So you want to know a little more about me, do you?
My name is Samantha, but most call me Sammie. I have a constant case of wanderlust. For my entire life, I have dreamed about taking a year or two to travel the world. Until recently, I always made excuses as to why I couldn’t. I need to graduate, find a job, and pay off my loans first. What if I’m in a relationship? I don’t have enough money. I’ll miss my family and friends too much. I’ll lose the potential to move up on the corporate ladder. The excuses were endless. One night in January I read a post on Instagram that changed my life. Why not, the post said? Yes, why not?
I emailed my parents the next morning about my plans to take a year off, travel the world, and to write a book. My dad said, “Why not two years?” Since that day, I have committed to working towards my dream. I got a second job as a waitress and I started this blog! Read the full story of my discovery here.
So, what will you be reading? Bits and pieces of my life: memories from my first love and how I dealt with, and am still dealing with the heart break, my adventures and/or my daydreaming about my next adventure, post-grad life lessons such as living on very little money, dating, being okay with being alone, stories about waitressing and about living with my best friend.
I hope to connect with you. I hope my words touch you. I hope they make you feel encouraged, happy, or not-so-alone.
So, stick around. Or even better yet, introduce yourself in the comments or send me an email! I want to hear about your experiences, too! You’re guaranteed to bring a smile to my face, or maybe even a tear to my eye.
My ideal day is a combination of the following things: waking up early, but without an alarm, drinking coffee on the deck in the cool morning air, an adventure, whether it be hiking a new trail, checking out a new town or a new part of town, taking a trip to a new city, etc., reading in a coffee shop, finding a hole-in-the-wall book store and buying as many books that fit in my arms, walking the dog(s), and making dinner with my best friend.
If I didn’t have bills, the entirety of my paycheck would go to traveling/adventuring and books. And maybe a few pairs of shoes here and there.
I am imperfect. I am loud, opinionated, selfish, impatient, and stubborn. I am crabby when I haven’t had my coffee and when I am hungry. I don’t like sharing my food. I hate cleaning and paying bills. I am sarcastic, so often that I often have to clarify that I am being sincere. I am still putting the pieces of my heart back together and am wary of love.
But I am also passionate and in love with life. I care so deeply about the people that I love that I find myself shedding tears when I think about my life without them. I treat animals like humans. I get sad when I think about all the books I will be unable to read and all the places I will be unable to see before I die. I live for adventure.
I buy stacks of greeting cards without anyone specific in mind. I just love them.
I can count my immediate blood relatives on two hands: mom, dad, brother, aunt, aunt, cousin, cousin, cousin.
I rather be outside. Reading, eating, drinking wine, walking, hiking, running, sleeping. I rather it be outside.
The winter infuriates me because it keeps me inside and because there is less sun. My mood is wildly affected by the sun. I don’t know if I’d go as far as saying I have SAD, but I feel noticeably more calm and happy on sunny days.
I love sweets, but not candy. Whereas my best friend loves sour gummy worms and such things, I prefer brownies and pie and chocolate chip cookies.
I love dogs. I talk to dogs as I would a person. I am that person who stops you on the street to ask if I can pet your dog. I could be in the middle of a fight, see a dog, and my voice will suddenly become a high-pitched, girly thing and I will completely forget about what I was just yelling about.
I’ve been told that I have a great, infectious laugh. I’ve also been told my laugh is annoying. So I guess it’s subjective. I know for a fact that my laugh is loud and without restraint.
I have a terrible voice, but that doesn’t stop me from belting every Taylor Swift and 90s alternative song that come on the radio.
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