Searching for my "happy path"...

So I came to Colombia thinking (and hoping) that maybe I’d come to my senses and figure out my perfect job and next steps moving forward. And while I can say I have most definitely NOT figured out my perfect career (is there actually such a thing as a perfect career anyway?) I have gotten much clarity on on my next steps moving forward: being HAPPY! So, yeah, maybe I won’t ever have a “perfect” career that pays a shit ton of money, at least in the traditional sense, and maybe I won’t ever climb the “ladder,” or have a set salary of $200K. But if I can continue to build a lifestyle that suits ME (whatever that may be) and give myself the freedom and flexibility to think about and do the things that I love, THEN I’ll be successful. Because if I can find a way to travel more than one week out of the year, meet cool people every day, NOT sit at a desk from 9-5 and actually look forward to waking up (even if it is just serving vegan crepes for now) then that is success to me.

Rough start to Colombia...

Bogota was my very first stop in Colombia... and smooth sailing it WASN’T. Excited for my solo adventure in Colombia to start, having traveled all over the world, a large majority of the time in developing nations, fear certainly wasn’t the first thing on my mind. Of course, a healthy amount of fear and caution is always a thought when traveling, but why would I have any more fear traveling in Colombia than I would traveling in, say, Mexico, Guatemala or Peru (three countries I’ve safely traveled in.) Sure, I knew some of the history here and that you obviously need to be careful while traveling in Latin America, especially as a solo female, but I already knew these things. And none of these were sound reasons to NOT come to Colombia. Plus, I’m not the kind of person that let’s fear get in the way of (almost) anything. Andddd what better place to practice my Spanish and immerse into a new culture than in Colombia?! Fuck the haters and the fear - this trip was gonna be rad. 

The Greatest Life Lessons I've Learned From Traveling

Cliché or not, traveling the world in the last year has taught me more about life than I could have ever imagined. While I assumed I’d learn about different cultures and foods and languages and stories, I never realized I’d gain an entirely new perspective on myself, the world and this crazy thing we call life. After spending time in 50 cities in 15 countries in 4 continents across the world with people from all backgrounds, ages, cultures, religions and walks of life here’s a little glimpse of what I’ve learned in the last year and how to live life – and do it right.