I’m excited to officially make public that I will be going to India on a 10-month fellowship! I will be a William J. Clinton fellow at the American India Foundation for the next 10 months, working with an NGO in New Delhi. I am very excited about the fellowship, and I feel quite blessed to be able to take part in such a prestigious opportunity while heading back to the number one country in the world that I love: my India. I leave TOMORROW (!!!!) for a week-long orientation with 35 other fellows, and my bags are all packed for another adventure in the world.
Another announcement: I am taking a hiatus from brittanygoesglobal. I love this project dearly and it has been such a pleasure writing on here for over 4 years now. It has been a great outlet to express my feelings on traveling throughout the world and living within different cultures. With that being said, I feel that one of the benefits of being in the Peace Corps has taught me to fully appreciate the present moment, so over the past year I’ve found it increasingly challenging to write about all of my experiences when they happen. It’s gotten to the point where posting has become sort of a chore, something to cross off my list. As much as I love writing about my life and there are times when inspiration strikes (those are always the best posts), I would like to wholly step into this new experience in India- and after thinking about it a lot, I have decided to take a break. I’m not sure how long it will be- it could be a few weeks, or a few months- but you can still keep up with my life and travels on Pink Pangea, where I will be a foreign correspondent and posting once every few weeks about India.
Thanks for reading and for the support in all of my travels throughout the world. See all of you in a bit!
In honor of turning a quarter-century old, I have created a new blog! Yes, it’s an addiction- once you pop, the fun don’t stop. Or once you blog, the fun don’t… someone finish this rhyme for me.
Remember my bucket list, or the list of things to do before I die? Somewhere on that long index of life-long objectives is:
– Take one photo every day for a year to document my life.
In lieu of turning 25, living as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, and plans of many adventures to come after I finish my service, I decided this is the year to do it. I will always want to remember my Peace Corps experience forever- and since I haven’t been doing a great job of documenting it through photos, I thought this could be a great motivator for me to take pictures of my everyday life here that I will look back on with great fondness 50 years from now (or “man, I’m so glad I don’t have to wash my clothes in a bucket anymore.”) It will be the ultimate “I once walked 7 miles to school uphill both ways” yarn I can spin to my grandchildren, and I’ll have photos to prove it.
I actually tried (and spectacularly failed) to do this year-long project leading up to starting the Peace Corps when I was 22- but after 3 months of taking monotonous photos of my life in the United States everyday (I lived at home, jobless, for a few months waiting to start my service), I threw in the towel. This year, in order to keep up the motivation and dedication to the project, I created a photo Tumblr blog where I am posting one picture a day. So far it hasn’t been too boring yet- things in the Peace Corps are always interesting.
So without further ado– check out 365 For Year 25!
Already showcasing my Paraguayan life. I teach dogs how to play piano.
And don’t worry- this little blog won’t be going anywhere!
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This past month I hit 60,000 site views on brittanygoesglobal. Thanks to everyone who reads about my adventures abroad! Here’s to 60,000 more.
To properly celebrate this rite of passage, I’ve become a foreign correspondent for Pink Pangea, a women’s travel community where I blog about my adventures as a woman in Paraguay. My first post, “Tereré: Paraguayan Culture in a Beverage” was recently published, and I thought it would be fun to share on my little corner of the Internet. So head on over to Pink Pangea and check it out!
No matter where I go or what I do, traveling is always such an awesome adventure. Thanks for tuning in and supporting brittanygoesglobal!
I was recently interviewed by Vida de Latinos, a new Singapore-based magazine, on my travels in South America! They contacted me after reading my blog and asked to feature me in their magazine. I feel super grateful and also excited to be highlighted in a travel magazine. Thanks Vida de Latinos for including me in your first edition!
Feel free to check out the article here- Traveling South America With Brittany Boroian.
And for those of you visiting from Vida de Latinos, welcome! If you’re interested in reading more about my travels through South America, check out my travels and pictures to Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. I’ve also been to many other areas of the world, which you can read more about by scrolling down to the ‘Categories’ section on the right-hand side of my blog.
Thanks for visiting and for your support!
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Continuing with last week’s self-reflection theme, recently I created a new page on my little corner of the internet called ‘Inspiration.‘ There are so many things out in the world that inspire me to reach my fullest potential, be a better person, live a mindful life, think creatively, and be an effective leader. I’ve created lists of my favorite people, companies, music, websites, movies, and books that inspire me to be my best self.
Going through all of these lists have helped me realize themes that I find most important in my life: creativity, humility, respect, trust, gratitude, empathy, vulnerability, peace, mindfulness, innovation, eco-consciousness, adventure, exploration, personal growth and self awareness, love, and friendship. Here are a few of my top inspirations below- and feel free to check out the Inspiration page to read more!
People That Inspire Me:
Maggie Doyne– founder of BlinkNow and Kopila Valley School
Jacqueline Novogratz– founder and CEO of Acumen Fund
Steve Jobs– A technological genius and entrepreneur, founder of Apple
Read more here.
Music That Inspires Me:
The Cinematic Orchestra
Read more here.
Websites That Inspire Me:
Stanford Social Innovation Review– An online magazine by Stanford, discussing social innovation and strategy
Love More, Fear Less– Mindful quotes, lessons, and beautiful pictures
Young House Love– My favorite DIY blog
Read more here.
Books That Inspire Me:
A Fine Balance- Rohinton Mistry
Half of A Yellow Sun- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times- Neil Astley
Read more here.
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Being in the Peace Corps forces you to be reflective about your life. So after reading the Bucket Lists of two people I find very inspiring- Amber Rae and Ryan Allis, both young and incredible entrepreneurs- I decided it was time to compile the various ones I’ve made over the years, streamline them, add a few more recent updates, and share it with the world. ‘My Bucket List‘ can now be found on the left-hand side of my blog under ‘Pages.’ I’m sure it will expand and/or change over the years- but I’ve also decided to share my current life goals via blog post! So here goes:
Things to do before I die:
– Get an MBA at a top business school
– See all 7 wonders of the world and step foot on all 7 continents (more info on those goals here)
– Be part of creating innovative businesses that solve solutions to critical global issues
– Be environmentally conscious, do my part as a consumer to reduce our carbon footprint, and share what I’ve learned with others
– Be part of the solution in alleviating global poverty
– Take one photo every day for a year to document my life
– Learn how to ride and maintain a motorcycle
– Get a tattoo
– Run a marathon
– Hike in Yosemite National Park
– Surround myself with passionate, intelligent, and driven people that love learning
– Do community service in every community I live in
– Dread my hair
– Shave my head
– Have a Mohawk
– Get a dog from the pound
– Join the Peace Corps
– Give a TED talk
– Learn to surf
– Go on a road trip around the United States and Canada, and end in Alaska
– Live on the beach
– Meet the man of my dreams and be an incredible partner
– Take a year-long sabbatical and travel around the world
– Adopt at least one child
– Own a home
– Go sky diving
– Go bungee jumping
– Get certified in CPR and first aid
– Donate blood
– Donate my hair to Locks of Love
– Go to Armenia (read about my experience here)
– See the town my great grandmother was born in
(read about my incredible experience here)
– Speak at least two foreign languages fluently
– Become a DIY master at house renovation/decorating pro (a la Young House Love, one of my favorite blogs)
– Write a novel
– Cut my own hair- and have it look good
– Get over my fear of spiders
– Learn some kind of martial art, boxing, or kickboxing
– Plant at least one tree every year
– Have a hammock be my bed
– Own a great, versatile pair of boots that go with anything and last forever
– Grow organic food
– Take a cooking class and learn how to cook simple and delicious food
– Learn how to play jazz piano and saxophone
– Become a master at Bikram Yoga
– Be a good dancer
– Own matching Indian ankle bracelets
– Become fully ambidextrous (I’m left-handed but can still write legibly with my right)
– Continue to travel all over the world, experience new cultures, and meet incredible people
Some of it’s random, some if it’s plain weird, and some of it makes no sense to anyone but myself: but there it is. My Bucket List.
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My blog just hit another milestone- 30,000 hits as of today! Thanks so much for all of your support. It’s been so wonderful sharing my experiences with so many people. I feel blessed and honored to write about my journey on here.
Here’s to the next 30,000!
I want to share something extremely special to me- my favorite song in the entire world: ‘Hard Sun’ by Eddie Vedder.
This is the ultimate travel song. I’ve been listening to this nonstop since 2008, and it never gets old. There’s something tremendous about the way that Eddie Vedder sings this song, and it equally makes me feel incredible. Whenever I listen to it, I always think about all of the people in the world, and how we are all connected. ‘Hard Sun’ takes me to the present moment and makes me look at the big picture; that I am on an amazing journey and traveling all over the world. I always smile. I’m pretty sure I have listened to this song in every country I’ve traveled to.
Last night I decided to YouTube ‘Hard Sun’ and came to the shocking realization that this was actually not originally written by Eddie Vedder. It’s a cover of Indio from 1989. The old version is blowing my mind right now.
Let this song set you free.
Being a Peace Corps Volunteer is definitely a challenging experience, which is the reason why I’m sure we all chose to be Volunteers in the first place. But even the hardest days melt away when we receive care packages in the mail from families and friends. Even little things like candy or a nice note makes me smile and refreshes me for the work ahead. And so I’d like to thank the following people who have sent me care mail from the United States since I arrived in Paraguay!
– My two wonderful parents, who have sent me things like shoes and an extra sweatshirt to healthy snacks, protein bars and headphones, and soon kitchen utensils for when I move into my new house! Most recently my Mom sent me peanut butter brownies, which my Paraguayan friends demolished within seconds and then were begging me for my Mom to send more. Thank you so much to my Dad and especially my Mom, who put everything together to send to me! And of course my 11 year old sister Kate, who helped make the brownies.
– One of the best mentors in my life, Aleta, who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania and was the one who inspired me to join the Peace Corps in the first place. Remembering her days as a Volunteer, Aleta sent me a package stuffed full of good old American candy and a note of encouragement. Thank you so much Aleta!
– My grandparents, who sent me a much-needed sweatshirt in the winter, coloring books for the kids in my community, and are currently sending a box full of their favorite pretzels to share with my Paraguayan friends! Thank you so much Muzzy and GB for your generosity!
– A great friend of mine, Vicki Lau, who is a current Global College student that is on the Comparative Religion and Culture program. Before leaving for Taiwan Vicki sent me TWO boxes full of magazines, candy, therapeutic art- she even hosted a donation drive in New York and sent me toys for the kids in my community! Plus a postcard from Taiwan- I really am blown away with the generosity. Thank you SO much Vicki!
– My friends Alli McKee and Allie Cook, both StartingBloc fellows! Alli McKee sent me a camera for a project to take pictures in Paraguay, and Allie Cook sent me a postcard from the Philippines, where she is doing her Kiva fellowship!
It is really amazing all of the love I’ve received over the past four months since being in Paraguay. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Thank you so much to everyone for making my days better, the gratitude I feel is really beyond words.
And of course, if any of you out there are thinking of sending me a little package of your own, please feel free to check out my wish list and address!