I was born and raised in Maryland. It’s a small state on the Chesapeake Bay located next to Washington, DC and three hours away from New York City. I lived in the same city in Maryland for the first twenty years of my life. At twenty-one years old, I found myself searching for something more meaningful. I was finishing a Criminal Justice degree and working as a nanny, when I realized that I wanted to explore the world. I started off small, staying with my comfortable zone of the USA.
I lived in five states in one year. Let’s see. I moved to Texas because I fell in love with the city of Austin. It was artsy and outdoorsy, but it felt like I was too far away from my family and friends (especially at a time when my mother was having unexpected health problems). So, I moved to Connecticut to work as a live-in nanny for the family I worked for previously. But a move to an area filled with senior citizens during the peak of winter wasn’t exactly appealing either. And soon, I was moving to New Jersey to work in a special education school. But that wasn’t part of the long term plan, so I moved back to Maryland to take a summer course while finishing my Paralegal Certificate. And at the end of my summer course, I rewarded myself by moving to Florida for two months to visit one of my childhood best friends.
And then, I found myself back in Maryland. I was “home” again. I had had my fun, but it was time to conform to the nine-to-five lifestyle. Or was it? After one year working as a paralegal, I found myself feeling unsatisfied again. Even with a month long road trip around the USA in 2011 and 2012, I was still craving more adventure, more spontaneity, and more travel. I had always wanted to live in a foreign country and teach abroad. And that’s how I ended up in teaching English in Nanjing, China.
After spending nine months teaching English to university students, it was time to farewell China and all of it’s craziness! I headed through Asia as a backpacker. I visited Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, and South Korea before heading home to visit my family and friends for the holiday season.
I spent five cold and snowy months re-living the life I had created for myself in my early twenties, but I knew that I wouldn’t stay home for long. I farewelled my family and friends (which contrary to popular belief, does not get easier each time) and headed to a new continent. It was off to Australia with my best friend for a year on a working holiday visa.
I never planned on staying in Australia for more than a year, but I fell in love. We applied for permanent residency and, well, we’re still here. I still plan to “settle down” in the USA one day and I also still plan to live on every continent for a y
ear each. But, for now, my life is in Australia.
So, follow my adventures, new and old, while I experience new cultures, eat new foods, and attempt to learn new languages.