Moving Day

Moving out of our house was so bitter sweet. We have so many incredible memories there with each other, family, and friends. We got engaged there, had birthdays there, beach parties, Christmases, girl weekends. It has been awesome.

I have to say I'm so thankful for my family. Incredibly thankful. We could not have done that move out without my mom and dad. Besides helping us load and clean, they brought so much positive energy, Brian and I were so encouraged. You can see from the photos how everyone just has a beaming smile. Those of you who have made a big move, know how hard it is. To have a fun day moving, is a blessing. Enjoy the photos, courtesy of Mom.

Goodbye Vero Beach. On to new adventures!



Temporary Office Space

Office Supplies

This morning I woke up and enjoyed 2 cups of coffee, watched a documentary on the history of China's economy, and headed to the beach to do some painting. Painting is something I enjoy doing immensely.  There is no greater feeling than being able to express yourself through color and images that you can capture and create.

Today was incredible. Don't get me wrong, not every day is a peach. I'm more comfortable that I would have been 2 years ago being in-between jobs. Two years ago, I had just graduated with my Masters. I was anxious to find something to prove to myself- that I could find a job in my field- Public Health. To go into the office everyday, have a formal salary, work a 8-5pm. I seriously got sucked in to thinking this was the end all, be all. Well I found one, loved it, and have now left to move to Australia with my husband. I had a lot of people ask me in the last few weeks: where will you work? what will you do? Two years ago I felt incomplete unless I had an answer to their questions, unless I had a job. Now I am very confident to say, "I don't know, we'll see what happens". My life has changed so much, I have changed. Life will continue to change me I'm sure. So, short term, long term, I will just have to see what happens...

Front door to my office. 

noting like a fresh white canvas
Fax and phone is out of order, leave a message please
My inspiration to be an artist, even if it's as a hobby for now, comes from my mother. My mother is an artist with several different mediums. I think I was coloring and painting before I could even write my name.  I really began to perfect my style as an artist during high school with my teacher and mentor Ms. Foell. During undergrad I took every art class I could while majoring in Pre-med. I painted on anything I could get my hands on- old windows, palm frawns etc. My poor college roommates! My best friend during college, Jenn, and I would paint on the weekends. During the Peace Corps, I met Erica who also was an artist and we quickly became friends. You can see her art here. I am so lucky to have known so many strong female artists to draw inspiration from. You can check out some of my past work here. I'll post this one up when I finish.

getting a healthy dose of vitamin D
 sea foam, royal blue, seaside, ocean, turquoise


Story behind Australia

Where do I start? I started this blog to stay in touch with my friends and family while my husband and I move to Australia. My husband got a job with a company in the midwest and they decided to place him/us in their Australia office! So those of you who know me, understand how this is quite a transition for me. We will be leaving Florida to relocate to Wisconsin before we leave for Australia. Wisconsin will be the place we call home when we return. More on that later...

When I was thinking of what to call the blog, I wanted to call it something that seemed to be a life theme that rang true now for a while. Living by the water. I've lived by the water my entire life and fell in love with my husband while living in the Florida Keys. Here's a re-cap...

Growing up in Florida, I grew up a stones throw from the Banana River, making Cocoa Beach my favorite place. Off to college I went and was lucky enough to live a mile from the ocean! When I joined the Peace Corps shortly after, I was placed on assignment in a fishing village...right on the ocean, on the coast of Ghana. I returned to Florida and lived in the Florida keys for a year, living on a houseboat for part of the time with some amazing girls. This is where i met my love. We then relocated to Tampa for grad school, where we frequented Anna Marie Beach and Clearwater Beach.

We've lived everywhere in between, including the UP, California, and Wisconsin. Our home for the last 2 years has been Vero Beach. Vero Beach has been an incredible place to live as we have been lucky enough to have our house located right in front of the ocean! Now our lives take us to Australia to live and love each other by the sea. Vero Beach has been the longest single place I've lived in the last 10 years.

It's bittersweet to leave, but it feels good to be wandering again.


Last days here, first days there

Peace Corps took me from my pre-med major and waitressing jobs to masters in public health and a fantastic job as an epidemiologist. I fell in love in the middle of it all and married my soulmate. This  travel blog chronicles my journey through life, passion for public health, and ultimate desire to make it as an artist. Moving to Melbourne, Australia.