Personal Journal


at the Romeo Santos Concert in Punta Cana

At the Romeo Santos Concert in Punta Cana: My Proudest Dominican Moment

Alllllllllll the feels. Standing on the lawn of the vast space that is the Hard Rock Punta Cana Resort’s concert venue, drinking a Presidente, and swaying to DR’s *King of Bachata, Romeo, gave me all the feels. It was not lost on me that I was at the Romeo Santos concert in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. There was a feeling among the audience that would be impossible to create anywhere else in the world. A certain sense of ownership floated about for this...

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Coffee Talks: Redefining Failure Starts with Me

In the last couple of days, the same message has been popping up across my screen. It has come in different words and different medias and from different people but the message is the same. Choose failure. What? Choose to fail? What kind of bull… But wait. Hear me out. What if we gave failure a big hug – welcomed it right in – and used it to help us rise instead of letting it weigh us down? What if we looked at...

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Are You a Goldfish in a Bowl?: Being Connected to a Community

At the end of our recent Lip Sync Battle Party, our friend and DJ, informed me that there would be one more act. Huh? Typically being the one surprising and planning events, my organized mind was not prepared for this. What do you mean another act? That I didn’t know about? With no time to investigate what was happening, they asked us (me and two other Jens) to sit down and they rolled this video made by the Carol Morgan School expat community...

Gracie Klumpp Illustration

Our First Family Portrait as Illustrated by Gracie Klumpp

How do you tell a story about something that has enchanted you so wildly, that life feels altered after it? It’s a tall order, an intimidating tale to tell, but it’s my story of Gracie Klumpp, the illustrator who told our story through an illustrated family portrait.  While scrolling through Instagram one day, two weeks ago, I came across Gracie Klumpp‘s beautiful children’s illustrations. A colorful illustration mentioned a new series Gracie was working on about the little things that make people happy. Something about it caught my attention. Drinking...