Packing: the total package

Peace Corps has very specific luggage requirements.  Knowing this, and how terrible of a packer I’m known to be, I was very nervous about getting all of my stuff in.  As it turns out, the luggage requirements are very generous.  Two large bags can be checked. Their total linear inches can equal 107″.  The largest […]


I have lived in Minnesota for 10 years.  In Wisconsin for 7 before that, and in South Dakota for 11 before that.  These are all states with 4 seasons.  States with a very distinct winter.  And especially Minnesota.  While some years I’m not quite on board, I’ve learned to love winter.  I’ve learned to love […]

Packing: the wardrobe

Fact: I’m terrible at packing; I have never not over-packed. Fact: I own a lot of clothing. These two facts made the thought of packing for Peace Corps service really daunting. Fact: A lot of my clothing is really bright and filled with pattern.  Fact: I love blogs written by crafty, fashionable women.  Fact: When I […]

2015: the year of Gerty

The Peace Corps welcome book for Colombia states that “Volunteers are required to receive prior approval from the country director to ride bicycles in Colombia.”  A year and a half ago when I interviewed for the position, this wouldn’t have been anything I really took notice of.  At that time, I rode my bike as transportation, but […]

Things are getting real real

My Peace Corps group has a Facebook group.  It’s mostly been a great asset, as we’ve been able to connect, ask each other questions, and support one another through all the tedious steps that it takes to go from Peace Corps Recruit to Peace Corps Volunteer.  It’s also been ridiculous at times, with a lot […]

The cat’s out of the bag

I never realized what a relief it would be to give my notice at work.  To have my managers, who are concerned about my future, know what my true plans are.  But when I had the conversations with my manager about my resignation and last days, I really did feel a weight lift off my […]

I’m not a liar!

For quite a while, when I talked to people about leaving for the Peace Corps, I would say, “I’m hopefully moving to Colombia in January.”  “Hopefully?” they would respond.  For a while I would explain that I was basically good to go, pending medical clearance which…whatever.  Turns out medical clearance is not something to be messed […]

Go all in & whole-ass it

There are very few things that I half-ass.  I really try to whole-ass everything that I do.  When I say that, I am not necessarily meaning that I put my full effort into what I do, but rather that I try to do things with a certain amount of fearlessness and ferocity. To be clear, […]

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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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