Author: Kayla Marie

American millennial Kayla Marie has a vision to live life outside the margin. As a creator, her goal is to tell stories and inspire others to live for themselves. She focuses on themes of inspiration, hustle, and travel to promote values that question the status quo.

Education Travel

What Happened When I Studied Abroad in South Africa

The first time I studied abroad, I knew I wanted to study somewhere that offered the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. South Africa, with its history and stories, was the place to study for me  — not only learn, but challenge my personal skills and cultural perceptions. Urban International …
Education Travel

My Learning Enterprises Summer In The Panamanian Countryside

When I initially applied to teach English, I knew I was taking a chance to change my world outlook and future goals. The opportunity to teach English in Panama with Learning Enterprises caught my eye over two years ago — flyers were scattered around Temple University, where I attended college. …
Galleries

Visuals: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

The captivating botanical garden in Cape Town is a wonder, even in comparison to Table Mountain. With Klein Global Opportunities, I had an amazing opportunity to spend a month in South Africa. Of all the though-provoking and adventurous activities we had, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town were a …
The Hustle Travel

How to Book a Spontaneous Trip for less than $150

Ahh, the travel bug — it comes to haunt us all, doesn’t it? A few weeks ago, it influenced me to book a spontaneous trip with any serious consideration. And I did it for less than $150. Unsure of where to travel next, I took to Google Flights to determine …
Education The Hustle

5 Beginner Blog Tips From One Newbie to Another

While I’ve learned a lot from professional bloggers, sometimes it’s good to take advice from people who more relatable. Here are 5 beginner blog tips to guide you on your blog journey! While I’ve blogged in the past, I’m only six months into my professional journey and am learning a …
Travel

Rosa’s Inspirational Sticky Notes

On my last visit to Rosa’s, a pizza shop that feeds the homeless through its sticky-note fueled pay-it-forward model, these notes directly in front of me spoke volumes. A big thanks to Slendy P.B. for your message. (A note: forgive my imperfect Spanish) & enjoy Hello. The waiter is very friendly. …
Travel

It’s Life Outside the Margin’s 6-Month Blogiversary!

While not my first blog-writing rodeo, this month I get to celebrate the 6-month blogiversary of Life Outside the Margins! Six months ago I started this blog, uncertain yet focused on bringing it to life. Looking back, I’m excited to continue creating because these past six months have given me a taste …
Life & Inspiration The Hustle

Why I Chose to Avoid the 9-5 After College

While a 9-5 can bring security, it’s not a lifestyle for everyone — and certainly not one for me. Learn why I chose to avoid the 9 to 5 after college.  Knowing that I wanted to avoid the 9-5 grind, graduating college brought new challenges and job-seeking strategies I wasn’t …
Life & Inspiration

Using the Power of the Moon to Inspire

Despite its distance in vast darkness, the power of the moon carries our minds back to reality. A reality where the bigger picture makes more sense, even within its own abstraction. As a teenager, I used to scoot halfway onto to the trunk-end ledge of my Mom’s Honda Odyssey (or …