I grew up in Vermont as a nerdy tomboy who was as interested in catching frogs as knowing what genus they were. As adventurous as I was, my pallet was not as up to speed. As much as my parents insisted, I could not be budged to try new foods. Their words had been heeded, though. Once I flew the Vermont coop and found myself living in Florida, I spread my wings even more. Florida is where I found my love for food. Good food at that.
My taste buds were on the right track, but my adventurous spirit had taken a hiatus. At the age of 13, I lost my inspiration. A tragic accident had taken the life of my older sister, Gwen, and my light. I spent a large portion of my life on a new path filled with fear and depression where there was once determination and jubilance. I struggled more than I realized. I lost my identity and tried to find myself through parties. It wasn't until I found myself in a hospital in Colorado that I realized the extent of my depression. I had two emergency surgeries and baffled doctors. There was a time in the ICU when my parents thought they may lose another daughter. The staff didn't know what had caused my internal problems, but I knew. I knew that all the negativity I had been holding had taken it's final toll. I had a long year of recovery and reflection. I vowed to change. I had existed before, but I did not live. Since then I have been busy experiencing a life that wasn't promised to me. I live like I have a bucket list because I've experienced just how precious this life is. I revisited my love for adventure and the outdoors and it has only blossomed. I always loved to travel, but I believed there was always time for it later. Today I can combine my biggest passions and share them with people. It is a gift and I hope you feel the same. Thank you, friends, for taking the time to read this. I hope this inspires you to live a little deeper and try new things, especially if the thing is a tasty, foreign morsel. May your travels be light and your bellies full. Life is short... so enjoy your eats and your feats!
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