I remember growing up oftentimes being overwhelmed by my desire to see the world… Inspired by everything from Japanese trinkets scattered throughout my childhood home from my parents’ years living abroad to the brilliant photography coming through in Patagonia’s monthly catalogs to learning foreign capitals when playing Carmen Sandiego, my dreams of adventure ebbed and flowed through years of teenage angst focused on more pressing concerns like middle school dances and passing Calculus.

The dream was always there however, patiently waiting, slowly taking form. After successfully blocking out the majority of my high school years, I was amused to recently find my Bellevue High senior yearbook. ‘Yes!’ I thought, ‘I’d completely forgotten my years in the Earth Club!’ quickly connecting the dots to what would be my extremely hippie-influenced college years in Bellingham, Washington followed by a five-year stint in the birthplace of hippie subculture, San Francisco, California. Even more telling though was my senior page quote, referencing a lyric of one of my favorite songs at the time: ‘All the world to see is too much sometimes for me.’ (Clearly I was both poignant and worldly beyond my years, even at age 17, but I digress…)

Fast forward fourteen years, through two universities, three cities, four jobs, and a handful of relationships… and I’m now ready. Standing at the intersection of purpose and opportunity, I’ve made the thoughtful decision to get this show on the road and see the world already. In two short weeks I’ll be packing up all my worldly possessions and leaving the amazing city of San Francisco to travel solo around the world for six months.

Scared/sad/excited beyond belief doesn’t even begin to cover the gamut of emotions I’ve been experiencing on an almost daily basis as I prepare for this adventure which, all considering, feels about right. I’m starting this blog to better keep in touch with family and friends back home and to share my journey with you all. Please follow along and don’t be shy in leaving comments! I’ll be thrilled to hear from each and every one of you.

xo Carrie