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Delaney McKinley

Delaney is passionate about empowering people to be true to themselves! She has been involved in the leadership program at her school, Girl Scouts, church, and various volunteer organizations! Her goal for this year is to broaden her horizons and perception of the world, (specifically, cultures that are different than the one she grew up in), through adventure, shared experience, and a whole 'lotta love. She also can't wait to grow closer to her cohort, host family, and everyone else she gets to know throughout the year! She is inspired by the compassion people show each other, and she truly believes in the "love is a verb" movement. She's ecstatic to get to love & be loved throughout this experience, which is bound to be one of the greatest in her life!


Live From The Field

April 2, 2017

This year was definitely a year to learn, and boy, did I. These are some of the lessons that I’ve learned, (or maybe I already knew, I was just reminded again), this year. Enjoy! 🙂 1. Try everything. Absolutely everything. 2. It’s completely okay to ask for help. None of us are super-human. 3. You...

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How Changing My Name Changed More Than Just That

March 20, 2017

My previous blog post was about embracing all of the things that make me who I am, but I also mentioned a later blog post in which you could read about how I made some changes within myself that lead to even more happiness. As promised – How Changing My Name Changed More Than Just...

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Rokku Mi Rokka

March 16, 2017

Rokku Mi Rokka This is the story of how toothless smiles, free bissap juice, and endless repetitions of catch helped me to find my purpose. I’ve read multiple, nearly identical, testimonies of moving to a foreign land, being pushed to incomprehensible limits, and then discovering a newfound strength and confidence that was hidden deep within....

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Bridge Years are Actually Exactly like Guitar Hero

January 18, 2017

Have you ever played Guitar Hero? I have, and I’m really bad at it. Really, really pathetically bad. Even on the easiest level, I somehow miss 98% of the beats and always find myself just a couple beats behind. My brother, the musical mastermind in the family, perfected every song within a month of having...

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Choosing to Begin Again- For the Fourth Time This Year

December 17, 2016

After realizing I’ve been sending my blogs to the wrong email address, I’ve decided to scratch those and start again, which ties itself beautifully into the topic of this blog. Here we go- Last night, I chose to begin again. This sounds like it should be some brilliant realization I had, but, if I’m being...

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