Wednesday, August 8, 2012

My "Pins" on a World Map

Travel is one of my passions. Anyone who comes to my house and work office would know that from the dozen pieces of world memorabilia sprinkled on every surface. I have six wooden monkeys from Costa Rica linked together that hang from a curtain rod, two watercolor paintings of the tranquil Serbian countryside and a stately bust of King Tut that I bought in Egypt, which regally sits on top of a bookcase, to name only a few.
Myself & a friend on a cruise to Mexico

The most noticeable feature of my office though by far is the large world map containing the “infamous” colored tacks which mark where I have been and where I would like to go. Over the years, I've changed quite a few of the tacks from going to gone.

One of my mottos is a quote by St. Augustine: "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page." I want to make sure I've read my fair share of its pages. Several people have encouraged me to create this blog. Yes, it will mainly be about travel, because it's a large part of my life. But it will also be about the random hobbies I pursue, profiles of fascinating people I meet, crazy endeavors of my career and a whole lot of other things I deem interesting...and I hope you do too.

Mostly what you will find on this blog will be columns that I have written and published in our local small town newspaper, where I am the reporter/photographer. I really enjoy my job. I mean who do you know that gets to go to library storytime, brush shoulders with mayors and the governor, go on drug busts with local law enforcement, enjoy free train rides and luncheons, attend etiquette and art class, be in the sideline action at sporting events, head backstage at concerts...and it's all part of their job. Yep, it's pretty great. God has blessed me so much!

In my work office with my world map in background
To quickly explain about me...I call myself "reckless cautious." I am an adventurous person, but I also a planner. It's really a contradiction. I enjoy planning elaborate trips, but I also love spontaneous opportunities and the times that plans fall through the cracks. A lot of people call me reckless for traveling across the world and country by myself to meet up with people I barely know, but I call it reckless with limited risk because I always take the safest approach in a given situation with an air of caution, a head full of logic and the thrill of adventure.
My office map: all the pink pins are where I've been :)
Well for the people who do know me and for the ones who do not, I hope you enjoy accompanying me on my past adventures and on the many more I have to come as I add more pins and "pens" to my world map...

Holiday in the Badlands and Mt. Rushmore

Camel Trekking in the Middle East

Road Trip down the Mother Road

Scuba Diving in the Caribbean

Acting up in Jolly Ole England

Meeting Country Music Stars in Vegas


  1. I LOVE IT. I knew you'd choose the perfect title. It's you. Can't wait for more articles. Wonderful job.

  2. So glad to see you actually did this!!! I look forward to keeping up with your reckless rationale of exquisite excursions in far away lands as well as humerous home town mayhem!!! Love you! Aunt Teressa

  3. haha!!! love ur comment Aunt Teressa!!! :) thank you! you helped push me to do this! And thanks to Miss Anne Lott! you made this happen! :)