Combinging Professional Development with Travel: Over a Decade of Global Living (2004 – 2014)

Exactly 10 years ago this summer, I began what I know call ‘My Global Life’. It has been an intense 10 years, but I wouldn’t change it for anything.
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At the tender age of 5, I obtained my first passport and headed to England for my uncle’s wedding. Visits to Brazil, France, Canada, Mexico, Israel and the Dominican Republic soon followed, rounding out my ‘places visited’ list to 8 countries by the time I graduated high school.

Since graduating high school, it’s been one incredible experience after another. Here’s where I’ve lived every year for the past decade!

2004 – Minneapolis, Minnesota (Undergrad) / Montpellier, France (Study Abroad)

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My classmates and I in Montpellier, France.

2005 – Minneapolis, Minnesota (Undergrad) / Madrid, Spain (Study Abroad)

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My favorite building in Madrid.

2006 – Minneapolis, Minnesota (Undergrad)

2007 – Chicago, Illinois (Work) / Copenhagen, Denmark (Graduate School)

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My first home after graduation. I’ll always love you Chicago, Illinois!

2008 – Copenhagen, Denmark (Grad School) / Bilbao, Spain (Grad School & Expat Work)

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Visiting a castle on our epic Scandinavian tour!

2008 – Bilbao, Spain (Grad School & Expat Work) / Copenhagen, Denmark (Grad School)

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Day trip to San Sebastian, Spain

2010 – Copenhagen, Denmark (Grad School & Expat Work)

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Nyhavn (Copenhagen, Denmark)

2011 – Minneapolis, Minnesota (Work)

2012 – Lafayette, Indiana (Work)

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Business Trip to China!

2013 – Lafayette, Indiana (Work)

2014 – Ankara, Turkey (Expat Work – Teaching English)

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At the Ankara Castle.

With all that moving, I should have purchased some major stock in U-Haul! It’s been a crazy ride, with certainty of more moves in the near future. But you know what, I wouldn’t trade it for anything because of all the things I’ve seen, learned and most importantly, because of the people I’ve met.

So cheers to a truly global life. It’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.

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