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, […]

“If you would be loved, love and be lovable.”

I’ve spent the last four weeks writing this blog post in my head, and yet I still don’t know what to write.  One month ago, on September 9, my big brother Benjiman passed away due to an infection he got after his high-dose chemo, radiation, and stem cell transplant.  For those of you who didn’t […]


My workplace really loves acronyms and motivational mottos – basically anything that can be considered its own language, it loves.  (This is going to result in difficult resume-making and interviewing for me in the future.)  About a year ago, they made everything about GSD: Get Shit Done.  Get Stuff Done for those in the corporate […]

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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