After graduating from university in 2013, the reality of what the next chapter of my life would entail was put on a pedestal from the movies and media that displayed adulthood in a picturesque manner. I had this idea in my head that with my degree I would be doing something important. That I would be this busy working woman with a stable job, making a large amount of money to obtain possessions and a house that I thought would make me happy. Nobody really tells you it just means you'd be working a typical 9-5 office life job selling something you don't believe in to people that don't really need it but trying to pursue them that they can't live without it.
One Skype call changed it all. I called my best friend Jennifer, who was currently volunteering and living outside of Hanoi, Vietnam and I vented to her everything going on. In my windowless room of in an apartment I shared with seven people, with my headphones in and my laptop on my lap eating a sweet potato for dinner, everything I thought changed. Jenn simply stated that we always dreamed of traveling with each other, so why not do it now.
Fast forward to after four months of traveling Southeast Asia and moving back to Seattle that same year in 2014, back into my parents and back into the life I forgot I had left behind. I immediately realized that all I wanted to do was go back out into the world again. I have had this dream since 2012 that I would backpack South America and I knew that I wanted to do it long term. So I made sure every month that at least $500 from one of my various office jobs would go towards future travels. For 3 years..every month. Living with craigslist roommates and buying everything but shoes and undergarments second hand. After 10 months of living back in Seattle I met my boyfriend, Matt. After two months of dating, I told him I was going to leave in 2017 no matter what to backpack for a year. I knew at my age nothing was more important than seeing the world. With a smile he said he wanted to come with.
So here we are, in our fifth country in South America. We have adventured to Machu Pichu in Peru, the biggest salt flats in the world in Bolivia, rode horses at sunset with endless wine and meat in Argentina. I hope that sharing my journey to the internet will reach somebody to show them that they can do it to. That a simple idea or thought can transform everything as long as you pursue it no matter how big the steps are in doing so. That is the benefit of a long term goal. When you slowly start working on it then the path towards it will become second nature and then one day it will just happen. I want to give the best advice, tips and stories and hear the same as well from others. I have learned about the world, about people and about passion that no office job could have taught me. These are the years I will have no responsibilities, no roots. I don't have a family yet, I don't have any pets or properties.The security of tomorrow doesn't need to happen now. The adventure of living my days now, in the present, this is what living life feels like.