I suppose I could just post my resume here so you can get an idea of who I am from a career perspective, but that wouldn’t be fun, nor do I want to be defined by my professional life (if you must know, check out my Linkedin profile). Aside from being a US Army Veteran, Paralegal, Notary Public, Certified Private Investigator, Manager and MBA graduate, I am also a daughter, sister, auntie, friend and girlfriend (yes, I am leaving my boyfriend at home while I travel around the world, but it’s okay because he is my #1 supporter and will come meet me along the way!). I have an amazingly supportive family and group of friends who have always encouraged me to challenge myself, take risks and follow my own path.
A few years ago, I was in a small book group with a handful of badass professional women who offered me the support and encouragement I needed to go back to school in my 30s. During the three years it took me to obtain an MBA from LMU (I was working full-time after all), these women continued to aid in my growth, both professionally and personally. Going back to school was one of the best (and most challenging) things I’ve done in my life. I made so many friends, traveled to 10 countries, competed as a finalist in the Mayor’s Cup challenge and learned more about myself than I could’ve imagined.
After spending three weeks in Europe with my classmates, I seriously got the travel bug. I started thinking more and more about traveling until I realized that I deserved a break after all my hard work and could afford to take some time off to travel, but I wasn’t ready to do it on my own. And then one day in July, I got a text from D that solved all my problems – she was also ready to check out for awhile. And so here we are, with one-way tickets to Bangkok and a general world-wide itinerary with no return flights booked. Let the adventure begin!