Until You Arrive

A blog about staying mindful, pursuing justice, and building community.


Life Updates – New City, New Job, New Opportunities

I have been in Washington for three and a half weeks, and I have been so incredibly busy. Life has felt like a whirlwind since I left California… meetings, volunteering, starting work, trainings, appointments, coffee dates, exploring… I’m absolutely loving it! I’ve already hit the ground running at my new job. On my first day …

“I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me” – My New Year’s Resolutions

Goodbye summer, hello back-to-school, and happy new year! I love this new year’s season – I have personally found September to be a much better time for new beginnings and fresh starts than January. Luckily for me, Rosh Hashanah happens right around this time of year, which gives me a chance to reflect on my …

4 Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Thinking About Quitting a Nonprofit Job

Deciding when to leave a job or a volunteer opportunity can be a challenge: there are so many things that you need to take into consideration, including your finances, your resume, your professional development, and your overall happiness at work! Many of my peers and I have had to make decisions about whether or not …


Hello! My name is Claire, and I’m a lifelong Californian learning to get by in Washington state. I’m passionate about service, community, and social justice. I run on iced mochas, and I only listen to The Mountain Goats.

I’m on a journey of personal and professional growth, and I won’t know if I’ve achieved my goals and made it to my destination until I arrive. Until then, I’ll be blogging and trying to enjoy the ride.

I’m writing in part to document the experiences I have while adjusting to life in the PNW, but also to share lessons learned and advice that I, a 23-year-old woman, feel I am qualified to share.