Born for This

Just over twenty years of life led up to that moment. My brother hurt me so I would be strong. My cousin was there, teaching me what unconditional love really means so I could get through it. My teachers pushed me so I would ask questions, and eventually go to college. My parents gave me…

Fuck Yoga Mats

I’ve been caught saying it as I teach class – “let your body be supported fully by your mat” or “lay down and love your mat for being there.” Along with mala beads and fancy yoga leggings, our mats are one of the material objects that most yogis allow an innocent obsession over. It makes sense,…

Three Things That Make a TED Talk Worthwhile

Since February, I’ve watched dozens upon dozens of TED and TEDx videos, searching for ones that are interesting enough to post on social media outlets (as part of my job). What do you need to know in order to deliver a successful TED/TEDx talk? Here are my insights thus far:   TED is not a lecture…

America-Centric

*U.S. citizen writing from Bolivia “I’m from America” While the United States may be in North America, that does not make it America. When you call the U.S. “America,” you’re declining the existence of over a dozen South American countries and about 40 other North American countries/territories. People from those places notice. What gives? Through grades 5-12, every student at my school took…

TEDx Blog

Si estás interesado en una lectura poco fácil, pero interesante, ver el blog de TEDxViaLibertad! El evento TEDx estará en Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia) el 25 de abril, y vamos a publicar cosas interesantes, en el espíritu de TEDx, hasta entonces! http://tedxvialibertad.com/blog If you’re interested in some light reading in Spanish, check out TEDxViaLibertad’s…

Less is More (Except When More is More)

Menos es Más (Excepto Cuando Más es Más) As an American can expect when traveling to almost any other country, when in Bolivia it is apparent that this is a culture of less. I don’t mean that Bolivia has less, I mean that they consume less. Oreo packages are smaller, medicines come by the pill not the bottle, and…

Always Do What You Are Afraid to Do // Haz Siempre lo Que Tienes Miedo Hacer

**Traducido al español debajo** —————————————— “Always do what you are afraid to do.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson For my stay in Bolivia, I was told: don’t drink the water, don’t eat fresh fruit without a peel (water issue again), and don’t eat street food. I’m sorry, but if there are two things I do, they…

Cuando Tú Visitas Cochabamba

**Traducido al español debajo** However much I despise the title, I think I fall under the category of typical white suburban girl from Upstate New York.  During my first week in Cochabamba, Bolivia, I have noticed a few things. So have the locals, apparently. Here are some things to expect if you find yourself in the…

Cochabambinos

During the parade in Cochabamba, there were many street vendors, selling all sorts of nuts, dried fruits, popcorn, ice cream, empanadas, drinks… whatever you could want!

Welcome to Bolivia!

Your life can be an adventure or it can be nothing. Apparently mine is going to be an adventure! Three days ago I arrived in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. Luckily, when I was on the plane I met a nice Boliviano who was ready to teach me Spanish and show me around. We…