Not Your Average Gal
I grew up knowing full well there was so much more of the world I needed to see outside of my Midwestern roots. Sometimes those aspirations made people cock their heads to the side, the way dogs do when they’re confused.
I started the blog as a way to not only be a story teller of my travels, but also create an encouraging community where sharing the not-so-average life together validates that we all take our own paths in life.
I’m married to a swell chap who decided to be an overachiever and become an ER doctor. He wanted to help people and save lives, or something melodramatic like that. In keeping with the unconventional life, we lived 1400 miles apart for two years while I stayed on the corporate path in Florida and he began his ER residency in Michigan.
I moved back to Michigan last year for the last two years of residency and then we shall see where the next adventure takes us. I’m peanut butter and chocolate excited!
I’ve never done anything in the traditional fashion, really. I always seemed to be a bit slow on the uptake in regards to the classic milestones in life: first kisses, slow dancing, dating in adolescence, dating in college, hell…dating, getting married, having kids, buying a house. Hindsight: I’m honestly glad it’s worked out like that. I got to hone my writing skills by talking to strangers on Netscape and AIM. Those were the days. (JOKES, DAD!)
My husband and I went to something like 25 weddings before we jumped down the rabbit hole and got hitched. Even then, it was across the pond in England where the Spice Girls lyrics were used in our wedding ceremony and my dad got up to tell everyone (proudly) about how not-normal I am.
Besides, normal is just a setting on washing machine.
Truth be told, I think the American Dream is a load of crap. Our generation is saddled with so much student loan debt that I laugh in the general direction of a mortgage. I consider the world my home anyway. See what I did there?
I travel a lot, sometimes solo. I consider myself a part-time globetrotter, as I work towards securing a lifestyle that allows me to be location independent. I’ve been to 20+ countries and counting. Next up is London and back to Southeast Asia in 2018.
I think the best nugget I’ve learned on this not so average journey is that always striving for the next best thing can often distract you from what’s truly important, like: community, cultures and customs. I think we’re all far more alike than different.
I’m super glad your different rear is here. Thanks for stopping by.