So grateful you are here.
Present day. I moved out of that apartment to start planning for the future. Part of that future was starting Women & the Wilderness. An idea that was sparked by the Rocky Mountains.
Experienced a series of strange relationships and epic fails while I was "looking for the one." Took the two most pivotal trips: Whistler and India.
Spent the first month of 2017 in Australia. I returned home, but not for long. I didn't stop traveling. Somewhere between the end of 2016 and the start of 2017 I quit my full-time job.
Won an Instagram contest which took me to Hong Kong and Thailand. After, I kept traveling and booked a one-way ticket to Australia.
Worked full time in Public Relations, had never traveled outside of the United States before. Nope, not even Canada. Started my blog, The Sunny Side of Things.
I moved into an apartment, almost got a dog, played house and thought I was done with the life I’d been living. That all changed after I went to Belize which led to another life changing trip to Colorado.
The second part of this journey is the people I’ve met. I’ve loved, I’ve lusted, I’ve let go, I’ve trusted, I’ve embraced. And while some relationships did not last, the ones I still have I am grateful for. I have people in my life that not only want to be here but are meant to be here. I once read ‘you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with.’ The people in your life shape you and I’m thankful for those that I have in my corner.
While this only scratches the surface of my journey, it brings me to present day. Now in my late 20’s, a heart full of love and a mind full of wonder. Still traveling, but now it brings more meaning. It holds more weight. I’m traveling intentionally, only visiting places that resonate with me on a soul level. Capturing and sharing my adventures up mountains, through forests, and across oceans; with you.
Without the experiences that filled the last few years, I would have never watched the sunrise in Cappadocia, Turkey, I wouldn’t have eaten my weight in fresh pasta in Italy, I wouldn’t have taken a train from Mumbai to Goa, I wouldn’t have danced under the moonlight on the shores of Thailand and Belize, I wouldn’t have received my yoga teacher certification in Bali, I would have never seen the Rockies, out of which Women & the Wilderness was born. But all of that aside, without the peaks and valleys, I would have never fallen in love with myself. I attribute my human experience, up to this point, to the places and people I’ve encountered and for that, I am grateful.
I tell you this to remind you to honor your journey, the work, the progress and who you’re on the path to becoming. Regardless of what it looks like, feels like, ‘seems’ like. Know you are not alone and you will get to your destination, all in due time.
Here's to the journey,
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Women & the Wilderness is podcast about women in the wilderness of their journeys through life- whatever they might be. We talk self growth, self doubt, overcoming fears and obstacles, stories of love and loss and of course- journey’s up mountains, through forests, and across oceans. A reminder that being a woman in the wilderness has everything to do with discovering the wild within.
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