Twenty Years From Now, Will I Be Disappointed?

When I was in college, living in Paris, one of my favorite quotes was from Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in […]

Inviting Girls to a Global Sisterhood {PLUS: Book Giveaway}

{Leave a thoughtful comment on this post to be entered to win the book, A Voice Becoming: A Yearlong Mother-Daughter Journey into Passionate, Purposed Living} By Beth Bruno | Twitter: @bethhbruno We must have looked as pathetic as we sounded when the Dutch woman stopped her bike to help us. Though we successfully made it out of […]

A Lesson in Language and Empathy

By Annie Rim | Twitter: @Annie_Rim “How long have you lived here? Why don’t you speak French yet?” Shame filled my chest and I quickly swallowed the cheap-but-smooth wine we relied on during those student days in Paris. When I decided to attend college in France as an art history major, I assumed I would […]

When Gratitude Doesn’t Mean a Finished Story

Everything in me knows what I’m supposed to say: “It was great! We had a wonderful time!” But the words stick in my throat, because the truth is much more complicated than the socially acceptable one-liner. Here’s the truth: I’m glad we got to go. It was important to have gone. But there is a […]

The Transforming Power of Kindness

“Here’s what I’ve decided: the very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof. What I want is so simple I almost can’t […]