The Lifestyle We Choose

I remember sitting in a bustling touristy courtyard in the middle of a western state with my computer in front of me trying to use the wifi before everyone pulled out their phones to mindlessly scroll through Facebook. I was a tad stressed to finish an article before the days end, and it was the…

The Wild Places

The wild brush around me seemed to hold stories as it scattered itself across the hillside. Stories of those who sought to claim it under their name, and those who simply wanted to settle for a better chance at life. The Pacific Islands hold their own history that I know little of, which prompts me…

My Mama Taught Me

In every place I have lived across the world, the question comes up of whether I am homesick. I think for a moment, smile, and respond with a genuine understanding. I say, I only wish for my Mama to magically appear when I happen to be in the hospital. Truth is, I rarely feel homesick,…

What They Did Not Know

I have stared many doctors and specialists in the eye about my deteriorating body, but there was something they did not know, and what I did not think to tell. Something that many doctors and well-intended mothers hoped would save their daughters from a greater danger. Yet, it is what the pharmaceutical company sought to…

A New Homeland Across the Sea

I rushed through security and scurried my way through to the terminal. I frantically checked the clock and realized I still had ten minutes to spare before the flight boarded for Wellington. I settled for a moment and looked out the window just as the sun was stretching up across the horizon. The rays reflected…

When My Medication Expired

I rolled the bottle in my hand, thinking about the time I was first prescribed the medication. My body was breaking apart at the time, and it seemed I was handed a new medication every time I went into a doctor’s office. I was constantly stressed out, eating very little, and was watching myself waste…

The Safe Haven of Montana

The rain gently was cascading from the sky in a magnificent sound. The sun somehow was still streaming through the clouds, reflecting a thoughtful brilliance. The season is changing, and with it comes rain. As if the earth is cleansing itself for a new beginning. Spring is here, and with it comes many changes, challenges, and deeper…

A Home to Return To

I am honored and ecstatic to present my story that is featured in the top finalists for Travelex Uk’s The Next Great Travel Writer! via A Home to Return To — bethanyjanewrites

The Courage to Live Without Limits

Fear often stifles us from ever reaching outside our limits. Fear constricts courage, movement, and opportunity. Completely removing fear from a moment seems impossible, yet, the mind is more powerful than we often give credit for. When we shift where fear resides, we open up opportunity. As I stood at the top of the ski…

How Stephen King Helped Me Persevere As a Writer

I closed Stephen King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft with a newfound understanding of my own craft. Not only did King inspire me to keep on the path of my dreams, but he reminded me that hard work pays off. If you continue to read and write as much as you can, […]…

A Year Ago I Had Surgery

I woke up this morning with a strange feeling on my heart. As I turned to look at the calendar, I realized that today is March 3rd. A year ago I spent the morning in the hospital, under bright lights and the careful hands of a surgeon. She carefully removed a breast tumor that caused much…

Being a Domestic Goddess

I beamed proudly as Fern walked through the door from a long day of work. All laundry was done, the bed was made, the dishes were washed, dinner was cooking on the stove, and I had banana bread baking in the oven. Something I never thought I would take pride in, but being a domestic…