Thanks for visiting my site! My name is Genevieve (but you probably knew that already). I grew up in Kalispell, a small town in Montana. The population of Kalispell when I was born was 12,971 and the 2013 census puts it at 20,972. Some quick math will tell you that in my lifetime, the town has grown by 62%!
Kalispell is about 75 miles away from the Canadian border. When traveling, I’ve been asked more than once if I’m from Canada! I think that’s a compliment, eh? Of course, when I tell foreigners that I’m actually from Montana, I usually just get a blank stare back at me. While Montana may be the 4th largest state in terms of area, we have just over one million people, making it the 6th least populated state! We do (in my humble opinion) have some of the best views. I’ve been blessed with a childhood full of clean air, beautiful mountains, and crystal clear lakes. At times, growing up so isolated from the rest of the world felt stifling, but when I look back, I’m grateful for the shelter Montana affords its residents. Growing up so close to nature was definitely a blessing, one I hope to be able to pass along to my future kids!
After graduating from Glacier High School, I moved 120 miles south to the beautiful city of Missoula, MT. There, I attended the University of Montana, home of the Grizzlies.
Missoula is a wonderful Montana city and an area I am proud to call home. After graduating with degrees in Marketing and Media Arts in 2015, I worked as a Graphic Designer turned Marketing Communications Manager, and I can honestly say that I enjoyed my job! I got to do what I went to school for, and run the entire graphic design department! I got paid a livable wage where I was able to support myself. I had some of the best coworkers I could have ever asked for. I worked for a local wholesale distributer (super random, I know) designing advertisements and helping create ad campaigns for C-store distribution! Still, as happy as I was with my job, it wasn’t enough. My PTO was rough (5 paid days off and 2 sick days) which limited my traveling and I felt suffocated. So, I began thinking of alternatives. What could I do to travel while I was still young and single? It wasn’t a tough decision. I wanted to travel. My wandering heart yearned to meet people from all over the world… to see new places, places I’d only dreamed about…
I begun feeling the societal pressure to climb the corporate ladder immediately after graduation. My escape was to the internet. I found blogs of people living lives that I wanted to live! And I thought, “Why not me?” A lot of people told me I was crazy for giving up a job that was relevant to my field – a job that I did genuinely enjoy! But continuing down this path, I asked myself, “Will I be happy when I’m 40 or 50 years old? Will I look back on my life with no regrets?” And the answer was a resounding NO.
So, I packed my bags (questioning the whole time as to whether or not I was making a huge mistake) and left for Spain. I fell in love with this quote:
In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.
Not going would have been a mistake. The safety net of home is always here for me, but for now, it’s time to go out and explore the world. And that’s really where Wayfaring Wanders begins… I hope you enjoy ♥