Hi! I’m Claire.
I’m a typical Midwest gal in the sense that I’m friendly, easygoing and hardworking, but after following the yellow brick road of American expectations for a while, I balked. Since receiving my Bachelor’s, I’ve been flitting around the world trying to understand where I fit into it, and writing all the way.
From my first solo international trip when I was 16 to studying abroad in Wellington, New Zealand to volunteering in Arequipa, Peru to venturing into the wilds of the Argentinian Patagonia to skidding into Europe for a dear friend’s wedding, I’ve felt moved to chase experiences that make me come alive.
I’ve hiked, run, horseback-ed, bused, train-ed (?), combi-ed, tuk-tuked across nine countries so far, and I don’t intend to stop anytime soon. Truth be told, I’ve become pretty addicted to finding beauty in the world, and I’ve found that nothing kindles my imagination like a conversation with a stranger or a plane touching down in a new country.
They say that to be a writer, you have to write. One of my college professors adjusted this saying accordingly: “If you want to be a writer, you need to write, and write really good stuff.” There are too many travel phrases to paraphrase and apply to myself, but I think the general sentiment about writing well goes hand-in-hand with traveling: If you want to be a traveler, you’ve got to travel. Personally, I would add: And you’ve got to let your travels leave an impression on you. Live for yourself, but always open your heart to others.
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Happy to be here and pleased to meet ya!