At seven-years-old, my softball coach presented me with the “Most Enthusiastic” award. I was so thrilled to be acknowledged for the thing I liked, and still love, most about myself.  Can’t you see me in my pigtails jumping for joy? Oh wait, I still do that!
As a kid and teen I was secretively and painfully self-conscious – unfamiliar things scared me because I was so afraid of making a fool of myself, and I couldn’t handle being teased. Still not so great at it. But it gets stifling in your own head, so I used to push myself out of my comfort zone. Beyond my fears of the unknown I couldn’t stand the idea of a mundane and story-less life. Further and further I pushed the boundaries (earning class clown in the process), until adventures went from occasional cravings, to bi-annual journeys to the must-have my sojourns are today.

Growing up we took two trips a year. In the summer, we’d camp. Mostly I remember Yellowstone, though I know there were many places. In the winter we skied June and Mammoth Mountains. But always my favorite part of nature has been trees. As a child, I used to dance with a palm tree in our yard during Santa Ana winds. My Giving Tree was this amazing tree struck by lightening that I used to climb at Eisenhower Park until they cut it down. I used to pretend I could send messages through the Eucalyptus trees in Santiago Park. I made love in orange groves.
I took to the road to sell my eight books, and it’s as if the gypsy truly woke up. Now I’m gone on some adventure a couple times a month – more if I can help it. And when I’m home I seek out the wacky and wonderful. I’m excited to write just on this topic and I hope it inspires you, because after all that’s the best result of enthusiasm.


2 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Jamie,
    Looking forward to following your blog. Is there a way I can “subscribe” so I’ll get notice of your posts in my email?
    With best regards,

  2. Hi Jamie, I’m looking forward to following your blog! I’m sure it’ll be good.

    Your friend,

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