Salutations! I’m so happy you decided to check out my blog. Join me as I begin to explore the (possibly cliche) post-grad life and the world of 20-somethings. A little context on me to start: I grew up on the plains in a very small town located in Northwest Kansas. My hometown has a population of 250, and I love my rural background. I spent the past six years in the comparatively larger town of Manhattan, Kansas for the beginning of my collegiate and professional careers. Recently, I continued my journey in the realm of Student Affairs and recruiting by taking a position as a coordinator and moving to Colorado. This flatlander is currently enjoying her mountain backdrop! As I’ve been nearing my quarter-century mark, I realized that my trips around the sun were shaped by so many things in my life, but mostly by people and places.
- I inherited a travel gene from my grandparents. It might have been candy from Greece or a story from New Zealand or coins from Brazil — in any form, I loved learning about their travels. From a young age, I became enamored with the concept of wanderlust. I’ve realized that learning about new cultures, trying new foods, and simply exploring something brand new really fuels me.
- My study abroad experience in 2013 took me to Stirling, Scotland. I visited many places across Scotland and traveled to London while there.
- I traveled for two weeks with a close friend after my classes were over to Prague, a small village & vineyard community in Switzerland, and Paris.
- In the Summer of 2016, I had the best two weeks traveling with my baby sister across the British Isles. We visited Dublin, Cardiff, Oxford, and Edinburgh (because I obviously have an addiction to Scotland).
- On my list for future travels – Iceland, Italy, Jerusalem, Argentina, and more of the United States (I’ve been East and West but there’s so much to see!)
- My mother gave me a deep love of the written word. As soon as I was able to walk, she read The Secret Garden aloud to me every year during my childhood. Growing up, my best friends were books that covered the shelves — fairytales, Little Women, and a strong obsession with Harry Potter that has followed me throughout my days.
- I dual-majored in English Literature and Psychology in college. My passion for people and words has followed me all my life.
- My favorite college courses included Harry Potter in Context, The Psychology of Language, and The Bible as Literature. And yes, I received a real grade on my transcript for a Harry Potter graduate-level class.
- Coffee. I could write an ode to coffee (and that might be a future post). My father is a third generation Kansas wheat farmer. Every morning starts with a warm cup of black coffee, and we share this addiction proudly.
- I have three beautiful, crazy younger sisters. They are truly my best friends and have given me so much in life. I spent so much time with them while growing up, and it has truly been a blessing watching them navigate this world. As the years pass, they teach me more than I could even write on this page. We love laughing, Apples to Apples, and Gilmore Girls. My faith has grown in ways I didn’t think possible because of them. Their hearts for service and passion for Jesus have fueled my own, and I celebrate their strong beliefs.
- Over the years, learning has become something I’ve valued in a way I can’t even begin to measure. I graduated from a small town high school with 12 others in my grade, and I am so grateful for my rural education. After high school, I continued the family tradition and became a Kansas State Wildcat! It was fate (I came home from the hospital as an infant in a K-State onesie), and I loved my time as a student at one of the happiest college campuses in the nation. My professional career started on K-State’s campus with recruiting. Now, I’m working for another university on a few different initiatives for enrollment management. I have such an appreciation for higher education that came from many mentors I gained in the professional realm.
- “Hostess with the Mostest” – my dream mantra. I’m slightly kidding, but I’ve always admired those who have the ability to make others feel at ease. My grandmother was the ultimate hostess when I was growing up. From tea parties to Christmas Open House, she was incredible at bringing people together and celebrating any occasion. I especially love that she had this talent outside of her home. It was truly her goal in any setting to make people feel comfortable. I strive for this every day, from cooking to random conversations with new people I encounter.
- I’m not entirely sure if a specific person or place inspired this love in me, but from a young age, I have always been fascinated with storytelling. Books and poetry, as I mentioned above, will always be special to me. Growing up, I loved watching theater and ballet. Art in any form has always captured my attention. I enjoy visiting museums to see different collections or listening to a local acoustic band play with unique emotion. Photography, especially while traveling, is another one of my interests. I adore capturing a moment. Once I read a quote that captured the essence of travel photography for me. “I fall in love with almost every person I photograph. I want to hear each story. I want to get close. This is personal for me.”
In a way, storytelling is truly why I started this blog in the beginning. Writing, exploring, photography — it’s all incredibly personal for me. I love connecting with this big world and truly feeling like I am part of something bigger than just my own self. My journey is constantly changing an evolving. While I might have grown up in a very rural area, and I consider myself blessed to have had many opportunities to expand my horizons. My words here began as a celebration of those who always want to grow and learn, and the world-renowned dancer Martha Graham really did say it best.
“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, not how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is on a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.”
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