My name is Alessandra and I’m a 23 year old Californian who decided to step a little outside my comfort zone. Ok, a lot outside my comfort zone. Now I know I’m not blazing any trails here. Teaching English in Thailand wasn’t just developed and I know people leave home and travel all the time. But for me, this was a huge leap of faith.
I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Psychology. I played softball for four years and was the centerfielder for the 2005 National Championship team. This is what has defined me for so long. Or in other words, this is how I have defined myself. When I left Michigan, I felt lost. I was no longer a college athlete or even a college student. I went from seeing my best friends every waking minute of the day, to never seeing them and barely speaking to them. I joined the workforce at a small money management firm in my hometown of Pasadena. But I still felt lost. I didn’t feel like what I was doing was important or that it was helping me figure out who I really am. I always yearned for more. I was constantly thinking of the next big thing I was do or where I was going to go. But those were just words. I didn’t have the courage to make them my reality.
I realized that I needed to get out. I needed to see the world and experience another culture, another country. I needed to push myself and discover that I could depend on myself. My entire life I have been depending on others. Not just wanting them in my life, but needing them. I wanted to change that.
I chose Thailand. Everyone asks me why Thailand. I just felt like that’s where I wanted to go. Where I needed to go. I just felt it. So here I am.
And it won’t stop at Thailand. You can bet on seeing me somewhere else in the very near future. Hope you join me on my Wanderlust…From Here On…