By kristazwart

I'm a California girl who wears her heart on her sleeve and always has her head in the clouds. I currently live in the Netherlands and am attending university at a small honors liberal arts college in the south. I have an artist's soul, a corny sense of humor, and a ravenous mind that hunts down the meaning of life everywhere I go. I love traveling, learning, questioning, experiencing, and am an anthropology and political science major who loves to write and make up stories about the absurdity of the world we live in. Like reading my posts? Please follow!

Not a Work of Art

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end”–Alex quoting John Lennon Happy December! Last time I wrote, I wasn’t in a good place. My control issues were controlling me, and nothing was going my way. All I wanted to do was throw in the towel, kiss Ireland goodbye, and go back to established relationships and familiar places. I had hoped that my trip home for Thanksgiving and my sister’s birthday would help reset me, and give me enough motivation to keep going. Like usual, I was right. I had one of my best…

Beauty & The Blues

In a melodramatic kind of way, you could say I’m going through my Blue Period. Usually when I’m going through harder times, it’s counterbalanced with something good in another part of my life to feed off of. But this is the first time where everything seems to have gone monochromatic, and I’m getting tired and frustrated with trying to turn it around. It won’t last four years, and I’ve managed to find a Beauty in the Blues The vibrancy of a new job as dulled. The excitement of making new friends has been discouraged. And the passion of a new love…

Cogito, ergo, sum

You’ve heard it everywhere: the story that you tell yourself, or the story that you tell others about yourself, greatly impacts how you view yourself, what you believe to be true about yourself. And you act on your beliefs. I think, therefore I am in this case has never been truer. And if we want to change how we think of ourselves, who we believe we are, what things we think are true about ourselves, we have to change our story, our frame of reference, how we tell it. The power of words is immense. I’ve done some hard digging,…

Above & Below Average

Yesterday I sat myself down to calculate my average weekly/monthly earnings from working in this cafe. I did it to include and exclude my tips. Additionally, I noticed on my payslip that I don’t think I earn enough to be taxed anything…my first indicator that I am below the Irish poverty level. I did some googling about average wages in Ireland, and came across a newspaper article written in February about Irish average earnings and such. It stated: “At the other end of the scale the CSO figures show that the lowest average weekly earnings were €350.04 in the accommodation…

Red Car Conversations & Cafe Photoshoots

Yesterday was incredible. Sometimes, just sometimes, I love people. I had been badgering the son of the woman who hosted us in Dublin, a deputy editor for a travel magazine, and after about a month of interrogation, I finally had the chance to sit down with him and interview him for The Podcast. Today, he flies to LA for two days for a photo shoot. And since he works for an airline company, I imagine him hamming it up with champagne and some classy dinnerware. Say hi to my parents for me? I met him on the west side of…