who am i?
Hey y'all -- I'm Aileen, a culture, philanthropy, and adventure enthusiast. Born and raised in the Deep South, I remember thinking at age 10 that I was meant to live elsewhere. While that didn't happen for some time, the urge to experience life outside of my immediate surroundings never ceased. I am fortunate to have a career in the non-profit sector that combines my love for the arts, community building, and creating positive opportunities for others, so no, I'm not quitting my job to make blogging a full-time gig. I travel to fulfill other aspects of my life, interests, and persona. Sunny (and sometimes brutally hot and humid) Miami is home base as I work towards my goal of 30 countries before 30 and beyond. Join me on my journey!
what's in a name?
#Let's break it down.
"a wave" is a play on my real name. "a" is my first (and last) initial- yay, alliteration. "wave" because, well, that's what my last name actually means when translated.
"around the world" -- Hopefully it's pretty obvious that this blog endeavor is inspired by and about travel. ;) I would love to explore all 7 continents -- yes, my tropical blood wants to go play with emperor penguins up close in Antarctica. At 22 countries and counting, I also think I'm in a good place to reach my 30-before-30 goal.
I also chose the name because I love the water and because waves transfer energy. Hopefully with this blog, I'll be able to transfer some of my energy and passion for traveling to you to get out there and explore!