Hi, I'm Jamie!
If you found your way to this site, we probably have at least one thing in common: we’re both inspired by travel. I remember writing in my journal years before I had even stepped foot on an international flight:
Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway places. Something inside of me yearns for the unknown, the excitement of change, and the curiosity of a new culture.
Looking back, I’m kind of in shock at all the places I’ve been, things I’ve learned, and the incredible people I’ve met along the way. I’ve explored Costa Rica by horseback, learned to cook pasta from locals in Rome, and danced until sunrise more times than I can count in Ibiza. The first question people ask me when they hear about my travels is, “How did you do this? And how can I live like this?!” Well, here’s my story…
From dreaming to doing
I was born and raised in South Mississippi. With that being said, I never really thought too much about traveling or living abroad until I saw a study abroad poster at my university when I was 18 years old. I double majored in Spanish and Public Relations, and there was a six-week program in Costa Rica where you could earn course credit and live with a local family, learning the language and culture. I felt compelled to sign up.
During my time in Costa Rica, I became fascinated with seeing different ways of life and discovered there isn’t just one way to live, breaking free from the societal constructs of what it means to be happy and successful.
I returned home to Mississippi after this life-changing trip. Only a year later, I found myself on a transatlantic flight to study Spanish in Granada, Spain for an entire semester. This beautiful experience only solidified my desire to explore more of the world and learn from the people and places I get to know along the way.
After graduating college, I knew I wanted to work abroad. I wasn’t sure how I would make it happened, but I truly believe that if I wanted it badly enough, I could find a way. One day, I searched on Google, “how to live in Spain legally” and found an English teaching assistant job in Spain. I applied immediately, and three months later, I quit my job and moved to Spain.
I spent two years teaching English on the gorgeous island of Ibiza, Spain in the Mediterranean. During those two years, I felt truly alive. Living, learning, exploring, growing. The main and most important thing those two years in Ibiza taught me was that if you want to do something in life, reach out and grab it. Do what scares you, what excites you. Whatever your biggest aspirations are, you’re meant to go after them with your whole heart. Of course, there will be ups and downs along the journey. It won’t always be easy, but this is the magic and beauty of life.
Throughout 2018, I worked as a digital nomad and exploring the places I’ve always wanted to see while volunteering and participating in work exchanges. I’m currently working at Esalen Institute, a nonprofit retreat center in Big Sur, California.
May we continue to ask big questions and walk through life with a sense of wonder, curiosity, and joy.
Live with True Bravado
“Acknowledging fear is not a cause for depression or discouragement. Because we possess such fear, we also are potentially entitled to experience fearlessness. True fearlessness is not the reduction of fear, but going beyond fear.”- Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche
What does it mean to live with true bravado? By definition, bravado means to show a vaunted display of courage or self-confidence; swagger. To me, bravado means facing intimidating, daunting tasks with openness, moving into a place that is beyond fear. That is what it takes to do something as audacious as moving across the world knowing no one but expecting the best. It’s what it takes to be true to yourself and follow what inspires you. I invite you to contemplate how you can live a life of authenticity, openness, and fearlessness…a life of true bravado.