Recently, I was nominated for the Liebster Award from fellow Equestrian Adventuress, Janine Whyte from the Indiananeeners Globe Trotting Cowgirl. I first started my blog back in 2017 with not much knowledge or information about blogging. In fact, I had been avoiding blogging and starting a website for years. Sure, I was traveling since 2010 and all my friends would mention the idea to me, but for some reason I was always put off by the idea of blogging. I thought it was too personal and I didn’t really want to put my travels in public light just then. Instead I turned my writing talents towards writing for magazines around the world and various media outlets. I’ve always loved writing but didn’t know where to start to make an actual career out of it. I was also completely busy with my work with horses. Anyone that’s worked in the equestrian industry knows that it eats up 6 days a week of your life from sunrise to sunset (on good days) and I simply didn’t have the time or energy to focus on making a blog.
But two years ago I hit a pivotal moment in my life. I was tired of killing my body and myself working in the equestrian field for others. I didn’t want to work a job ever again. If I was going to build any one’s reputation, it would be my own and if I was going to earn any one money, it would be me. So I took matters into my own hands and scooted off to Bali to rethink my life. In that time I came up with the idea and tools for how to set up my very own online business and website and put it on the burners, waiting for the opportunity to make it happen.
It wasn’t until late last year around November 2017 that I finally took action and made it happen. Now I offer online courses, I have blogs sharing some of my highs and lows of travels and I have made a lot more contacts and connections online because of my website. It is slowly but surely gaining more and more success and I am glad I took the chance to start this new adventure! I look forward to continuing to see where this newfound journey takes me and I thank everyone who has supported me and followed along on my travels and reached out to me.
So, here are the questions for the Liebster Award, asked to me from the Globe Trotting Cowgirl:
Ten Random Facts about Me:
- I am not a foodie. At all.
- I can speak Egyptian Arabic, some Romanian and I used to be pretty good at Hindi (though it’s nearly gone by now!)
- I prefer driving a Manual car than an automatic. Either side of the road / car is fine by me.
- I don’t like rules. I feel most at home in countries where I can make my own rules.
- I’ve travelled to the same countries at least twice, often times multiple times. I love to visit and revisit the same places because it feels like visiting “home” in a way since its so familiar to me.
- I hate guns.
- I’ve been blacklisted from a country before.
- Although I’m married for a year now, I still travel solo.
- One of my pet peeves is when someone makes excuses for why they can’t do something. If I want something to happen in my life, I can see no reason for that thing to not happen and so I just let it happen or I make it happen.
- My favorite color is pink but only for the past couple of years. I used to be a big tomboy and rejected the color pink because I thought it made me appear too feminine and girly. After working and living in male dominated for countries for so long I realized that being feminine and girly (while still a bad ass) is actually a GOOD THING! I now want EVERYTHING in PINK. Which is probably why my husband and I have two pink cars. (Poor guy.)
Janine’s Questions for me…
- As accomplished dream achievers now, what advice would you give to your younger self embarking on your first great adventure?
- If Hollywood came knocking and decided to make a movie about your life, who would play you and why?
- What’s the most bizarre and strange situation you’ve ever found yourself in?
- What do you think is the hardest thing about travelling?
Loneliness can be another tricky thing to cope with, since I was traveling solo. The few times I tried to date never seemed to work because I was always on the move and long distance relationships never worked for me. I became very comfortable being with myself and actually, moments before meeting my future husband, I was pretty convinced I was going to spend my life solo for the rest of my days.
- What is your greatest fear?
- How greatly do reviews of places such as hotels, restaurants, national parks etc. influence your decision to visit?
- List your top three most magical traveling or life experiences.
Getting invited to Bhutan to live and work there for a month in order to help develop the first and only riding program in the entire country was awesome. It was even more awesome returning five years later with my husband and a group I had organized to show this special country to on horseback!
Driving a shitty car from England to Mongolia was pretty Epic. Not to mention its sort of how I met my husband! Plus, any excuse to go to Mongolia is a pretty good excuse.
- Which do you prefer, sunrise or sunset?
- What is your motto for life?
- What’s your top five tips for saving money to follow your dreams?
- If you could be born into a different country and culture than your own, what would it be and why?
Here are my nominations for the Liebster Award:
- Isabel Wolf-Gillespie from Riding for Horses . She is a fellow Equestrian Adventuress who has crossed South Africa on horseback with her husband! I also admire her work trying to raise awareness for animal welfare.
- Ella Rak from Cowgirl In Cameroon . She is an American cowgirl working in the Peace Corps in Cameroon! I appreciate any woman stepping out trying to make a difference in the world!
- Karletta Marie from Daily Inspired Life . She is an amazing woman trying to help inspire others to travel by sharing inspirational travel stories from women around the world!
My Questions for my Nominees:
- What was one pivotal moment in your life that made you take action to pursue your dreams?
- If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?
- What is one special travel experience you shared with a total stranger?
- Name three hardships you had to overcome to make your dreams happen.
- Name one time you felt like giving up, but didn’t.
- What is your favorite travel experience and why?
- Who inspires you?
- Would your travel experiences have been different if you were a man instead of a woman? How so?
- What’s one kind thing a total stranger has done for you and how has it changed you?
- Share a memorable solo travel experience, would you recommend it to others?
- If you could change just one thing in this world, what would it be and why?