By temperament, I am a traveler. I crave the freedom to roam, immersion into unfamiliar cultures, and spending my time working directly with people. In 2007 I started a one year adventure in Alaska that turned into five years in a blink of an eye. Alaska took me by surprise. I fell in love with the summers of hiking mountains, exploring the backcountry, and canoeing in open lakes. I equally fell for the winters of skate skiing across city trails, ice skating on frozen lakes, and camping at 10 degrees. Even work was exciting as I got to visit over 15 rural communities around the state. But after four years I had slowly settled into a life that was comfortable and routine. I felt my mind becoming still and unchallenged, my heart becoming numb, and my creativity suffocated and lackluster. I knew it was time to prepare for my next adventure: A year of traveling the lower 48 states and then New Zealand.
As I got ready to leave Alaska, I had so many friends, and coworkers say “you are so brave and adventurous. I wish I could do something like that!” The truth of the matter is that they can! And so can you, whether it be a month volunteering in a developing country, or a week exploring California's wine country, or even just a day hike to a waterfall in the mountains.
In essence, this is the purpose of my blog: to encourage, motivate and empower you to embrace the life of an explorer.
Now, my life is a new kind of adventure. And the one I feel to be the most important. My heart has been called to settle in these East Tennessee Mountains, to be grounded, and to invest in and create community. In the past two years, we have become committed bee keepers, yoga instructors, mountaineers, builders, rock climbers, and land owners. I hope to share these adventures with you in the months to come!