I speak English, am actively working on French, speak a little Spanish, and have attempted to learn Thai, Bulgarian, and Greek along the way.
I’ve lived in a Buddhist Sanctuary in Malaysia, a permaculture project in Portugal, solo-trained across Northern India, Couchsurfed across Bulgaria, lived in a retreat community in England, volunteered my life (and heart) to refugee camps in Greece, studied spanish (and released baby sea turtles) in Mexico, met Sloths in Costa Rica, Caught trains most of the way from New Zealand to France, Helped restore a Bulgarian farmhouse, Horse-sat a herd of lovely rescues on the Azores and turned 32 in an Amazonian Treehouse.
A Brief History
2014 – I set up shop as a freelance writer, sold up all that wouldn’t fit in a 40L backpack and set off on a one-way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand from my homeland of New Zealand.
2014 – 2016 – As I traversed Asia and Europe I began to utilize my digital/tech and web skills to pick up other bits and pieces here and there. Much of this time was spent volunteering on various projects, living in meditation centers, and exchanging my skills (gardening, cooking, and writing) for accommodation.
2016 – My life changed forever when a two-week volunteer plan to help with some refugee camp work on the Greek Island of Lesvos turned into a three month long stay, and a lifelong commitment to something far bigger than myself.
2017 – My beloved father passed away, and I returned home in New Zealand for his final months of life to care for him. Devastated after his death, I left on a long and contemplative journey across Southeast, East, and Central Asia in his memory, eventually ending up crossing the Balkans and into Western Europe.
2017 – 2019 – I took a job with Automattic. Less volunteering, more job stability. Thanks to a fully distributed working environment I still got to travel as much as I wanted, and continued exploring mostly around North America and Europe, with a brief dip into North Africa and South America. Every day I get to work for a company I cherish, doing work I love.
2018 – Fufilling a lifelong dream of mine I finally made it to the Costa Rican jungle, then deeper into the Colombian Amazonas to sleep in treehouses, and canoe down the Amazon River for my 32nd birthday.
2019 – I took the leap and went back to school! (Distance learning, of course) 2019 was the year I began studying towards a Computer Sciences degree with a minor in French, along with a working holiday longstay in Canada to see more of what North America has to offer