Originally from rural Tennessee, I had a pretty average life growing up. I lived in a small town where everyone knew each other, went to school with the same kids since kindergarten, was an avid soccer player and dreamed of one day being a meteorologist (okay, maybe this part isn’t average).

But that all changed when I was 18. I moved to Panama to spend my freshman year of college studying abroad and, for the first time, experienced life is outside of the Tennessee bubble I was born and raised in. I immersed myself in a new culture and language, ate foods I couldn’t identify, became friends with people from across the world and, most importantly, discovered passions I never knew I had. My life was forever changed and I knew there was no going back.

Since then, my life has taken me across the world, from backpacking through Latin America and Southeast Asia, to studying in Florida and England, to working in Germany and South Korea and, most recently, serving in the United States Peace Corps in Nepal. I just completed my master’s degree and am so excited to be starting a career combining my passions for meteorology and international development to help people in developing countries live stronger, more resilient lives.

People are always asking me to keep them updated on what I’m doing in life, which is hard when time zones, busy schedules, and a dozen different SIM cards are involved. So this blog is a way for me to keep people updated, share my experiences and write about topics I’m passionate about.