I mean, I guess he’s alright. Or whatever.

I mean, I guess he’s alright. Or whatever.

Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering and the lonely right there where you are — in your own homes and in your own families, in your workplaces and in your schools. … You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see. Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for, just rejected by society — completely forgotten, completely left alone.

Mother Theresa

A Monday reminder from this epic lady, because it feels like I have to go somewhere far away or do something dramatic to make a difference. It’s all too easy to forget how much work there is to be done right where I am. 

Copacabana is a real place. And it is wonderful. And coco gelado is my new favorite thing. I don’t ever want to leave this wonderful place!

Copacabana is a real place. And it is wonderful. And coco gelado is my new favorite thing. I don’t ever want to leave this wonderful place!

Still bummed Team USA lost yesterday, but happy that this face painting ordeal happened first. We got interviewed by 3 different TV stations on our way to the game!

Still bummed Team USA lost yesterday, but happy that this face painting ordeal happened first. We got interviewed by 3 different TV stations on our way to the game!

Street soccer in Salvador ⚽️

Street soccer in Salvador ⚽️

Today we’re in Salvador, a town where they celebrate Carnivale all year round.

We’ve all been up since 3 a.m. for a painfully early flight. It’s reaching that point in the family vacation timeline where people are starting to snap at each other, purely because we’ve spent every minute of the past seven days together. And, like every time I travel, that whole language barrier thing is a hurdle in ways you wouldn’t expect and makes me wish I spoke every dialect of every language in the world. 

Just keeping it real here, because I think it’s important to know that other people’s vacations aren’t as perfect as they can appear through the filters of Instagram, ya know? Everyone has these less than ideal moments, in travel and everyday routines. That’s just part of life, even if we don’t always share those moments on social media. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m loving Brazil and am grateful for every moment of this opportunity… It really is incredible. But sometimes my perfectionist tendencies get the best of me, and I forget that a trip (or for that matter, really anything) doesn’t have to be perfect to be awesome. 

And today? Well it was far, far from flawless, but it was still pretty darn fun.

Today we’re in Salvador, a town where they celebrate Carnivale all year round.

We’ve all been up since 3 a.m. for a painfully early flight. It’s reaching that point in the family vacation timeline where people are starting to snap at each other, purely because we’ve spent every minute of the past seven days together. And, like every time I travel, that whole language barrier thing is a hurdle in ways you wouldn’t expect and makes me wish I spoke every dialect of every language in the world.

Just keeping it real here, because I think it’s important to know that other people’s vacations aren’t as perfect as they can appear through the filters of Instagram, ya know? Everyone has these less than ideal moments, in travel and everyday routines. That’s just part of life, even if we don’t always share those moments on social media.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m loving Brazil and am grateful for every moment of this opportunity… It really is incredible. But sometimes my perfectionist tendencies get the best of me, and I forget that a trip (or for that matter, really anything) doesn’t have to be perfect to be awesome. And today? Well it was far, far from flawless, but it was still pretty darn fun.

Yesterday’s game was epic, and Team USA made it out of the Group of Death… So we’ll get to see them play in the Round of 16 on Tuesday! 😜 #WorldCup2014 #isthisreallife

Yesterday’s game was epic, and Team USA made it out of the Group of Death… So we’ll get to see them play in the Round of 16 on Tuesday! 😜 #WorldCup2014 #isthisreallife

This is THE most cliche vacation photo, but I just couldn’t resist. Brazilians do this whole beach thing right. I’m never leaving.

This is THE most cliche vacation photo, but I just couldn’t resist. Brazilians do this whole beach thing right. I’m never leaving.

Ivory Coast vs. Greece // Fortaleza, Brasil // World Cup 2014

Ivory Coast vs. Greece // Fortaleza, Brasil // World Cup 2014

Today we explored every corner of Parque Ibirapuera, a giant garden, lake and park smack in the center of São Paulo. It was the perfect way to work up an appetite for feasting at an authentic Brazilian steakhouse. 

We also watched Brazil win their third game of the Cup tonight! Watching soccer with Brazilians is intense; I’m half surprised that no one in the bar had a heart attack.
I’ve only been here for two days so far, but we’ve packed so much sight seeing and soccer watching in that it feels like much longer, in the best possible way. Having friends who are native Brazilians definitely helps as well, so we’re feeling extra grateful for our lovely hosts. 

We leave early tomorrow for a flight to Forta Leza, where I’ll go to my first World Cup game ever! My family got tickets to tomorrow afternoon’s Ivory Coast vs. Greece match. We’ve decided to support Ivory Coast and have orange shirts + cheers ready in support of Les Elefantes. It should be quite the day!

Today we explored every corner of Parque Ibirapuera, a giant garden, lake and park smack in the center of São Paulo. It was the perfect way to work up an appetite for feasting at an authentic Brazilian steakhouse.

We also watched Brazil win their third game of the Cup tonight! Watching soccer with Brazilians is intense; I’m half surprised that no one in the bar had a heart attack.

I’ve only been here for two days so far, but we’ve packed so much sight seeing and soccer watching in that it feels like much longer, in the best possible way. Having friends who are native Brazilians definitely helps as well, so we’re feeling extra grateful for our lovely hosts.

We leave early tomorrow for a flight to Forta Leza, where I’ll go to my first World Cup game ever! My family got tickets to tomorrow afternoon’s Ivory Coast vs. Greece match. We’ve decided to support Ivory Coast and have orange shirts + cheers ready in support of Les Elefantes. It should be quite the day!

Cheesin’ with some Chilean super fans!

Cheesin’ with some Chilean super fans!

Oh heyyy São Paulo! #WorldCup2014

Oh heyyy São Paulo! #WorldCup2014

Tomorrow, the whole Storms crew is headed to Brazil for the World Cup! In honor of that, here’s the photo my dad insisted we take to show off our official Team USA scarves. Please make sure to note my hilarious mother, our confused family dog and the half-rearranged living room. 

Tomorrow, the whole Storms crew is headed to Brazil for the World Cup! In honor of that, here’s the photo my dad insisted we take to show off our official Team USA scarves. Please make sure to note my hilarious mother, our confused family dog and the half-rearranged living room. 

With That Moon Language

Admit something:
Everyone you see, you say to them,
“Love me.”
Of course you do not say this out loud;
Otherwise,
Someone would call the cops.
Still though, think about this,
This great pull in us to connect.
Why not become the one
Who lives with a full moon in each eye
That is always saying
With that sweet moon
Language
What every other eye in this world
Is dying to
Hear.

- Hafiz

It’s official, summertime in Chicago is THE best. 

This weekend was one for the books. How is it over already?!

It’s official, summertime in Chicago is THE best.

This weekend was one for the books. How is it over already?!