That belief is exactly why Of Whiskey and Words was started. The world is big and full of possibilities and I wanted nothing more than to say I took as many of them as I could. But the more things I did the more I realized that I got the most joy sharing my stories with others and hoping to inspire them to go see for themselves.
I was born and raised in Nebraska and after graduating from Creighton I worked in Omaha for a year before saying ‘F*ck this” it’s time to see the world. I accepted a job on a cruise ship based in Brisbane, Australia where I sailed around the South Pacific and worked as part of the Cruise Staff team (meaning I hosted things like trivia, theme nights, scategories etc).
It was a wild time and completely changed my life.
After my contract on the ship expired, I accepted a job Au Pairing in a small village in the Czech Republic for four months and then spent an additional three months backpacking around Europe staying with friends, at hostels, and exploring places I’d never even heard of.
The more I traveled the more I wanted to see and the more I wanted to share it with anyone that was interested. That’s when Of Whiskey and Words really became a large part of my life. It was my platform to expose people (most in the MidWest) to the world in a way they weren’t used to. It’s one thing to read about a place and another to know someone who’s actually been there. It’s cool to hear about the prettiness of Prague, but completely different when you go and see for yourself.
After a brief stop back in the States, I decided I should move to Melbourne, Australia. I’d traveled around the world but I hadn’t ever “lived” abroad. I hadn’t stayed in one spot and truly understood what it was like to live there. Melbourne was my chance to do that.
I got to immerse myself in Australian culture and go to fulfill my dream of living abroad. It was one of the toughest and most difficult years of my life, but also one of the most rewarding (go figure, life’s funny like that).
I moved back to the States and ended up in Kansas City working at Lifted Logic (a web design company) who still allows me to travel more than the average person. Over the past 4 years, I’ve gone to Burning Man (Twice), Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, Australia, Russia for World Cup, Costa Rica, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, and Sri Lanka with no plans of slowing down going forward.
Of Whiskey and Words is my way to share it with the world. On the site, you’ll find my thoughts on life, love, relationships, and travel. You’ll find the places and things that have caught my eye around the world and the web.
If there’s any topic or place you ever want to hear my thoughts on feel free to send me a message!