Life in China

As I write this piece in my local coffee shop in Foshan, China – Guangdong Province, I find that I am reflective. There has been so much that has happened in the time since I traversed over the Atlantic from the United States to China. When people ask how my experience has been here, it’sContinue reading “Life in China”

Life as an American in Ecuador

    The first time I traveled to Ecuador was May 2017…. Freshly out of my first post-graduate job, and ready for something new, adventurous, and radical.  I don’t think I could have ever imagined two years later I would be sitting with a girlfriend in an apartment in Quito, capital of Ecuador, 9,350 feetContinue reading “Life as an American in Ecuador”


      If you follow Marc For Short regularly (or know me personally), you’re probably aware that I  frequent  Canada, and was actually there for a bit. And whether you know me personally or not, you may be asking…why?   Great question.   Well, If you’re anything like my granny you’d assume it wasContinue reading “Air”

How to Obtain Your U.S. Passport

  Need a Passport? It’s easy!   If you are reading this, you have either made plans to go abroad or you’re toying with the idea.  No matter what stage you find yourself, getting a passport might seem daunting.     What do you need? Where do you go? How much does it cost?     ButContinue reading “How to Obtain Your U.S. Passport”

Dear Younger Me

Inspired by a talk with  Daryce If you had the chance to have a chat with the younger version of yourself, what would you tell them? Do you think your conversation would be more casual, like meeting up with an old friend? Or more assertive, like warning and demanding. We’ve all had those moments of,Continue reading “Dear Younger Me”


  Okay…so I’m sure half of my friends and followers came to see pictures (and I can’t blame you-Quebec is/was beautiful), but in every experience, I hope to have a good takeaway…and this one was no different.  Aside from all the cool tourist stuff and the beauty of Jacques Cartier National Park (the pictures areContinue reading “Québec”

In Living Color

      The picture I chose for this post is me passed out (circa 2012) at a friend’s apartment in Knoxville Tennessee #collegedayz. You’ll notice right above my head is a poster of Muhammad Ali and above him…a rebel flag. Yes I know,  an oxymoron…to say the least.  I intentionally dug through my FacebookContinue reading “In Living Color”


  Credit history, creditworthiness, credibility…these are all terms I’ve heard over the years but never quite grasped…until I stepped into adulthood. Growing up I  received tons of wisdom and advice from family, a considerable amount from my Grandma.  One tidbit  I recall her reiterating  over the years was to  ‘take care of your credit!’ However, ItContinue reading “Credit”