Change Yourself…Change The World.

About Me

Hello, Hola, Mbaé’chepa, Bonjour, Tashi Deleck, Namaste, Parev, Ni Hao, Sao Di Kaap, Jambo, Assalamualaikum, and Merhaba!

I am a 26 year old American on a journey. The title of this blog is “Change Yourself, Change the World.” I chose this theme because it is a reflection of the way in which I choose to live my life.

Before I started traveling, I had a lifestyle that millions can’t even begin fathom. Not only did I have delicious food to eat, comfortable clothes on my back, and a warm and loving family, but I also had everything I could possibly ever want or need. Even more, I had the privilege of going to a fantastic university in the United States (California Institute of the Arts) and attaining a degree of my choosing, which at the time was a career as a professional musician.

Unfortunately, I developed chronic tendonitis in both of my hands and was unable to drum anymore. In a very depressed state in the Winter of 2007, I felt uninspired and unsure of what my next step in life would be. Searching for guidance, I decided to do the craziest thing I could think of and go to India for three months, volunteering and backpacking with a group of strangers. This experience was brutal at the beginning for a completely novel traveler and sheltered American student who had never traveled outside of the US before. Trying to fit all of the things I desperately ‘needed’ into a humongous backpack, walking miles on end in the sweltering Indian heat, trekking through the Himalayas, trying to understand a completely foreign culture, getting stripped of my identity and feeling vulnerable, homesick, and frequently physically ill… but it was the best experience of my life!

Why? Why were all of these so-called ‘miserable’ experiences so powerful? They were powerful because it forced me to turn around and change myself into something better. It coerced me into stopping and really thinking about my life in relation to others, and it brought a sense of perspective that I had never known existed.

I returned to the US in May 2008 and promptly transferred to Global College/Friend’s World, the only university in the world that allows students to base 3.5 years of their education outside of the United States. From there my travels took off, and nearly 3 years later I have been to 30 countries! My dream has come around full-circle many times over: as a Kiva fellow in Kenya, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, and now as a William J. Clinton fellow in India.

While traveling the world (and living with nine other people in close quarters for eight months, working with three different micro-finance organizations, a non-profit global venture fund in New York, two international fellowships, the US government, and staying at various homestays), I have realized quite a few things about myself in the process. I find myself a passionate social entrepreneur, micro-financier, drummer, musician, avid reader and writer, photographer, videographer, movie-watcher (especially foreign), tree-hugger, and all-around lover of everything that has to do with traveling.

This blog is, in fullness, a winding journey that never stops. I’ve been traveling all over the world since 2008, and I have no intention of stopping!

26 Comments so far
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Looks like an amazing experience. The pictures are great. Have fun and be safe.

Comment by Allie

Wow this is soo awesome! You should become a pro photographer or something because these pictures are great! I miss you sooooo much and I can’t wait to see you in Italy! I hope that you are having a great time and make sure to email me all the time!
Love you!
Siobhanny 😀

Comment by Siobhan

This is an amazing world that you have entered and you are taking your family with you on your travels. You must publish a book of all of your adventures so many more people may enjoy this experience. Be safe and know that you are loved. Auntie Deb

Comment by Auntie Debbis


Brillant stuff .. even i strongly believe that travel is the best way to learn … !!

am gonna read your blog for next two days .. am truly impressed !

and yaa next time you are in india … do meet me .. ll help you with any or everything here

Neha Khandelwal (from Acumen Fund’ online community)

Comment by Neha Khandelwal

Your blog has made it onto my bookmark of blogs…only given to a select few.

By the way…Gandhi ripped off that quote from Tolstoy…as well as that whole passive resistance thing, but we love him anyway!

How are you friend?

End your life!

…not really

Comment by Mr. Penelope

Mr. S Man says many thanks, and sends his regards! Miss you!!

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

cool lip ring and nice aht too! ❤ Athena Myers

Comment by Athena Myers

sorry i meant to type hat! – Athena Myers

Comment by Athena Myers

Do you, by any chance, have Romanian ancestors? 🙂

Comment by fastardul

No I don’t- but I do have Armenian ancestors!

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

Awesome!!I like your blog….have you visited pokhara in your trip to Nepal??

Comment by Harish

No I haven’t, but I would love to someday!

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

My name is Steve Balog. I am Emily’s dad. Thank you for your comments agout her and about the memorial service by PC in Paraguay. And thank you for being her friend. She shared your passion for travel and service. Emily’s mom and I will be visiting Paraguay in a few months and look forward to meeting you.

Comment by Steve Balog

Hello Mr. Balog, it’s great to hear from you. I’m glad to hear that you will be coming down to Paraguay soon- we all look forward to meeting you and sharing memories about Emily’s amazing life.

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

I am curious to find out what blog platform you happen to be utilizing?
I’m having some minor security problems with my latest blog and I would like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any suggestions?

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Hello! I use WordPress. It’s a great platform and I recommend it. Thanks for reading!

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

WOW You’re amazing. I just finished watching your graduation video. So cool to see what you’ve been up to. I really dig your spice jars you’ve created!!!

All the best,

Comment by Zack Purdo

Woahhh blast from the past! Thanks for reading– hope you’re doing well!

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

Just watched your grad video…quite impressive on many levels!!! Will be interesting to see where life’s journey takes you next.

Comment by Eileen Sosa

Thank you! Have a post coming up soon about that 🙂 Stay tuned!

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

Do you have any suggestions on how to document my travels as you have. Camera and video for example.

Also how do you best keep in touch with people?

Comment by Simisola Solanke


My name is Catherine,

I was reading through your blog and think
its great!

Do you accept sponsored posts (travel related)? Could you
please give me the price?:)

I’m looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully working with you
into the future.

Kind Regards,

Comment by Catherine

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website and be updated with the hottest gossip posted here.

Comment by domain

My grandfather was born there; I am part Armenian. I may go there some day.

Comment by Brian Bogosian

Had a Turkish journalist friend over tonight who is writing a novel and wanted to know about Harput. Stumbled across your haunting images and comments. God bless you and wish you a rewarding journey through life…

Comment by Garo Keheyan

Hey Brittany, I’m making a gift for someone and I’m looking to translate a phrase! how would you say “we are here to help each other” in Guarani?

Comment by Ruth

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