Finding Happiness While Exploring the World

About Me

BONJOUR!

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Falling in love with Paris, France

My friends call me Jac. Or Jacki. Or Jaclyn, Jax, J, or even Jquan. I’m sure there’s a few more I may have missed as well. But in my blog I call myself Jac, mostly because I like efficiency…and I’m a bit lazy.

Devil's Bridge in Sedona, AZ.

Devil’s Bridge in Sedona, AZ.

I’ve been traveling ever since I can remember. My parents used to take me and my siblings to Florida every year (that’s what people from Michigan do), with occasional random trips thrown in every now and then. I remember being 13 years old on a family trip to Washington D.C., excited about hitting all of the Smithsonian museums, frolicking down the National Mall in a 102 degree heat wave with my siblings unhappily trailing behind. I was determined to see EVERYTHING and I was EXCITED about absolutely everything! Here was a chance to see new things, learn about the history of this great country, and walk in the footsteps of our forefathers…and there were my siblings complaining about the heat.

I think that was the family vacation that fueled the travel bug inside me.

It’s not like it was the best vacation ever or anything like that, although it was a ton of fun. I think it just happened to be my “coming of age” year in my life and I instantaneously became addicted all of a sudden, just like that.

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Big Sur, California

From then on, I began craving new experiences on each family vacation we took. And when I was finally old enough, my boyfriend (now my husband) and I took a trip together alone for the first time at the age of 18.

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Climbing the Baths on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands

And I haven’t looked back! I’m not a world traveler (yet) but I’ve been to more places than most people my age. I am earning my Master’s degree, got married this past summer, play french horn for fun, and I work at a coffee shop. I do my best to make the time and money to travel because out of all of my hobbies, it is one of my favorites (it’s hard to choose between travel and music!)

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Christmastime in Old Quebec, Canada

I believe anyone can travel! There’s a big explorer in this tiny body and if I can do it, anyone can! I’m bad with directions, I’m clumsy, and I tend to act without fully thinking things through. But no matter how messy things get, I can’t help but be happy. I think the only way to go through life is to seek out good experiences, beautiful places, and great company. My friends and family think that I consider life one big party, and they’re exactly right. In fact, I think my life motto is: “let’s party!” Because life gets crazy and messy, but my end goal in life is to be able to reflect back on everything and think, “yeah, that was pretty fun.”

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Checking off a bucket list item of flying a plane

Smooth skies make for a fun vacation, but it’s your response when the waters get rough that make for an interesting adventure. I’ll try to introduce you to the world from a realistic point of view, but I can’t promise that almost every post won’t be speaking mostly from my optimistic mind.

So. Let’s party!