I am a full-time writer and blogger based in St. Louis. After working in academia for many years, I decided to pursue my passions of writing and traveling, and I haven’t looked back since.

My time in academia was spent conducting research on girls’ education in Cambodia and India. I loved doing this research, but more than that, I loved sharing the stories of the people I met throughout my travels. It was through this work that I realized that I am a storyteller.

I’m particularly interested in sustainable tourism because I think we have the potential to affect change through our travels if we are a little more mindful about how we travel.

Traveling has been instrumental in opening up my worldview. I grew up in a small town in Central Illinois and never traveled as a kid. It wasn’t until after graduate school that I took my first trip out of the country, and last count I’ve been to 35+ countries. I travel a lot on my own but also bring my kids along as much as possible. My 15-year-old daughter loves traveling, but my 11-year-old son does not. Needless to say that makes for some interesting travel experiences.

I’ve always been a dreamer and a wanderer. I’m curious and sometimes this makes me a little restless. I’m an avid reader, a coffee addict, and a wavering runner. I find enjoyment in the small things in life and am always exploring. There’s a whole world out there for us to explore. All we have to do is take the first step out our front door.

Let’s get exploring!

– j


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6 thoughts on “Me”

  • Amelie is a great movie, one I watch over and over. I love your blog – such a clever idea. I’m an English teacher, so I love that your reading or rereading all the classics, many of which I have never read. Best of luck on your project; I’ll be keeping tabs on you through your blog. Best!

  • I’m nominating you for the Blogger Recognition Award! Congrats! 🙂 My post will go live tomorrow (July 31st, 9pm IST) at All the guidelines will be posted at the bottom of the post. Congrats again!

  • Hi Jen!
    We saw that you visited china only once  If you come across with the opportunity to visit this old Portuguese colony named Macau let us know! We would love to show U around.

    • Thanks for the message. I spent time Macau when I was in Hong Kong back in 2010. Is that where you live? It is such a cool place.

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