About Heather

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”                    

~Harold Whitman

 

I’ve had my fair share of ladylike encounters but lets be honest, at the end of the day they seldom make a good story, after all you know what they say “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”  My plethora of ravenous un-ladylike mishaps tell an even greater tale of unpredictable adventure, risk and passion for life.

As my siblings will gladly (and quickly) inform you, I was spoiled from a young age; I used to fight this theory but what the hell? I’ll let em’ have this one, after all I am living my dreams and enjoying the spoils! My mother raised 4 children all the while attending school, working more often than not and earned her Pharmacy Doctorate which provided my siblings and I a unique opportunity at a life we would not have otherwise known. I give her mad props for being a shining example of dedication, hard work and selflessness, it probably felt like cruel and unusual torture most of the time!

My mother’s ambitions provided me with life altering opportunities which then transformed into life altering perspectives. I was an adorable baby, a sweet young girl, a bratty teenager and an ambitious high school graduate. In the course of 4 years I graduated from high school, attended a semester of college before packing up to leave America for the first time and moved toVoronezh,Russia to teach English, fell in love, bought a condo, fell out of love, went back to college and dreamed BIG!

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Here is what I know; few people choose to be ‘homeless’ and ‘countryless’ even though the landslide majority say they are jealous and wish they could just pack up to travel the world. In fear of sounding arrogant, if you really wanted to be traveling you would be. I didn’t wake up one day and say, “hmmm… I think I’ll move out of the country today.” I have been meticulously working towards this for years, finishing my degree, forfeiting  romantic relationships, selling my condo, awaiting my inevitable job loss and then (and only then) did I buy my plane ticket. Dreams demand serious commitment, just like your children, relationships, homes, education and your bills. My priority is traveling, to a degree that most people don’t wish to pursue. This lifestyle is a choice, not an altogether whim.

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”

~Vincent Van Gogh

This leads us to now. I’m an unruly 26 year old with an insatiable craving for change, cold beer, music, sports, education and most importantly, travel. I’ve spent my early twenties preparing myself to be qualified to offer something in exchange to live my passion. I earned my bachelors degree Spring 2012 in Integrated Studies with emphasis in History and Social Science which in the future will allow me to teach English and get paid.

Combining my passion for travel and education. Smart no?

So, it is with great pride and a little humility that I am heading out to live my greatest dream yet! On July 15, 2012 I will be boarding my first one way flight to Europe specifically Hamburg,Germany where my ‘home base’ will be. Which is really my fancy way of saying that I am leaving the majority of my luggage at a friends place in Hamburg while I travel.

When my plans don’t work out I have an all out tantrum (that would rival triplet two year olds), which as life would have it happens pretty much every time I make plans… so I stopped trying. Your guess is as good (and probably better) than mine on which countries I’ll visit first, which countries I’ll live in and how long I might possibly be there. Maybe I’ll be teaching English inSouth Koreaby New Years or I’ll be inAfricafor Christmas, possibly bankrupt in the states for Thanksgiving? (Just kidding about that last one)

I prefer to have basic guidelines instead, for example, I knew I wanted a degree which evolved between 4 schools, 3 degrees, 2 many college courses, all leading to 1 dream. So instead I’m leaving the planning to the universe and I’ll do my best to oblige when opportunity calls my name!

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12 comments on “About Heather

  1. Hi Heather,

    Love your site, great photo’s and travel stories. It’s great seeing people follow their heart and do what makes them truly happy. Safe Travels!

  2. My heart is pounding faster with every word I read on you about Heather post. Congratz for your sharp and clear dream in such a young age. Excitement and a bit jealousy in waiting for your next stories.

    Bon Voyage!

    • Thank you Mayang, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog, since I leave this Sunday to travel indefinitely things are sure to get even more exciting really quick!

    • I think the misconception that I am lucky or that this life just fell into my lap is one of THE most frustrating aspects of being a travel writer or expat. Sure, there are examples of that but they are far and few between!
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

      • “I think the misconception that I am lucky or that this life just fell into my lap is one of THE most frustrating aspects of being a travel writer or expat.”

        Oh bloody hell, I know what you mean! Rawrgh!

  3. Love your about me! Seriously can’t believe you moved to Voronezh Russia after your first semester of college to teach English — would love to hear about that!! Very excited to follow along your Europe travels this summer!

    • It was such a worthwhile experience but very challenging! It changed my entire life and is a large reason I am such a passionate traveler now, in October 2012 I will be moving to teach English in South Korea which is sure to be challenging but I think I have a better idea of what to expect than when I’d just turned 18 and moved to Russia to teach! Thanks for reading!

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