Part 01 | To the core, I’m a nature lover and adventure seeker...
Traveling and exploring are what give me life, and it’s always been like that. I’m a huge goofball, risk taker and stubbornly driven and that’s how I’ve managed to continue living and traveling abroad for the last 9 years! I’ve lived in Colombia, Vietnam, Portugal and Spain – I even tried out van life in Europe for a year! It’s all been an adventure!
On paper, I’m from a small city in Canada called Kitchener. In reality, I was raised all over Canada – hence my bizarre accent. My entire childhood and adolescence was about moving and being independent. You see, my parents divorced when I was very young, so I flew back and forth across Canada, usually alone. I quickly learned how to navigate and take care of myself while I was a little 10 year-old sitting at the gate for my next flight. I would scribble and do my homework while I ate the sandwich my mom had packed for me.
Flying back and forth between what felt like two different lives was weird and I was often seen as an outcast. It was hard being made fun of for constantly moving or having to learn another language as a child. Now, it’s a different story. These are things that I embrace and now seek out, funny how that works isn’t it?
I started moving through this world with hopes of finding a place that truly feels like home. Only to find that we can have many places that feel like home and as we meet new people and explore new places, we leave bits of our heart around the world.
When I dream, I think of what brings me the most joy and that usually involves exploring and creating. I feed off of new ideas and challenges, like trying out via ferratas! If it’s new to you, this is essentially a mixture of hiking and rock climbing where you’re attached to a metal cable or rods on the side of a mountain. This was 100% new for me and terrifying until last year when I tried it for the first time in Slovenia, where I scaled its highest mountain.
Now I dream of things like learning to ice climb; there’s always a ‘what’s next’ for me. Which interestingly means I have to focus very hard to stay in the present moment. This is where creating comes in - whether it’s a video or a connection, it’s normally what keeps me in the moment.
If I’m super honest, creating is also what pays the bills right now! Professionally speaking, I’m insanely inspired by a couple of my favourite travel YouTubers, Kara and Nate. They are the definition of globetrotters and currently have several successful businesses! I strive to do as they do and motivate people to get out and explore!
Is it cliche to say my mom is one of the most inspiring people I know? It doesn’t matter either way, because it’s true! She’s the strongest, most generous person I know, and also a dreamer. She had this cute little saying when I was growing up, and it goes like this – ‘follow your heart’s arrow, wherever it points’. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing and plan to continue doing.
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