I’m a big lover of travel and seeing all the amazing things this world has to offer. Old cities and architecture, natural wonders and different types of cuisine are all the things that drive me to travel away from the beautiful Pacific Northwest and experience something new. I will always come back, but being able to make memories in different countries and homes of friends around the planet are what life is about! I would hate to look back on my life and think that I didn’t live to my full potential and I didn’t see enough of what’s out there.
This hasn’t been easy for me, however, as I struggle with a generalized anxiety disorder that has gotten worse as I age, making traveling to new and unfamiliar places fairly stressful. When I was 14 I traveled to Japan on a student exchange and spent several weeks both staying in my own room at my homestay’s house in Shimizu and exploring the cities of Takayama, Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tokyo on buses and trains with our group of students… just thinking about doing that kind of thing now completely freaks me out! But knowing that I was fine then fills me with the knowledge that I can be fine again and yes, I can do this. I continue to push myself out of my comfort zone so I can do the things I want to do. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet a wonderful partner in J who loves travel just as much as I do and he helps to keep me grounded. I refuse to allow my anxiety to direct my life, so when I feel myself starting to lose it I just have to take a minute (or 30 or 60) to tell my brain to chill out, things will be fine! Look at this amazing view instead and just breathe! ♥♥♥
Los Angeles, California, USA – April 3-6th 2015
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA – January 19-26th 2015
Tofino, BC, Canada – November 15-16th 2014