Hey there and welcome to my blog!
Well, first things first, you should know that I’ve put borderline embarrassing amounts of time into thinking of a witty description for this page that could accurately describe who I am in the best way possible to someone who has never met me. My usual one-liner is “traveling, picture-taking and animal-loving weirdo”, but beyond that, I’m a 22 year-old girl from the Philadelphia suburbs who adores her family and friends, and like many 22 year-olds, I don’t have much of a clue what I’m doing with my life, but I’m trying my best to enjoy every moment of it.
I know a few things. I know that I truly love people, and I care about their happiness a lot (that includes yours!). I love making people happy and getting to know them, understand them, and learn from them. I’m a bit of a health nut at times, but also very, very weak around cheesecake or a good piña colada. I love being in the water, preferably the ocean, and feel most at peace surfing, free diving, scuba diving, swimming, or on a boat. I know that I feel the most at home in the ocean, laughing with someone I love, or off on my own and surrounded by friendly strangers at a hostel drinking beer in a new, beautiful country I’m ready to explore. But enough about that…
How did I get here?
One day in the late winter of 2013, my parents brought up the idea of a “gap year” to me as an alternative to going to university fresh out of high school. I was immediately hesitant and scared, but the idea quickly gained momentum, and with that momentum my excitement followed and the thought of going to university became more and more distant. Before I knew it I was on a plane alone to Costa Rica at the age of 18 and absolutely ecstatic and terrified at the same time. I knew I was hooked the moment I stepped off the plane three years ago, and haven’t stopped thinking about my next travels or traveling since.
Since then I have lived in Costa Rica, New Zealand, Fiji, and Hawaii, and visited more of Central America, the Mediterranean, and the western and southern United States. As I’m writing this, I’m heading to Bangkok in less than three weeks to become a scuba instructor and can’t wait to see more of our gorgeous planet. Although I know it is not for everyone, I love to travel, and I have made it my main priority the past three years over almost anything besides family and friends. I’m unbelievably lucky and grateful and can’t wait to continue to experience, grow, and write. Thank you so much for taking time to read my blog and please enjoy!