I’m Jen, a 40-something living in St. Louis. I’m a midwesterner by birth, a global citizen by choice.
I didn’t grow up traveling but was hooked after a trip to New York City in my undergrad years to see a then boyfriend. When I was in grad school, I actually had a boyfriend start an argument with me because, as he said, “you love New York more than you love me.”
I didn’t think much about it at the time (other than the fact that I needed to get out of that relationship), but he was definitely on to something.
Traveling does not solely define me as a person, but the lessons I have learned from being abroad greatly affect how I live my life on a day-to-day basis.
I’ve realized that I don’t need a lot to be happy, and I’d much rather spend my money on experiences than material objects, so I live quite minimally.
I’m genuinely curious and love learning about people, different cultures, art, music, etc. This has led me through five degrees (two bachelor’s, two master’s, and a Ph.D.), over 40 countries, and too many books to count. One of my favorite aspects of writing is interviewing people and hearing their stories.
I worked hard to land a tenure-track academic position, only to realize that I didn’t love the work. The schedule was great, as were the students, but I wanted more freedom in my writing.
My dissertation research on girls’ education in India ignited a passion in me for global and local social issues.
I’m a single parent.
I drink too much coffee and love hanging out at coffee shops.
I have eclectic tastes ranging from opera to Bob Marley, high end art galleries to hole-in-the-wall pubs.
I wish I took better photos.
I’m naturally a happy person and really try to live each day to the fullest.
I’m trying to learn Spanish (futile attempt).
I love Indian food.
Mexico City is my new favorite city (Paris, being my other).
Yellow Scarf and a Suitcase is where I chronicle my travels, my attempts to live more intentionally, and my quest to become location independent.
Follow along. I promise it’ll be an adventure.
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WHERE I’VE BEEN