New Orleans Through My Eyes

What is the first thing you think of when you hear "New Orleans"? Go ahead, think of one thing before reading on. Got something? Okay, now I'm going to try and guess...Was it The French Quarter? Mardi Gras? Or how about Bourbon Street? Since moving here, I have realized that many people have a fixed... Continue Reading →

The Big “C” Word

Hello. Welcome back to my blog. I have been wanting to write this post for the past week or so, but have been too scared to sit and type. Why? Because it is going to, and already has, stirred emotions inside me that I've been subconsciously hiding/pushing aside. Please bear with me as I'm not... Continue Reading →

Emotionally Educational

Slavery. It's something that I have always been interested in learning more about ever since I was in school. In fact, Harriet Tubman was my hero for a middle school project. I know, I know. She wasn't the only slave, but I feel like our topics discussing slavery were not nearly as in depth as... Continue Reading →

Goin’ Down the Bayou

What a wonderful fall retreat we had this past weekend! We started our adventure by traveling to an Airbnb in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. The house was in a secluded area, which was exactly what all of us were wanting. Our time in Breaux Bridge consisted of going antique shopping, relaxing on a deck by the... Continue Reading →

The Presence of God

How do you spend time with God? Growing up I always thought building my relationship with God meant going to church, reading the bible, and praying. Yes, all three of these things are important, but they are not the only way someone can spend time with God. I recently listened to a podcast,┬áSpending QT with... Continue Reading →

Mental Health(y)

This past week (October 7-13) was Mental Health Awareness Week, so it seemed like the perfect time to write a post about this topic. What comes to mind when you hear the words mental health? Is it something positive? Negative? A little bit of both? If I'm being completely honest, I'm not sure what comes... Continue Reading →

Community Day in Pictures

Since intentional community is a core value of the YAV program, we dedicate one Saturday per month to strengthen our community. Yesterday was our first community day. We went on a walking tour, met our host families, and bowled like professionals (well, we tried). Instead of writing a whole blog post, I thought it would... Continue Reading →

Home Sweet Homesickness

If I'm being completely honest, homesickness was not something I thought or worried much about before starting my YAV year. I have been away from home so many times during my life. Heck, I lived abroad for three months without feeling homesick. Why in the world would I feel homesick while living in the same... Continue Reading →

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