Travel photographer. World citizen. Lover of culture and humanity.
I boarded my first international flight when I was 18. I was young, naive and relatively clueless about the world. A door to the world was opened for me then and I was instantly hooked. I have since been crossing the International Date Line every chance I get. I’m happiest arriving in places unfamiliar to me, pushing the confines of my comfort zone, and connecting with people from vastly different cultures. While we live in a world of great diversity and difference – something I am addicted to both exploring and understanding – we also share many more similarities. I am always looking to find the places of our commonality.
For 20+ years I have traveled alone, boarding each flight with my camera, a journal (now a blog) and a sense of sheer adventure and anticipation. My travels have taken me to four continents and have opened my mind and heart in ways I never imagined. Travel truly is a gift and a privilege. What better way to expand one’s understanding of the world, embrace cultural diversity, and celebrate our common humanity.
This blog began as ‘GirlServesWorld’ in December 2010. I had just ended a longterm relationship, sold my house, quit my job in the legal field, and bought a ticket to Southeast Asia where I planned to volunteer with an anti-trafficking organization for five months. I ended up staying in Southeast Asia for three years and in that time worked with two anti-trafficking organizations, traveled to seven countries, and visited NGOs, GOs, shelters, and red light districts in every one of those countries. I met inspiring people from all over the world, learned the ups and downs of international development work and was exposed to the realities of human trafficking on the ground, a field wrought with over-sensationalism and misconceptions.
I very reluctantly made my way back to the US in late 2013. I was 12 weeks pregnant at the time and had decided for numerous reasons to give birth stateside. Repatriation knocked the wind right out of my sails. I never imagined it would be so difficult to reintegrate to a place so familiar, a place I once called home. With time, I eventually regained my footing, but never fully picked up where I left off and something always felt amiss. I longed for internationality, new horizons, places unfamiliar.
Once I adjusted to my new role as a mother, and my adorable son was travel-ready, we jet set once again. I rebranded my blog and gave it a new name, ‘Leap & The Net Will Appear.’ Because that’s exactly what we did. Lept. And trusted. First to the Caribbean and then onto our new residence in Morocco. Travel and international living, I knew fairly well. But doing it with a toddler in tow was an experiment. Lucky for me, my guy is a fearless adventurer. And I’m able to give him what I value most – a multicultural, international life, full of adventure. Thanks for joining us. Xo