|In Ireland on the family's homeland|
|I have lived in over 10 towns in 10 years.|
I used savings, vacations and weekends to explore unique, beautiful, and exotic lands. These adventures included a road trip around Newfoundland with my best girl friends. I explored my family's roots by driving through Ireland with my parents and sister. Travel took me to hiking, kayaking, and rafting in New Zealand with my best friend.
|Exploring Arches on a Xcountry drive|
I traveled to islands Prince Edward Island and Grand Manan with my sister, New York City/Boston with my parents, and even went horseback riding in Baja California with my college roommates. Cross-country moves have taken me on a cross country drive three times and there is still so much I want to explore in this continent and beyond. I love this country, and I find enjoyment in travel. I've used this desire to see all I can to overcome my fears of the unknown. It has made me a stronger and more well rounded person.
Work and Play
|Me and my students|
I then committed much of my twenties to marine science as a student and researcher. I fought seasickness, crabby fishermen, and freezing spray as a marine fisheries observer in New England. I buzzed around Mission Bay, San Diego collecting specimens and data. I won an award from the university for my "Outstanding Undergraduate Research" on heavy metal toxins in Mission Bay.
|White water rafting with Leanne in New Zealand|
I spent much of my play time exploring the outdoors, developing my writing skills, and practicing my musical talents.
I have hiked over mountains, canoed across lakes, kayaked around islands, and rock climbed up cliffs.
|The cast of my play|
I most recently added to my love of play and teamwork by joining organized coed sports teams. It was scary at first, but I've developed a love for indoor soccer and indoor volleyball.
In my spare time, I learned how to rock climb, cross country ski, scuba dive, kayak, play the ukulele, and backpack. I performed scientific research, ran a marathon, published articles, wrote a play and directed it, got a bachelors and masters degree, and managed to get out of all of it without debt. I'm proud of my accomplishments. I believe my ability to focus on a goal, push myself to surpass it, and the support of those around me has allowed me to succeed.
― William Shakespeare
In my twenties, I found "the one"
Whale Camp Friends
Amazing middle school coworkers
As I finish my twenties, here's my last piece of advice for those who are crossing the threshold into theirs.
1. Take healthy risks - in careers, adventures, travel, and skills. It's scary, but the more and more you try it, the stronger and more interesting you'll become.
|Love your 20s!|
3. Make wonderful friends and develop strong relationships. Be caring, respectful, and be on time to your commitments with them.
4. Be open minded. Don't look down on others because of their choices. We are all trying are hardest with what we got.
5. Respect your body. Respect your feelings. Leave behind those who don't.
6. Make goals and hold yourself to them.
8. Document your experiences. You'll want to look back at those photos and diary entries.
9. Love. It's the meaning of life.
10. Laugh. You'll live longer.
See you in my thirties...