books: My Best Reads of 2018

    “Yo Berna, you watch this show, right? You saw this movie? You listen to this podcast? You caught that Netflix special?!”NAAO. NO, OKAY?! The answer’s usually no, and here’s why: A bish. Loves. TO READ. I totaled it up today: I read 62 books in 2018. That’s 54 new books, plus 8 re-reads of books I already love, and also 9 books that I started but got distracted by a squirrel and never finished. That’s a book every 6 days. That’s something I’m hella proud of.  To be fair, while I was traveling for 11 straight months through countries that LAUGHED at my WiFi addiction, my Kindle never failed. And…

  • Travel,  Y'know, Life

    How to Quit the Internet (Temporarily)

    And now, a thing that only a Millennial could say with both narcissistic pride and sadistic pleasure: I just took almost a full month off of the Internet. (AND LIVED.) My only regret is that I didn't do this sooner. If this is something you want to do, please: Steal my plan.

  • Travel,  Y'know, Life

    Is Long-Term Travel Lonely? Let Me Ask My Own Sad, Lonely A** Real Quick

    Traveling the world and working on our passions? Those are two outrageous luxuries that I don’t ever want to take for granted. But it seems we’ve chosen these luxuries at the expense of others. Because you know what else is luxurious? Getting to watch your only living grandparent excitedly kiss every one of her 17 grandchildren on her 89th birthday. I’m not afraid to say that sometimes, missing out on home sucks balls and I'm fit to book a ticket back.

  • Y'know, Life,  Youth Work

    How One Compliment Changed Literally Everything

    I'm sitting here torn between wanting to cry and wanting to moisturize my goosebumps. You ever get that? Let me back up. Out of pure and procrastinate curiosity, I was scrolling through my unpublished Wordpress drafts when this precocious title caught my eye: The Greatest Day of My Journalistic Life. Last edited: June 24, 2010. I settled in to LOL, but what I actually found made my breath catch. I had stepped back in time to an incredibly intimate and pivotal life moment for baby-me. It was the first day I ever felt seen. Allow me to set the scene.

  • Travel

    Goddamnit, I’m Homesick

    I think the travel blogging/digital nomad set wants you to believe that we're fearless adventure Beyonces 100% of the time. But today, I woke up as a small child in a damp, cold hole who just wanted to go home.