It all started when…
I was born, I guess. I mean, that’s when all journeys begin, right? When I was younger, I dreamed of exotic locations, people, and landscapes. I wasn’t content being content. My legs twitched and my mind raced, taking me to far corners of the globe. But there’s only so much exploration a ten-year-old can do in her sleep.
As I got older, I became more focused. I moved and spoke with purpose. I knew what I wanted to do: travel. As obnoxious as it sounds (and it does sound obnoxious) I felt that was the only thing I could do in life that would make me happy. Fulfilled. While I realize now that this is not true in its entirety, there is some validity in the sentiment. I carry that feeling with me each and every day.
As a teenager, I was fortunate to have parents who loved, supported, and encouraged me even when they were scared or uncertain. They themselves not having traveled much, and certainly not to the places I dreamed of going.
Together, they showed me that the impossible could be done, and that with hard work, dedication, and purpose I would get there. There, in this instance, happened to be Greece. It would be the first country I would visit outside of my own, and it was on a scholarship with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
This trip changed me. It solidified this purpose. It showed me that I could do what people thought couldn’t be done. That I could afford to travel if I worked hard, saved, and explored opportunities with organizations. I have never once looked back.
But every journey is just that, a journey. And in so being, there are ups and downs. Road blocks. A loss in faith. Loss of faith in the journey and sometimes in yourself. But the highs always trump the lows, and they’re worth all the pain of the rollercoaster ride that is finding your way to yourself.
I am still nowhere near where I would like to be in terms of my career. But I work toward it every day, and I am so thankful to have had the beautiful experiences I have had to date, and I know if I continue working toward my end goal, I will get there. If you do the same, you will, too.
This site, ShaylynMarie.com, is meant to bring together content from my adventures near and far. Whether it's camping trips through Idaho and California, safaris through Tanzania with Passion Passport, or desert wandering in the Middle East with Intrepid. My hope is to encapsulate the emotions and feeling, the wonder and awe that I felt while exploring these places. I'd like for this to be a place to share, and dream, and learn. And I hope you enjoy tagging along.