Like any other person in their mid-twenties, I am just trying to find the path in life that suits me best, all while trying to balance the at times contradictory pulls of paying bills, pursuing dreams and keeping up with my hobbies which include playing guitar, going to the beach, planning my next adventure, and writing about it all, of course.
Life’s latest phase has me living in San Diego’s coastal community of Pacific Beach where I have been working at the ‘International Surfing Association,’ managing the marketing and media behind Surfing’s upcoming debut in the Olympic Games. I know what you’re thinking, seems like my dream job, and I would say that at this stage in life it probably is, but just like any job it’s a job with a desk, a computer, and it’s typical ups and downs. Regardless of the ‘downs’, this job has taken me around the world to nine countries on four continents and introduced me to a great deal of amazing people, so I’d say I am a happy camper for now.
I grew up in the quiet surf town of Santa Cruz, California where I unsurprisingly developed a love for the ocean and nature. Surfing, skimboarding, snowboarding, volleyball, hiking and playing music defined my childhood and are passions that still stick with me today. When I was 18 I headed south to San Diego in pursuit of warmer weather and an education. I attended San Diego State University to study International Business, finishing my degree off with a year-long study abroad program in Chile.
As I enter the first phase of adult life, I have gained a passion for learning languages and traveling, which perhaps has molded my life more than anything else. After hosting Italian exchange students in 2009, I discovered a dormant desire to learn languages and travel the world. I stopped studying Spanish and enrolled in Italian classes, eventually heading off to Italy in my first trip off the continent. Long story short, somehow I ended up fluent in Spanish and can hardly speak Italian anymore, but the love of learning languages and traveling has stuck with me ever since. I have found that learning a language gives you a special insight into a culture and its people that is difficult to achieve without it.
One of my main mottos is to be the change you want to see in the world. It sounds overly cliché and simple, but it could not be more true. Don’t think that you are too small to make a difference because if we all have that mindset, nothing would ever change.
I formed this blog to take a stab at writing, which I have discovered that I am quite fond of after writing countless press releases at work. I figure this is a great way to document my life through my stories and thoughts.