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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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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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By Kayla Nielsen / December 10, 2015 / 0 Comments

When I think about my Gam (and Papa), there’s almost always one image that comes to mind: a map. Now, this isn’t just any ‘ole ordinary map, but one that stretches from floor to ceiling on a Great Wall-sized surface.  There are thousands upon thousands of little yellow and white pushpins jabbed all over it, dotting […]

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