I’m Gabby, I’m 27 years old and I am a writer. I grew up in southern New Jersey in a small town called Smithville outside Atlantic City. When I was growing up I was fortunate enough to travel often. Before the age of 20 I had visited all U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Canada, and every state on the eastern sea board. Looking back, it makes complete sense to me why I love to travel so much and why I originally started this blog to write about my experiences and advice.
On my twenty-first birthday I boarded a plane to Ireland and would not return the same person. There is something about getting lost in a foreign country and finding your way out that gives you a new-found confidence. Three years later, I road tripped across the country with my parents. Our family spent three weeks exploring parts of my own country that I had never seen before. Standing in the middle of Wall Drug and watching the sunset, I realized I didn’t want to go home. I wanted to see the rest of the world and I wanted to share it with everyone.
Choosing to be a travel blogger.
In September 2017 I married the love of my life in our new home town in Wisconsin. We argued for almost a year over where we wanted to honeymoon before finally deciding on Hawaii. Living in Wisconsin for two years already I was getting restless. I started joking about becoming a travel blogger. It turned into a more serious idea at our rehearsal dinner when Brandon (my husband) bought me the Hero5 GoPro as a wedding gift. I became obsessed and my becoming a travel blogger seemed more and more like a good idea.
When we returned from our trip I had over five hours of videos from four hikes on two different islands. I had so much footage and photographs I didn’t know what to do with myself. I started to jot things down in a notebook and realized I have enough experience and content from travels that I could start a blog. One Sunday night I decided it was time to go for it. I bought my domain, drowned in Youtube tutorials, and got to work. We were taking small trips and I was writing daily. My site traffic was growing and I was putting a lot of money into advertising.
Then life happened… I was diagnosed with infertility and it rocked my world. I struggled for 3 years unable to write and travel, let alone get out of bed at times. Depression took over my entire life. After experiencing somewhat of a spiritual awakening 6 months ago after our IUI failed I started to write a book which is still a work in progress.
After corona virus took over the world and I was forced to start working from home I began looking inside and making note of what made me tick. As I was sitting here contemplating the anxieties we are facing in life today, it struck me: I have a background in science, I love to write, I want to share my infertility story and help others, why not expand on that? This may have started out as a blog about travel but it has started becoming a diary for my battle of PCOS– these are my everyday struggles, big & little wins. I hope you find peace and comfort in my stories.
To all of the women out there fighting this good fight with me:
You are heard. You are seen. You are loved. You are not alone.