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Sketching Peru: In praise of the eternal moment.

Sketching Peru: In praise of the eternal moment.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016

Although I loved witnessing the world wonder of Machu Picchu, the greatest wonder I felt in Peru occurred on a much smaller scale—the scale of single slices of pineapple and of simple gifts, given simply.

Found in translation: A love letter to language learning.

Found in translation: A love letter to language learning.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016

More and more, I’m realizing these little moments are one way of marking our progress in a foreign language—they are the tiny minnows that would have otherwise swum right through the net of our mind.

Seven hours in El Salvador: Notes on life’s unexpected gifts.

Seven hours in El Salvador: Notes on life’s unexpected gifts.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

It’s all too easy to doubt our decisions—but every now and then, I’m grateful for the moments when we suddenly know, without any doubt at all, that our steps have led us in the right direction.

Sketching Norway: Gratitude at the top of the world.

Sketching Norway: Gratitude at the top of the world.

Posted on Jul 14, 2016

As I sat and sketched in Tromsø, I loved looking up at the cathedral’s turquoise steeple, keeping time by the clocks on its churchtower, and thinking once again of my favorite equation for enoughness.

Sketching Norway: Surprise voyage on the Skydancer.

Sketching Norway: Surprise voyage on the Skydancer.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016

While getting to see Lofoten’s rugged peaks from the water was a welcome change in perspective, the greatest gift of our journey to Tromsø was the number of surprising connections it held.

Mother Tongue: Notes on memoirs, maps, and magical thinking.

Mother Tongue: Notes on memoirs, maps, and magical thinking.

Posted on May 21, 2016

Creating the cover illustration for Christine Gilbert’s new memoir, Mother Tongue—and by extension, getting to help tell Christine’s story visually—was both a joy and an incredible honor.

A tale of three sketchbooks in Sweden.

A tale of three sketchbooks in Sweden.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016

To land in Stockholm, and have my first port-of-call be a place that some of my best friends had stayed in not two months earlier, was a welcome point of connection to my San Francisco community.

Sketching Sweden: A full-circle return to Stockholm.

Sketching Sweden: A full-circle return to Stockholm.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016

On a brisk Sunday morning in Stockholm, I can remember the feeling of being on the brink of it all. As though hidden behind a cobblestoned bend of its own, our future lay out of sight, but still within reach.

Sketching Lofoten: At home in the far north.

Sketching Lofoten: At home in the far north.

Posted on Mar 28, 2016

My time on Lofoten so far has reminded me of one of my favorite life lessons—that no matter how well we think we know what we need from a journey, sometimes the universe knows even better…

Home sweet San Francisco: On travel, life, and coming home.

Home sweet San Francisco: On travel, life, and coming home.

Posted on Nov 28, 2015

San Francisco is teaching me that home can be a person, but on a greater level, home is all of the people in our life, whose combined presence forms an emotional foundation just as significant as any physical one.