The word Wanderlust was created for people like me. I live and breathe by the quote from J.R.R. Tolkien that “not all those who wander are lost”. I am often restless in one place for very long, always itching to explore new places and cultures, and wanting desperately to see the world. After a visit to my hair dresser who has known me since I was 9 years old where he referred to me as his “little gypsy traveler”, I realized that that was the perfect description of me. If there is one photo that has the power to describe my life, both current and future, this one is it. I have it plastered all over everything: my bulletin board in my room, my Mac desktop, etc. If it’s something that I look at every day, this quote is posted there. I do it as a reminder to myself. I intend to live a meaningful life and sometimes I let the little, petty things cloud my vision. Things such as fear of the unknown, smooth talking Southern men who aren’t who they appear to be, and social norms designed to “keep me in my place” are amongst the obstacles that have been thrown at me in the past couple of months. I am constantly reminding myself that these obstacles are only designed to make me stronger and that, ultimately, these issues are not going to matter. In truth, these obstacles are what have set me on my current life path.
That smooth talking, xenophobic Southern man is who inspired me to consider serving in the Peace Corps after graduation next May. His inability and unwillingness to accept other people and cultures for what they bring to the table made me want to advocate and serve these deserving individuals even more ardently than I had thought possible. I have been raised on the “Pay It Forward” mentality and nothing could make me happier than doing that work for the rest of my life. Unlike many, I rule my life by passion. I believe that if you do something you’re passionate about then everything else will fall into place. Call me naive, call me an idealist…I don’t care. I would rather live a life of meaning than a life of means. I am often overwhelmed with the amount of information and ideas running through my mind so I guess this blog is going to serve as a sounding board for my ideas, my thoughts, my experiences, and other random happenings.
If you survived through my rambling above, here is some basic information about me:
- I am currently a graduate student at Eastern Kentucky University working toward a M.S. in Criminal Justice
- I am a proud alumni of Western Kentucky University and will forever consider myself a Hilltopper
- While at WKU, I was a member of Sigma Kappa National Sorority, the Honors College at WKU, WKU HonorsToppers (student ambassadors for the Honors College), and Order of Omega
- I am an avid Disney fan and participated in the Disney College Program during the Spring of 2014
- I have traveled to 35/50 states and my international travels include: Finland, Estonia, England, Scotland, Amsterdam, Ireland, Italy, and France
- Being born and raised in Kentucky, I am a HUGE University of Kentucky men’s basketball fan. Good season, bad season…I’m there for them all. #BBN