CHASING THE MAP

About Me

So what does a 40’s something, married mother of two decide to do?

Change course.

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Like many of you, I’ve had a variety of office jobs throughout my life. Those jobs helped pay the bills, but left me feeling unfulfilled. I’m not a 9 to 5, sit in a cubicle kind of girl. Not by a long shot.

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Thirteen years ago, my husband and I decided that after having our second child, it made sense for me to be a stay-at-home mom and raise our children. Why spend a substantial amount of your salary to have someone else rear your kids, when you can tighten the purse strings and do it yourself? Not only that, but I WANTED to be home with my children. I’ve never missed one of their activities or sporting events, I’m home when they arrive home from school, and I’m plugged in to what’s going on in their lives. I take great pride in this.

But the kids are getting older, and as I began to have more time on my hands, it became important to rediscover what my personal passion was and to embrace and nurture it.

That’s where this travel blog comes in.

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I love to write. It’s always been something I’ve felt very passionate about. I’ve done some freelance work and editing in the past. I came to the conclusion that although my writing is very versatile, I wanted to focus my energies on my second love, travel.

I’m an island girl to my core. This is where you will often find my heart pulling me. I also love adventure and experiencing the unknown, so I’m not always just lounging around on the beach!

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I’ve had a deep love for travel for as long as I can remember. Growing up, it was mostly trips to the coast of Maine, or outings around New England. I never traveled out of mainland USA until my 26th birthday, which happened to coincide with my honeymoon. Vieques Island, Puerto Rico, stole my heart. Since then, I’ve never looked back.

Balancing family life and travel can be challenging. I’m not a “young” woman with few responsibilities, who’s able to backpack around Europe or spend months at a time on a beach in Thailand. I haven’t been to 27 countries. Right now, that’s not a lifestyle that I can sustain.

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What you will, see, however, is that I’m passionate about the places I do visit. I write individual pieces about where I’ve been, what I’ve eaten, or who I’ve met. I’m not a “foodie” or a restaurant critic. I’m just a real person trying to intimate my personal experiences in my own, authentic voice.

Welcome! I hope that you enjoy the journey as much as I do.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Barbara C Guinan

    I am sooooo excited for you, Vicky! It sounds like you have found your calling! Can’t wait to read more!
    Keep traveling and have fun,
    Barbara

  2. Greg

    Wow, Vicky, this is so cool. After going through half your blog I finally read your About page. Lol. Bravo! for you. So are you just traveling around on your own? Sounds like the recent visit to Vieques was without husband and was an extended stay. Traveling on your own is an adventure all by itself sometimes.
    Keep it up! Bookmarking your site for the adventures to come ?

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