Welcome to my blog! I was born in Okinawa, Japan. My parents met in Okinawa while my dad was stationed there while he was in the Marine Corps. My dad is now retired from the Marine Corps and they are both still happily married for over 40 years and live in the Central Florida area.
I met my husband in 1995 at Walt Disney World after auditioning for a job right after graduating from high school. We both worked in their character department for several years while in college. Let’s just say that I was very “good” friends with Mickey & Minnie. We dated for about 5 years before getting married in September of 2001. In 2007, we had our amazing daughter, Mia and our life has changed in so many ways since her birth. We are excited to show her as much of the world as possible.
My husband and I both lived in the Central Florida area for about 25 years. We had a life changing moment after both our home and our next door neighbor’s homes were broken into in the middle of the day and in an instant, so many of our “things” were taken from us. We then really realized how unimportant those “things” we had managed to accumulate over the years were. In 2012, we decided we would start working on simplifying our lives and in 2013, we were successfully able to do so after donating about 3/4 of all our belongings and most of our household items went on 2 truck loads to the Salvation Army. We downsized from a 4-bedroom home to a cute 2-bedroom apartment that was less than half the size when we moved to Helsinki, Finland with only suitcases! This allowed us to work more on our travel bucket list. We also experienced traveling via public transportation for the first time and did not have a car while we lived in Finland.
We moved on to our next life adventure with only suitcases again to a new country during the summer of 2014… someplace a lot more sunny and warm where we are enjoying a very relaxing view of a breathtaking turquoise sea. We are grateful for a new expat experience, and it is a lovely change from the cold and darkness of Finland!
My blog features photos from our travel adventures and some posts about living abroad as an expat. I hope you enjoy following along with our Red Pin Adventures and I look forward to meeting some fellow bloggers along the way!