Hi, I’m Monica.
I’m in that stage of my life (never-ending, as I’ve heard) where I don’t know what I want to do. I know I what I want, basically. I want to travel, have a loving family, do something exciting and creative, and inspire and/or help others in some way or another. I’m content with where I am in life, but not enough to let it go. I have a thirst for something new and exciting, and I don’t think it will ever go away.
I’m in my early 20’s, a Californian girl. Raised in Socal, schooled in Norcal, with Guatemalan origins sprinkled on top. I attained my BA degree in Psychology at University of California, Berkeley. I have a vast amount of interests so I can’t see myself focusing on this one career for the rest of my life; and I’m starting to realize that that’s okay. My current track is a Doctorates degree in Physical Therapy. I have a ton of interests but the highlight of my week is escaping from studying to go surf for a couple hours. Besides that, school, and work: blogging, reading and learning about my interests are my hobbies.
My heart tells me I need to see as much of the world as I can. I used to read stories of travel and adventure and hear people talk about new lands and I always wanted to be one of them. I remember talking to a neighbor while we walked our dogs and he told me he just came back from Peru.
“Why did you go?” I asked.
And he replied, “Well, I was feeling down, I wanted something new, and I knew that I could do it. So, on a whim, I did.”
And that was one of the most inspiring things I’ve heard. I was afraid that I could never do it back then. Not enough money, didn’t know how to plan it, didn’t know what to do, no one to go with etc. After my trip to Israel, I realized how stupid my thinking was, and I began doing it!
I went on a trip to Israel and backpacked alone for the first time of my life when I was 19. That experience changed my life, and ever since then I have been bitten by the big fat juicy wanderlust bug. In January 2013 I took another solo backpacking trip to Costa Rica and fell in love with the land and culture and the ability to do whatever I wanted as long as I saved up enough money. In June of 2013, I applied for an internship in Dublin, Ireland, and spent my summer in Europe, backpacking solo before and after the internship.
I want to travel as much as I can before I die. I love meeting people on the road and getting to know their stories. I love looking at things from a new angle, and really appreciating the dirty streets or shining buildings as if I wasn’t from this planet. Traveling reminds me that I can do that–anywhere. My blog was made to share my adventures with whoever is interested in them. If you are in anyway enticed, please come along and join me. 🙂
Oh, and I have a dog named Frodo.