Looking Forward and Back
China in Photos / Travel

Looking Forward and Back

I’m gonna pack my bags / And take that journey down the road
Cause over the mountain / I see the bright sun shinning
And I want to live inside the glow.
By: India Arie “Beautiful” Continue reading

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How to Create Cool Photo Effects Without Photoshop
China in Photos / Thoughts

How to Create Cool Photo Effects Without Photoshop

Turns out, you really don’t need editing software to make your photos pop. You don’t need your iPhone and apps like Hipstamatic and Instagram to make kind of crummy shots look artistic and interesting. You just need to know which photo styles you like and how to create them using the settings on your DSLR camera. Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: The Shocking Reality of Culture Shock
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Life Lessons from Overseas: The Shocking Reality of Culture Shock

Culture shock can hit you anywhere, even Paris (or in this case-Georgetown). Here’s the thing about culture shock, it’s a total misnomer. You hear the phrase “culture shock” and it sounds like something that should happen that moment you step off the plane and feel that first hot wet slap of near-suffocating humidity.  Or it … Continue reading

Life Lessons from Overseas: Things I Learned as a ‘Diplomat’s’ Wife–A New Mini-Series!
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Life Lessons from Overseas: Things I Learned as a ‘Diplomat’s’ Wife–A New Mini-Series!

Random Chengdu photo from our last few weeks in town. So I’m going to start a new mini-series here.  I could call it “Things I Wish I Knew About Being a Trailing Foreign Service Spouse Before We Went Overseas” but that’s kind of long and ungainly, so lets just call it “Life Lessons from Overseas.” … Continue reading