Hello! My name is Sonnie and I’m from California – born and raised. I lived in this little bubble of a town, Orange County, where life was pretty predictable. Then I headed up north to college in San Luis Obispo where I discovered life outside of that bubble. Once I got a taste for the sweet unknown, I was hooked. Small ventures to neighboring towns became adventures to other states, which quickly escalated to exploits to far away countries. I can assure you the travel bug is real and if you do become infected, do not panic. Embrace it and make the most of life! In my blog, my life becomes an open book as I share with you what inspires me and what drives me to discover new places. When I used to find something that I wanted to try or see or do, I would scribble it down on a piece of paper and hope that I wouldn’t forget about it. That method wasn’t the best. So, I got a notebook that I kept in my purse and filled it with exotic places, engaging song lyrics, and anything else that I came across in my life that sparked my dreams. Well, now I am upgrading my notebook and transforming my dream world into this blog! I’m super excited to share it with you and I hope to meet other people who have a lust for that wander!
One of my all time favorite quotes is by John Steinbeck in his novel
Travels with Charley:
“When I was very young and the urge to be someplace else was on me, I was assured by mature people that maturity would cure this itch. When years described me as mature, the remedy prescribed was middle age. In middle age I was assured greater age would calm my fever and now that I am fifty-eight perhaps senility will do the job. Nothing has worked. Four hoarse blasts of a ships’s whistle still raise the hair on my neck and set my feet to tapping. The sound of a jet, an engine warming up, even the clopping of shod hooves on pavement brings on the ancient shudder, the dry mouth and vacant eye, the hot palms and the churn of stomach high up under the rib cage. In other words, once a bum always a bum. I fear this disease incurable. I set this matter down not to instruct others but to inform myself.” – John Steinbeck
I have quite a few Instagram icons now who inspire and motivate and spark creativity in my life, but the first guy to really influence a change in my life was Theron Humphrey (more commonly know as @thiswildidea or the owner of that awesome balancing dog Maddie haha). I attended one of his book signings in 2013 and being a dorky fan, I handmade a wood print and gave it to him during his signing. We got to talking and he wanted to learn more about my mother’s ranch and its rescue work with unwanted horses. Absolutely stoked, I invited him out to the ranch the very next day and became a part of his amazing cause “Why We Rescue”. Listening to his story about how he got started and the message that he wanted to share with others, left me wondering what more that I could do with my life and the things that I am most passionate about. If you haven’t already, I strongly urge you to check this guy out. He’s a great storyteller with some powerful messages and supports animal rescue – what’s not to love?