Welcome to a peek inside my life. I live in Wisconsin but spend most of my time crafting how I’ll spend my time just about anywhere else. Some favorite memories in recent memory involve hitchhiking to the top of Hawaii’s largest summit: Mauna Kea, dancing the night away at lakefront palace in India, tobogganing in the heart of Quebec and helping a dear friend propose within a hot air balloon overlooking the Teotihuacán pyramids of Mexico City. This girl is up for any adventure and refuses to use vacation days for anything other than travel.
As a gal who grew up working at a five diamond resort, I’ve learned to appreciate the finer things and services in life at home and while traveling. You’ll come with me as I navigate lavish preferences and fine hospitality while maintaining a budget. This means I’m always meticulously planning my trips to maximize my experiences as well as money. While seeking the finest in luxury travel, I’m also rating places & experiences based on their attention to detail, such as how soon guests receive a glass of water upon seating or whether the establishment has easy parking.
When I’m not trying to erase every country from my scratch-off map, hiking and the outdoors bring me happiness. My ultimate goal is to hike Patagonia in the near future. Oh, and don’t let me forget to tell you about the time he made me hike the Grand Canyon in a day. My husband, Eugene, thought it’d be a great idea to hike down and up in one day.
Speaking of my husband, we’re newlyweds. We got married and bought a house within the last few months of 2019. When the pandemic hit, we focused more on our mental health and well-being since travel was put on hold. Thankfully my sister works in the health sector and provides lots of assistance in that area. I value self-improvement and emotional intelligence. My journey will show you that I know who I am, and what I want, but more recently I’m all about dialing in on the best version of who I CAN be.
The Quick Info
What’s the blog name story?
Originates from the obvious- my name. I was named after a strong lineage of women on my mother’s side with the same name. Specifically, I have a soft spot in my heart for my late Grandma, Anna Marie (Nancy). If anything, it’s a lasting connection to her.
What is your 2020 goal?
In December 2019, I deemed 2020 my year of growth. You’re not growing if you’re comfortable.
What did you study in school?
Public relations & marketing communications. At the time, I made up that minor for my university.
Why’d you start a blog?
This blog originated as a creative outlet, and I’ll keep it going as long as it brings me joy. As someone who works in the communications industry, I know what good looks like. In fact, I know what the best blogs look like. You know what, though? I’m setting boundaries and doing what’s good enough for me that day.