Hello there, I’m Philippe and this is my blog.
I’m a writer, reader, thinker, traveler, and storyteller. I see life as a story to be lived with an author to fall in Love with.
My life is an absolute gift.
I graduated from UC Santa Barbara in June 2012. Since then, I’ve been in a bit of a gap year… using the word “year” loosely. I’d like to go back to school to work with international human rights, but before that happens, I’d like to pack lightly, see the world, meet people, and create memorable scenes. It’s a journey that’s taken me across the country, around the world, and back home.
This blog is a spot for me to chronicle some of my adventures. I want to live a really good story with my life, and one of the ways that’s helped me do that has been to regularly tell the stories that I live. It’s a spot for me to share what’s worked for me and what hasn’t, and hopefully, you just might find some inspiration, or something.
The things I write about can be all over the place sometimes. My main focus is on the story I’m living. In the process of that, I end up writing a lot about travel, life after graduation, a relationship with God, social justice issues, and North Korea… all pretty big and inseparable aspects of my life, alongside my everyday adventures.
Just a handful of things about me:
Where I call home is kind of complicated. Having just graduated, my life is split between Santa Barbara and San Diego. Since I’ve spent most of my gap year traveling, I’ve not only been between these two places, but spread out all over the Earth. I was born in Illinois, and I’ve also lived in Philadelphia, Italy, Buenos Aires, and Johannesburg.
I take pictures, and a lot of them.
Since the beginning of 2010, I’ve taken a photo a day
. This project allows me to see the story I’ve been living, to experience gratitude, and to stay motivated to live a good story. I’m doing it for the fourth consecutive year now. On September 26, 2012, I took my 1000th photo.
One of the things I value the most are relationships. One of my biggest beliefs is that we were made for incredible relationships, and that grace is the key to all relationships.
I am dating this amazing girl named Deanna. We began dating in June 2012 after being very close friends for a very long time. Our relationship still continues to surprise and amaze me, and it’s something I’m really thankful for.
I am a follower of Jesus.
I used to think of my faith as a set of opinions and rules of living to subscribe to, but I now simply see it as being transformed by a relationship with God and living life in the light of a second chance
. It’s all about Love. G.K. Chesterton once said, “let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.” I really like that.
I am passionate about social justice
and I’m infinitely curious about a variety of global issues
from development to conflict resolution to refugee work. I Love learning about different ways people approach some of the world’s biggest needs. I studied Global Studies and global issues are where I hope to invest my career.
One particular place close to my heart is North Korea.
I find it tragic how little is known about all the injustice in that country
, and how all that is known is about its oppressive regime. I’ve met some North Korean refugees with incredible stories. In 2012, I interned with LiNK- Liberty in North Korea, and went on tour around the United States to shift the conversation about North Korea on to its people, and to raise funds to help resettle refugees.
I am a bit of a travel nut- it’s one of my favorite things to do. I’m so thankful to have had plenty of opportunities to travel, and its taught me a great deal of things- one of those being that you don’t need a large amount of money to travel. If there’s a will, there’s a way! I’ve been able to see 21 different countries, 32 states, and 101 different and unique locations on every continent except for Antarctica.
I hope to live a contagious life- that is, a life that causes others to live more fully and freely as a result. Whether that’s through simply inspiring people through different stories I live out, or through offering opportunities to people who haven’t had the same advantages, I want a life that gives life.
I am a Phillies fan through thick and thin, I love writing letters, and I hope to own a great pyrenees in the near future. And I absolutely Love feedback- whether that be encouragement or some constructive criticism. Feel free to email me whenever firstname.lastname@example.org
, or to leave comments on any of my posts. I’d love to hear from ya!