I’m Kelley! MBY had several lives over the years. It was originally intended as a way to document my Peace Corps application process, after that it was a way for my friends and family to follow along while I served for two and a half years in Paraguay, and once my service ended I had enjoyed blogging so much I wanted to keep it going.
But, it was the quintessential blogging burnout story. I found myself catering more to what I thought I should be doing, instead of what I enjoyed doing. Since, then I moved home from Paraguay, moved in with my parents, got an adult job, went through the hellish visa process so my boyfriend (now husband!) could come to US, got married (twice! at the courthouse and then a big ceremony), started graduate school and settled into our comfy life here in DC.
However, after a while I really began to miss blogging, so I finally decided to come back; and this time I’m going to do it right. That means instead of doing what I think I should be doing, I’m going to do what I enjoy.
Now who am I?
I grew up in Maryland with my parents and younger sister Rachel. My parents always encouraged my sister and I to be independent, inquisitive and open-minded. This lead to lots of adventures early on in life. My first international adventure took place when I was 14, on a student trip to Australia. I got to go snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, tour the Sydney Opera house, stay at a working cattle ranch in the Outback and live for a few days with an Australian host family in Brisbane; and it was then and there that I realized how big and interesting the world is, and that I needed to see it all.
Since then travel has become a priority in life, every opportunity I got I would pack my bags, and head off on another adventure. This is what lead me to join the Peace Corps, where I was sent to Paraguay in 2012. This turned out to be life changing in more than one way. First, it led me my career in global health, but second and most important, that is where I met José. At a concert with some of my friends, I met the man who 3 years later I would marry, first at the courthouse and then in a ceremony in front of friends and family, in both English and Spanish on January 2, 2016.
Travel is still a priority for us. But, we also have made a comfy little home here in DC, where we always on the lookout for the next adventure!