Hi, I’m Jessica! I like to do things that scare me. It’s why I travel solo. It’s why I teach. It’s why I rock climb and summit mountains. It’s why I put my thoughts on paper and share them with the world.
Because in every experience there is growth, and in every conquered fear there is tremendous reward.
Since I strive to lead a life worth writing about (and hopefully inspire a few others along the way), this blog is a space for me to do just that. Here you will find stories about adventure travel, teaching English abroad and outdoor pursuits.
Travel, for me, is synonymous with adventure. I’ve eaten turtle soup in Cambodia, been stranded on the roadside and left to hitchhike in both Thailand and Cuba, couch surfed across northern India alone, and crashed on a motorcycle in Colombia. While some stories on this blog might be better read as a “How NOT To…” article, I believe even bad experiences make great stories, and of course there is always a lesson to be learned.
This blog started as a place for me to document my ESL teaching explorations in Thailand and China — jobs which built a platform that helped me earn the competitive opportunity to teach freshmen composition as a graduate student at Colorado State University. It was a fun challenge and I took it head on. In one year I had managed to convert a few students to writing fields, and to inspire a few more to travel.
Guess which excited me more?
I now help others achieve their dreams of teaching English abroad via Teach English: ESL, where I sell personally-vetted and internationally accredited TEFL certification courses with job placement in Thailand, Costa Rica and Nicaragua (and growing!).
I’m an advocate for traditional education (I hold a M.A. in English/creative nonfiction and a B.A. in journalism), but I believe I’ve learned more about the world and my place in it by immersing myself in other cultures.
That first one-way ticket to Thailand continues to change my life in ways I could never have imagined when I waved goodbye to those who love me, fear for me and encourage me. That country captured my heart, but since then so many more have vied for a place in it and I’m finding that there is more than enough space in each of our hearts for an entire world full of love.
Sidenote: All the photos on this blog are mine, unless otherwise mentioned. Please ask before using.