Just now 

It’s been almost a year since I boarded the airplane with 10 other team members and headed to Welkom, South Africa to serve at Restoring Hope Village. This trip encouraged me to love. Tested patience. Acquired community. And inspired growth. LOVE It comes in all shapes and sizes and means something different for everyone. For…

Exhale

I have failed. At keeping up with my blog with a monthly word. February, March and April are now a blur as I sit here and reflect on the last three months. But now it’s done. I swear I just blinked. I know I barely breathed. I moved from one thing to the next each…

Words

Words. Which apparently come to me at 6 a.m. when I haven’t had a wink of sleep all night. Words. So powerful, we often don’t stop to realize it. Words. The ability to build someone up, or tear someone down… to encourage to ensure trust to prove innocence to enthrall knowledge to inform to create understanding…

That’s a wrap

That’s a wrap on the best year thus far. I had so many great experiences and learned a lot about myself. This year,  I decided to go with an A-Z list of a few of my favorite things from 2015 because let’s be real, you’ll be reading as you try to rally before the Iowa game…

The Search Begins.

The time has come, first semester has ended and my second and final semester of college will be here before I know it. Every person I come across asks me the same thing… “What are you going to do after graduation?” To that I usually smile as I try to come up with the answer….

A Girl and her Dad

This one’s for you Dad. My weatherman, superman, and spiritual-leader-man straight out of a Nicholas Sparks movie. Originally, I had created a post about parents in general, but after reading the second chapter of  “Redefining Beautiful” by Jenna Lucado I knew what I needed to do (Sorry mom, I still love you equally as much…

Summer at OMPR

My summer internship ended today and summer ends this Sunday. It sure is bitter-sweet. I spent lots of time with friends and experiencing things I never would have if I didn’t have a “JUST GO” attitude. That “JUST GO” attitude is one that has certainly developed over time. It seems like just yesterday I was…

Wandering wonders

This summer, let me rephrase that…this year I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel. With each trip I gained new perspectives and insights. I reflect on each adventure I take, looking for something to take away from the experience. So far, I have been more than successful. Traveling gives you the opportunity to…

Serengetee Side Note

I know I know, I said Thailand stories were next, but this is too exciting not to share RIGHT NOW. This picture happens to support both Thailand and my new news. (Yes, that is a cicada) I have been accepted to be a campus rep for Serengetee. Seren..what? Sare-en-get-ee. Don’t worry, I couldn’t pronounce it…

Blogiversary

Happy 1 year blogiversary to Wanderfully Made. In this past year, I have seen, heard and experienced the most incredible things. Saw a few of my favorite bands in cool venues, fell in love with “The Land of Smiles”, watched the US take on Australia in the World Cup, and many many more. How I…

Khop khun kah (Thank You)

Hello from Bangkok! This trip has been life changing already and I have only been here a week. There is still more to learn, explore, and see and it wouldn’t have been possible without those people that bought scarves and donated money for my trip. I would also like to thank the people who are…

Sa wad dee kah! (And hello)

Sa wad dee kah! Hello from Thailand! I haven’t had a chance to blog yet since we’ve been here, but I woke up at 6 this morning with elephants on my mind. We arrived in Bangkok Monday night, stayed there and flew to Chiang Mai on Tuesday. I am safe and sound and already having…