For the first 20 years of my life, I wanted to be an actress or a director. I was addicted to anything and everything theatrical, and couldn't imagine a life not spent on the stage. How romantic to be a starving artist in New York City.... This all changed when I studied abroad in New Zealand and got the travel bug. And I got it bad. Suddenly not sure what I wanted to do with my life, I realized that the only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to travel. So upon graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in Drama & the Studies of Women and Gender, I backpacked around the world for 10 1/2 months. I thought that I would then settle down in the Washington, DC area - my home turf - but realized that it was just not meant to be when I started to get itchy feet again after three weeks home. Within three months, I was on a flight to Costa Rica to teach English for a year in a small town called La Estrella del Guarco. It was the most difficult and most rewarding year of my life. After being out of the country for a good part of two years, it was finally time to put down some roots...at least for awhile. I earned my MA in International Development from American University while interning for Women Thrive Worldwide and working for the National Democratic Institute. Work took me to Honduras, Mexico and Indonesia, but after three years living the domestic life, it was time to hit the road again. This time with a...gasp...boyfriend by my side. Together we spent a month in Nepal trekking to Everest Base Camp and two months in India traveling and volunteering. And now we have moved to Leadville, CO to live the rural America life for a year while skiing and doing the things we've always wanted to do.