It’s happening! I’m going on another adventure! That isn’t to say that the past 4 years of my life at Toisnot MS haven’t been full of adventures, it certainly has been! But, as you probably already know, traveling the world has been an interest of mine that I haven’t been able to entertain due to the nature of my jobs recently. You also probably know how much THIS adventure, specifically, is exciting for me on so many levels. It’s been a lot of work and a lot of waiting for the timing to work out, and despite all the time and energy spent I’m still in disbelief that it’s actually happening.

Now, let me point out the purpose of this blog. Yes, it is intended to keep my family, friends, and colleagues up to date on my adventure. It’s a way to stay in touch with people that I will no longer see every day at school, every weekend at Carolina Gold, or that I live 10 minutes away from and can visit regularly. However, I know that you all have lives and I don’t expect anyone to follow this religiously. I won’t ever ‘apologize to my readers’ or any of that because, at the end of the day, this is just a journal. The main purpose of this blog is for ME so that I can look back and reflect on these events in detail. I have a terrible long-term memory… this is my only chance to really live my adventure and have a chance to remember it in 10 years. Even as I looked back on posts from China and working at Busch Gardens I found myself feeling as if I was reading things for the first time… and these are things I WROTE! I say all of that to ALSO say that this blog is not a replacement for talking to people I love. Whether you’re my family, a member of Carolina Gold, or one of my Toisnot babies, reading my blog is only one half of keeping in touch. Please leave comments, call me, send me messages, e-mails, anything that will keep me genuinely in touch with you and keep us relevant in each others’ lives.

That being said, please enjoy my posts. I’ll work to keep them as honest and detailed as possible. My posts in the past have included a variety of experiences… from my most thrilling adventures to my most intimate internal struggles… new adventures are exciting, but I’m definitely starting to feel the anxiety of diving head first into something new after so many years of comfortable routine. Feel free to scroll past the rough days, or browse through just for the pictures, whatever. I’m glad you’re here!


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