Michelle

The Blogger

As an Orange County native, growing up, I often took for granted how incredibly stunning my surroundings were . Being predominantly raised in Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley, I stayed close to home until I graduated college. With my studies winding down at California State University Long Beach, I noticed I had acquired a travel itch that desperately needed to be scratched. I spent three adventure packed summers backpacking across Europe. On my final return I made the spontaneous decision to leave the OC and my family behind. What began was an unintentional 15 year somewhat nomadic existence in which I resided in places such as Maui, Chicago, Napa, San Diego, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Hong Kong. A few years ago, exhausted from countless moves, I ended up settling back in the place I so desperately wanted to flee in my early 20's. I often wonder why I ever left Orange County to begin with, and even more importantly, why did it take me so long to get back here? Coming full circle, I feel fortunate that my doggie Maximus and I made our way back to our beautiful Southern California coast. Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz got it right when she said, "there’s no place like home." We love where we live!

TRAVEL LIFEI began traveling when I was in the womb.  Once upon a time–many moons ago–my father boarded a plane and caught a glimpse of a super hot flight attendant…aka Mom.   One year later out popped yours truly.
With my mother always flying to international destinations, I was fortunate enough to occasionally accompany her.  I always have assumed this played a role in developing my burning desire to travel and tendency to move so often. Once I became old enough to go it alone, the wanderlust fascination majorly kicked in.
BLOG LIFE
What began as a little passion side project has become a full out obsession.  I was just looking to get some creative juices flowing, because I was seriously lacking in that field.  I quickly realized I had more to say and share than I ever thought possible.  Life with Michelle is made with love.  It came from a place inside that was questioning whether I was really living my best life.  It has given me the courage to design a future that my dreams were made of.  My hope is to inspire you to Journey Beyond Vanilla
MY LIFE
I reside in Orange County with the two male loves of my life.  These men give me the support and confidence required to bare my soul.  The first being a truly solid human being who I am a deeply in love with.  Babe happens to be over a decade younger than me- but ever so slightly more mature. The other boy is my 9 year old Italian Greyhound.  Weighing in at only 20 pounds…what my fur baby (Maximus) lacks in stature, he makes up for with his larger than life personality.

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