Welcome to my blog:)
A Ginger Away
I’m a 25 year old faux ginger posing as a travel blogger. Writing and social media are not my forte. This blog is basically me navigating the blog world while also trying to hold myself accountable with regards to my travel goals. I feel like blogging the planing process will make plans seem more concrete and will therefore light a fire under me to accomplish my goals.
So, my About Me. Here it goes…
I grew up in a small town in Indiana. The kind where you’ve been in class with the same people since pre-k, your health teacher was your dad’s health teacher in high school, and the only thing to do on a Friday night is to watch the football game. Growing up in a small town had it’s advantages and disadvantages. While I relished the nature and being part of a tight knit community, I detested the small world view people had and the unwillingness to change or roam outside their comfort zone.
It’s a place where you can get trapped. Trapped by familiarity, the expectation to stay put, and the pressure to conform to what everyone else thinks is the right way to live.
I felt trapped. After graduating high school I tried to branch out but found myself being held back by my town, my high school sweetheart, and my fear of taking initiative. I went to school in a different state, but not far from home. I limited myself because I thought that my life plan should be graduate, marry hometown boy, move back to hometown, and pop out kids.
I found myself thinking, ‘this was what everyone else’s plan is. This should be good enough for me.’
In college, I signed up for social service trips that took place over spring break. My first trip being in Jamaica, working with a rural nonprofit. That was where the travel bug bit me. I realized that my worldview had been so limited. Suddenly, just because I had been brave enough to step outside my comfort zone, I became a part of a community I never thought possible. Once I came back, I craved going back and subsequently travelled to Jamaica every summer for two weeks each summer during my break from college. During spring break I travelled with school, assigned to a new service project every year. Each time I travelled I felt myself become more connected to the people around me, more aware of myself and my desires, and become more fearless.
After college though, I was lost. I was stuck feeling like I couldn’t make it by. I was struggling to find a job that made me happy and also paid the bills and felt stuck in my current city. I became discontent. I started waiting for life to happen to me. I didn’t know how to make my life outside of the mold that was my hometown. I was stuck in an unhappy relationship waiting to be told what to do, how to live. I was just waiting for life. I wasn’t happy. I struggled to get out of bed. I struggled to get by on my non-profit salary. My dreams of seeing the world had become an unattainable delusion.
I wish I could say something inspired me. That would make for a better story but after realizing the extent of my unhappiness, and the end of a emotionally taxing relationship, I started making changes to control of my life.
I realized that life wasn’t going to happen to me and I had to be the driving force in achieving the life I desired. I started figuring out what in my life I didn’t like and sought ways to improve those aspects.
As a result, I ended up moving to a new city and changing my career path. I’m constantly reevaluating my life and my happiness. I do this, not to drive myself crazy, but to make sure I never become discontented again. I never want to feel stuck in my own life. I do things because I want to. I make decisions based on what I want. I, no longer, put others’ desires or expectations before my own health and happiness.
So, I have decided to travel the world. That’s I what I want to do. So, I’m gonna do it;)
And I don’t have to ask for anyone’s permission.