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i'm Kayla

I’m a teacher, writer, and entrepreneur who travels the world with my wife and my pack of dogs. I dreamed of becoming a writer and teacher ever since I was a young girl. Little did I know, these two passions would lead me to blog writing and yoga teaching! I adore education in all forms, and I love to express myself through words—so here we are. 

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Chia Pudding

By Kayla Nielsen / December 3, 2018 / 0 Comments

To be honest, I can’t believe I’m even writing a “recipe” for this, because it’s SO DAMN SIMPLE that’s kind of hilarious.However, I actually do get a lot of questions about how to make it- so I thought, why not?This is a great option for a quick, simple, yet HEALTHY start to your day.Combine it […]

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By Kayla Nielsen / November 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

It’s safe to say that hummus is one of my staples. I add that shit to just about EVERYTHING as a great protein additive. Sure, there are plenty of pre-made hummus options in most (Western) shops nowadays. But, it’s also REALLY easy and inexpensive to make a big batch of your own, as well.  You will need a […]

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Women’s Health

By Kayla Nielsen / November 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

I was prescribed birth control before I was even sexually active. That was 15 years ago, and I’ve been on it ever since.  And, I don’t know about you, but I absolutely DREAD going to the gyno. I mean, c’mon, I don’t think anyone ENJOYS having a stranger poke around between their legs while trying […]

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YTT Abroad

By Kayla Nielsen / June 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

As most of you know (or at least those who follow me on social media), I’ve been in India for the last month completing a 300 hour training with Trimurti Yoga. And, based on my posts- I think it’s pretty obvious that I’ve been really happy with my experience. Since I’ve been here, I’ve had a […]

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Walkin’ the Walk

By Kayla Nielsen / April 30, 2018 / 0 Comments

I keep mentioning how I haven’t written anything in a long time, but I haven’t included without any real reasoning as to why. Although I’ve thought about it quite a lot recently, the answer wasn’t especially apparent to me until last week. I mean, c’mon- nothing like a $10 palm reading from a strange psychic […]

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Everyday Prophets

By Kayla Nielsen / April 26, 2018 / 0 Comments

Intro: I’ve had several random encounters over the last two days which have inspired this piece. Actually, scratch that. I don’t really think that anything is TRULY random. In fact, these stories were clearly presented to me for a reason. Maybe that reason is to get me writing again. (it’s been awhile) Or maybe that […]

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Blast From the Past in Kenya

By Kayla Nielsen / March 18, 2017 / 0 Comments

The first time I came to Kenya was over 4 years ago & I stayed for 3 months. The country captured my heart in a way I hadn’t expected. Or, perhaps it was the IDP community (Internally Displaced Persons) who I worked with that should take credit for such a claim. Either way, 6 months […]

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From There to Here

By Kayla Nielsen / February 10, 2017 / 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a high school girl asking if she could do her Leadership Project on me.  Because there isn’t any information on Go Light Our World’s site about my personal story in the creation of the organization, she wanted to ask a few questions. Surprised & flattered, I […]

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Remember When

By Kayla Nielsen / November 14, 2016 / 0 Comments

Facebook thought I’d like to know what my one year “memory” looked like today. Seeing it evoked that feeling of remembering this moment as if it were only yesterday and an eternity ago all at once. Have you ever feared for your life? To the point of actually believing your time on this planet just […]

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This One’s For the Living

By Kayla Nielsen / April 26, 2016 / 0 Comments

I went on a date on the 13th of February. It was the first time I’d been on one in…who knows how long? Scratch that. Let’s be real. I know exactly how long it’s been.Who am I trying to kid?September. Early September.(and, yes- maybe that’s even being generous) So, I go on a date.For the […]

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By Kayla Nielsen / February 29, 2016 / 0 Comments

I asked her what happened, although I already knew. The scar carved from her swollen, purple eye down to her jaw matched those which sliced across both of her wrists before running up the entire length of her lean, weathered arms.  Her body had become an irate map of violence. Each mark a symbol of […]

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By Kayla Nielsen / January 25, 2016 / 0 Comments

Africa attracts a certain type of backpacker. There is a sense of familial connection between both tourists and volunteers in our hearts’ collective response to the Motherland’s calling. We are unified by the unabashedly raw beauty of Her land and Her people, alike. We are hypnotized by Her abundance, Her mourning, and Her most simplistic […]

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