Recent Travels + An Exciting Upcoming Trip

It’s been quite some time since I last blogged here, but since I’ve been a blogger for so long it doesn’t seem like I’ve been away for months – at least not to me.

I needed time to recalibrate this year and I have just started coming out of my self-imposed hiatus. The past eleven months have been some of the most stressful that I have ever experienced in my life. What I learned is that to get through harrowing times all you can do is put one foot in front of the other, one day at a time. And, to concentrate on those things you can control and let go of those things you cannot control.

It has been stressful, but a true life changer. I’m stronger than I thought and that has changed my thinking about what I can do with the rest of my life.

This month I finally decided to get back to being a part of the community. I joined Merck for Mothers in Los Angeles as a panelist on their #EndMaternalMortality Blogher panel. I joined Dr. Priya Agrawal (Executive Director of Merck for Mothers),  Matt Logelin, Katherine Schwarzenegger, and Mark Allen, who also works for Merck for Mothers.

Merck for Mothers Panel Event #2

It was nice to get back to work on one of the things I am most passionate about: maternal health.

Last week I traveled to DC with Save the Children to work with them on a fellowship program during National Preparedness Month in September. I also stopped by to see my friends at the International Reporting Project who have just moved from Johns Hopkins to New America. I’m really happy for them.

Washington, DC: Thursday, August 18, 2016

Next month I’ll still be on the move. I’m headed to Nepal and I couldn’t be happier. I cannot disclose why I’m going to Nepal just yet, but can very soon. I’m excited because I need, must, have to travel! It’s in my bones and am grateful that I haven’t been away too long to lose out on great opportunities.

What have you been up to? 


  1. Jennifer I have really missed you as have many of us and we were also concerned. Glad that you are back. You have such a strong important voice. Take care and don’t stay a stranger.


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