Flat where we stayed in one of my favorite cities – Paris

Hi – I’m glad you stopped by! I started this blog in 2010 and have always enjoyed writing. I wrote short stories in grade school with titles such as ‘I Heard a Small Voice Coming from the Blueberry Patch’, ‘A Day in the Life of a Shopping Cart’, ‘Foiled Again Fraud’, and ‘How my Short Shoelaces Saved my Life’. In high school, I wrote articles for the school newspaper. My work typically involves some type of writing and I also do freelance writing and editing.

I live in southern California with my husband Michael. We had two wonderful Labradors, Cain and Piper (brother and sister from the same litter). Cain passed away in 2009 – he was a big goofy, mama’s boy. Piper was with us for another two years and passed in 2011. See a tribute to Cain and Piper. After Piper passed, we became volunteer fosters with Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue in Phoenix and fostered 19 dogs in 1.5 years (meet our foster dogs). After getting settled in our new home in California, we adopted a beautiful Labrador named Indy from California Labradors Retrievers and More.

I work in the information technology field and do freelance website design for small businesses.

But this blog is not about work stuff – it is about fun stuff like travel, art, history, jewelry, and wine. I’m a big animal-lover: from cuddly pooches at the dog park to mischievous monos (monkeys) in Costa Rica to dangerous beasts in Africa.

Did I say travel?  I’m really, really, really into travel. My mother got me started at age 7 when we spent a summer living in Guadalajara, Mexico.  In high school, I worked several part-time jobs to finance a two-week trip to Spain with my Spanish class.  Spain continued to call to me, so I returned for a summer study program in college. Since then I’ve journeyed to Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, South America, Central America, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean. In 2013, Michael and I went on an 8.5 month trip around the world – really. Check out our travel blog >

I have been involved in community service for many years and have volunteered with several non profit organizations. Currently, I am the volunteer Webmaster for a tourism NGO in Uganda, Community Based Tourism Initiative. After volunteering for COBATI for a few years, I finally got to visit Uganda during the world trip and meet everyone. It was an incredible experience! Read the Uganda blog post >

In addition to the fun stuff, this blog will feature things that inspire. Here are some things that inspire me:
• People who have overcome adversity;
• Organizations and people who help others;
• Innovators who bring us cool new ideas.

What inspires you?

Thanks again for stopping by! I hope you can take a few moments to leave a comment and share your thoughts on some of the blog posts.