I’m not sure where to begin with this. I’ve had the birth of this blog in mind for a while but I worried it would be for nothing. There are plenty of travel oriented blogs out there….why would anyone want to see mine? Especially when my travel time is limited! I used my better judgement and realized…..this will be more therapeutic than anything. I’ll make this as short as possible…..
I’ll “officially” start out by introducing myself. My name is Jen and I live in Baltimore, Maryland. I haven’t always lived here, but it is where I have spent the majority of my life. My parents have been divorced for as long as I can remember. My dad was in the military for many years and my mom was somewhat nomadic in her own right. The combination allowed for one confusing upbringing! I switched schools multiple times over the years, and while I hated it at the time, I now appreciate the experiences I had a lot more than I ever would have expected.
I’ve lived in places such as Maryland (various places in the state), Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Minnesota, and Hawaii. I was born in California, but I never got to “see” it up until a couple of years ago. I’ll save that story for my next post.
As many could guess, this lifestyle came with many drawbacks. I struggled socializing, I had to leave many friends behind, and I was constantly having to re-adjust to new environments. The constant change among other things going on caused a lot of anxiety and depression.
As I got older, I realized that relationships with people became expendable to me. Not because I wanted them to, but because I had grown accustom to leaving people all the time. I was never really close with anyone growing up. After a while I could actually “feel” when it was getting near time to move again. Like clockwork.
After high school I picked up a camera and realized that I found joy in taking photos. My dad got me my first SLR for Christmas, and that is when I really began to learn the basics. Eventually I got a DSLR and I just couldn’t stop taking photos! I’ve always been an artsy person, but photography became a passion for me.
I’m 28 years old now and my passion for photography still exists. I graduated college 2 years ago (after getting a late start), and I’m living in Baltimore. I get a lot of, “when are you going to get married?” and “when are you going to have kids??” I have a hard time answering these questions. I’m one of the seemingly few women who didn’t grow up dreaming of her wedding day and having children. I have always been more interested in taking beautiful photos, not having to financially depend on anyone but myself, and seeing the world. A lot of people don’t understand me – and that’s ok. I can’t really expect them to understand someone as “different” as me in a world where everything is so routine.
Over the last couple of years my wish to travel has increased tremendously. I’ve seen so many places – but never enough. With my love of photography and my appetite for travel, I want my camera and I to conquer the world. I haven’t figured out a way to completely meet this goal as my school loans have me chained tightly – but I’m working on it.
As you read this blog, I hope you follow my journey to not only discovering the world around me, but my journey to self discovery as well.