Category: Personal

Not holding back

  Here’s a story about last night. I was faced with a difficult situation and I didn’t know what to do, and because my default is to be kind, I opted for holding back. In the hours afterwards, when I simmered and stewed angry about the whole thing, I realized I can’t do this anymore. […]

Cartagena Knockers

The city of Cartagena is one of my favorites to visit. It’s old, it’s beautiful, it’s got good coffee and good cocktails… And besides being reasonably close, it’s also the cheapest airport on the coast for (most people) to fly into from the United States. When Marty and I began planning his visit here, I […]

30 things I’ve learned

Tomorrow’s my 30th birthday, and while I have a lot of friends stressing out about this (their own aging, not mine), I’m celebrating my life up to this point. It’s been absolutely nothing like I imagined 10, 15…or even 5 years ago, but it’s been full of love and learning. Here’s some of the things […]

Soy yo: on confidence and being you

Seven year-old me and twenty-nine year-old me are pretty similar. We love making silly faces, we love being artsy and craftsy despite lacking creativity, we love to dance, and we don’t really care what other people think about us. The same is not true for eleven year-old me. By eleven I had glasses, bigger boobs than […]

Happy birthday, Ben.

Today is Ben’s birthday, but instead of turning 37, he is once again 35, forever 35. I am suddenly only five years younger than him rather than seven. Someday, I’ll be older than him. Even though I will (presumably) surpass his age, there’s no way I will ever surpass his wisdom or his intelligence or […]

A year without Ben.

I grew up with two brothers. Then, a year ago today, my Ben brother died. He had been very sick for a year. Well, he had been mostly very sick for a year. But I already wrote 900 words about that and they weren’t very fun to read, so I just deleted them. Instead, today […]

Bringing our whole selves to work

For the amount of time my former employer spent talking about feedback and training its employees on how to give feedback (but like, let’s call it feed forward because that makes it sound like something different that’s nicer), I sure didn’t get very much constructive feedback during my seven year career there. I remember exactly four specific […]

Please listen

Warning: I am heart-broken and rambly and this is probably the worst thing I’ve ever written, but at least read the last paragraph please thank you I love you. I am a Peace Corps Volunteer. This might surprise you, but Peace Corps Volunteers tend to be people who want to make a positive impact on […]

Mountain View

A little about me!

Hey! I'm Brianna Hope, a born & bred midwesterner embarking on an adventure as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia. I am clumsy, I spill a lot, and I share most of my interests with 6 year-olds.

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