The Girl Behind The Keyboard

I feel as though I don't share a lot about myself on this blog. I want to be like a friend to you, so I'm going to talk a little bit more about me today.

I’ve had a few requests over the past month of people wanting to know more about me as an individual. I know I don’t talk about myself much on this blog and it’s because I find it weird to talk about myself and to share my life intimately with people on the Internet. Of course, most of you readers I feel like I’ve known forever! For the rest, I know you don’t judge and you don’t read this blog to tear me down. Regardless, I’ve always felt it hard to really share myself on my blog, but today I want to tell you a little bit about me as a person. Hopefully that will help you understand the direction of my blog, the reasons I write and the topics I try to convey.

Well, let’s start fresh. Hello, my name is Hannah! I’m 23 and grew up in Bethesda, MD, a suburb just outside of DC. I love all animals, coffee and in the past year and a half I’ve delved into photography and I’m really loving it. I attended Miami University of Ohio where I got my degree in journalism and political science, which is where my real love for writing began. I’ve always loved writing and as young as nine I was writing short stories. To be honest, I go back and read them sometimes and they’re not too shabby! At college I worked on my university newspaper all four years, and by my senior year was Editor in Chief. Unfortunately, this role wasn’t for me, as I prefer to focus on the writing and interviewing aspect than I do over the editing and managing aspect. I guess it’s good I figured that out sooner rather than later, though.

Chichen Itza

My sophomore year of college I studied abroad in Brussels and that’s where my real love for travel began, and where I met my future husband! While traveling for spring break with my roommate, our first stop was Berlin where I met a Michael, British guy who loved to argue politics as much as me. We hit it off and before long we were doing long distance. This lasted about two years, and we got married when I graduated. Since we got married young I know lots of people think we were “young and dumb” to do it, and a lot of people didn’t understand why, but I think it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made.

Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair, Tasmania

After we got married, we lived together in the Netherlands for a few months, before taking the leap and applying for a working holiday in Australia. It was such an amazing decision, and in the next couple of months we packed up and moved to Melbourne. We had such an incredible experience and I never wanted to leave. Of course, parts of it were hard, but I look back on our year there very fondly. And I can’t wait to be going back for a short trip in November (more on that later). We did tons of traveling while in Australia from more remote parts of the country to the bigger cities and, of course, we did an Asia trip as well.

Kuala Lumpur

After all of that traveling and seeing new cities and experiencing different cultures, I fell in love with traveling even more than I had before, something I didn’t even know was possible. It was in Australia that I began this blog. It was originally intended to be solely a travel blog, but after a couple of months I realized that there were other things I wanted to talk about as well, not simply travel. I have a lot of interests, so it was hard for me to pick one topic, so ultimately I decided that I would break my blog up into a few different sections, but still try and focus on travel as much as possible. I don’t feel as though I’ve cheated myself out of a blog “niche” because I wouldn’t be true to myself if I were talking about only travel, because while it’s a huge part of my life, it’s not the only part of my life.

Wallaby in Adelaide

While in Australia I worked as a grant writer for the World Literacy Foundation and while I loved it, it wasn’t journalism. Once we returned from Australia (slightly heartbroken at leaving) we spent some time in the US where I worked in retail during the holiday season before heading to the UK, where the original plan was to get jobs and live. That didn’t exactly pan out the way we intended (does it ever?). After many nights of crying and being upset because I hadn’t done journalism in so long, I realized that I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was afraid I had no idea how to do journalism anymore. I loved my blog, but it wasn’t a job and it wasn’t what I worked four years toward. I was struggling to find a job in the UK, and I knew it was because I lacked the recent experience of someone who wanted to be a “journalist.” This unfortunately was a cycle that was hard to break. How do you get experience when you can’t get experience because you don’t have experience?

Ultimately, Michael ended up getting a job working for a travel-related company in Berlin and I landed an editorial internship with an English-language magazine here as well. We feel as though we’ve come full circle, since this is where we met over four years ago.

Hannah and ocean St Kilda

Things of course didn’t go as planned, but that’s part of the fun of life. So now, we’re currently residing in Berlin and I’m working full time again after not working full time in… honestly, I couldn’t even tell you how long. We still travel as much as possible, only now we try and do as many weekend trips as possible so we don’t need to take off any time from work. Upcoming trips include one to Abu Dhabi and Dubai in less than a month (eek!), Singapore at the beginning of June, Boston towards the end of June, and Australia for a week in November.

Hannah in Marseille, France

I hope this post helps you understand more about me and I hope because of that we can begin to connect in a new way as blogger and readers. I want you to understand where this blog comes from and I don’t want to just hide behind my computer as a faceless individual who you don’t feel like you really know. I love bloggers who share the details of their life, because they feel like a friend, not just a person who creates good content. I want to be like a friend to you too, so hopefully this post goes a long way towards that.

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  • Amanda

    Wow! What am amazing life you lead!! I’ve always loved to read and write when I was a kid and wanted to be Journalist. In the end I found the space too competitive, the work hours long and the pay way too low. I’m happy you were able to find your way in the workforce! I know how it is to not know what the heck you’re supposed to be doing career-wise.

    • Thank you, Amanda! I know the feeling, it’s definitely not a high-paying job and DEFINITELY has crazy hours. Thanks for the encouraging comment!

  • I love getting to learn more about bloggers! Your life sounds so amazing! Traveling to all of those places have to be amazing!

    • Thanks, Kara! It’s so fun, I love going to new places, it’s so exciting 🙂

  • Renee L Stambaugh

    Happy to meet you. I live right up the road from Bethesda in a little town close to the MD/PA border called Thurmont. I lived in Frederick for 30 years. I recently retired and started blogging. I always wanted to write and now I have the time!

    • Oh cool! I know of Thurmont, and definitely of Frederick. So glad to welcome you to the blogging community!

  • It sounds like you’re really going to see the world! Good for you! I think it is great that you aren’t afraid to change your plan if it isn’t working out the way you want it to. I hope that you will find a job that you enjoy.

    • Thanks, Beth! It’s definitely hard to accept different changes to a plan, but I’m learning to be better about it and just live life the way it’s thrown at me.

  • I envy your travels! I want to see all of these places and more! Thanks for opening up and becoming more than “another blog post” type of blog! I really enjoyed reading this!

    • Thanks, Erin! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it! I always love reading bloggers who share a lot about their life so I want to be a bit more upfront with my readers as well. 🙂

  • Lindsay Katherine

    Wow, you life sounds so fascinating! I love traveling, and I think it’s great that you’re traveling all over – it’s great to learn more about you : )

    • Thanks, Lindsay! I’m glad I finally shared more about myself. Traveling is the best, it’s just so awesome to see new places! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Ahhhh jealous of all your travels!! And it’s nice to meet you! 🙂 Thanks for sharing about yourself!

    • Thanks so much, Kristie! Nice to meet you as well!

  • Loved getting to know you more through you sharing your history. I love visiting Singapore, I’m sure your upcoming trip will be amazing! The whole ‘how can you get experience when no one will hire you unless you have experience’ cycle is very frustrating for those of us just out of college!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Rachel! I really loved Singapore the first time I went, but I was still a bit ill from Jakarta, so unfortunately I didn’t get to experience it as fully as I would have liked. So I’m looking forward to going back!

      And it is SO frustrating! It makes it almost impossible to find anything.

  • Alanna @ Alanna & Company

    I love getting to know you better. That’s awesome you have traveled so much! I’m jealous of you.

    • Thanks, Alanna! I do love to travel and I’m fortunate to have been able to 🙂

  • Your love story and travels sound so exciting! Life never seems to work out how you plan, but that’s what makes it so interesting 🙂

    • Thank you, Cole! I totally agree 🙂 Sometimes it can be hard to accept that things aren’t going the way you originally intended them to, but that definitely makes it interesting 🙂

  • It was lovely getting to know you and learn about your travels. Lovely pictures.

  • This was fun to read. I really enjoyed hearing about your travels and adventures. Love the picture with the kangaroo!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Trish! I enjoyed writing it, even though I don’t love sharing about myself. I love kangaroos too! It was so fun to cuddle them!

  • So nice learning more about you! So cool to get to travel and explore the world 🙂

    • Thanks, Cara! It’s been super awesome, that’s for sure!