As I write this blog, I’m on a road trip from Miami, FL to Toronto, Canada. Like many other people and maybe you, I LOVE to travel. So, today I thought I would get a little more personal and share where this passion was born.
I was raised in the country, specifically on a horse farm. My childhood was spent in the barn, caring for (including mucking out stalls!) and riding those beautiful creatures. My mother was and still is horse crazy to this day. In fact, I love that I can say I never had to ask for a pony for my birthday as a child. I was lucky that I had several! I feel blessed for many fond memories of riding in the country side along the river, racing up and down and the hills and travelling to horse competitions all over Ontario.
On our farm, we didn’t have access to cable TV. My spare time was spent by reading and looking at pictures of stacks of old National Geographic magazines. The gorgeous images of far off places and of other people who looked different than me became pure fascination. I fell in love with the pull out maps. They lined by bedroom walls and I would get lost in time studying them. I’m still in awe of how this influential magazine has impacted our culture and society. I know in my heart it not only inspired the desire to explore and cherish the planet, but to pick up a camera and learn about the art of photography. I mean who didn’t dream of becoming a National Geographic photographer as a child!?
I was the shy, introvert type in my youth and enjoyed spending time in libraries. One day I came across a book that truly changed my life. Work Your Way Around the World by author Susan Griffiths, was filled with countless ideas and resources on how I could fund my travel addiction and experience other countries beyond the tourist attractions. After spending some time in the Canadian Rockies and sharing a house with 5 other British gals, I finally took the leap to start my overseas travel adventure. I applied for my working holiday visa and planned a trip to the UK with intentions of backpacking and working for 2 years. I ended up purchasing a copy of that book and it became my bible. With the information in it, my 2 year trip turned into a 4 year trip and included travels not only to the UK, but throughout Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Southern Africa and Asia.
Those years were transformative to say the least! I developed life long friendships, experienced cultures beyond the farm life which I was raised, and flourished into a confident, young, responsible woman.
I’ve often wondered, why do people like to travel. I think it comes back to growth and evolving. As humans it’s our instict to grow. We feel more alive when we are learning, growing, challenging ourselves. It so easy to get comfortable and create a little bubble of life around ourselves, but when we travel, we break out of that bubble and open our eyes to what else is going on in the world.
Nowadays, my travel interests are keeping me a little closer to home while I explore North America. In the past year I’ve had a chance to work and play in big, beautiful cities around the USA such as New York, Chicago, Savannah, and my second home, Miami. In my travels, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with inspiring women who are passionate about their purpose. I feel a world of gratitude to these women for inviting me into their communities and for getting to do what I do!
My mission is to continue travelling to U.S cities and serve women by helping them to grow their business with beautiful images that tell their brand story.
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