I’ve been on the move since 2001, when I stepped onto a plane and flew to France to spend a summer with a family I’d never met before. Once I’d navigated a foreign country in another language, other things didn’t feel so difficult. Rather, traveling became a delightful challenge.
Where would I sleep tonight? How would I get there? What would I eat? These are questions I’ve enjoyed answering over the years as I traveled (often solo) around the globe. Mistakes and faux pas were made, but overall I always felt a sense of accomplishment and independence after completing a journey.
When I moved across the country to Utah, I turned to outdoor explorations in my own backyard – the deserts and mountains of the western United States. This environment presented a new challenge. There were no languages or customs to learn, but I soon discovered the self-reliance necessary in the backcountry comes with a learning curve of its own.
The sense of independence that I’ve cultivated through travel has taught me this truth: sometimes it’s scary, and you do it anyway.
I hope to share this idea in all its manifestations – the doubts, the challenges, the triumphs – and inspire others to approach life in the same way.
Read more about my views on travel here.
In my professional life, I’ve always looked for opportunities that expand my worldview and allow me access to new and different adventures. I’ve worked in international education for the past decade, organizing study abroad programs, managing global health workshops, and assisting international students. To complement this work, I obtained a Master’s degree in International Public Service from DePaul University.
I’ve also spent time working, studying, and living in France, and I have extensive knowledge of the French language and culture (as well as the constant craving for a decent baguette).
For a complete work history, please view my LinkedIn profile.