Monday, December 9, 2013

Time for a Change

Why hello! You may have noticed that things are looking different around here. It was just time for a change!
I created this blog over a year ago and, while I still love the idea of "enjoying the ride",  I wanted something a little bit simpler for my blog name, a little bit cleaner of a blog design. So I began redesigning about three weeks ago and this is the product, thus far. I still am ironing out some of the wrinkles, so bear with me, and if you see something that isn't working, feel free to comment or shoot me an email to let me know! :)

I chose the name "Brave" for a couple of reasons,

(1) Moving to Europe alone at the age of eighteen was my best decision, but also my bravest one! It took a lot of courage to get here, and I thought the name would be a nice reminder of where I come from and where I am going. Exploring the world requires a bit of bravery you know!

(2) My family is quiet large (10 kids!) and we like to call ourselves "the tribe." The new name of my blog is a tribute to my "tribal" heritage, in the sense that the word "brave" can also refer to a native american warrior.

And in case you are wondering, it has nothing to do with the Disney Pixar movie Brave. In fact, I have never seen it. Although I do wish I had awesome archery skills.. so maybe this blog name will help with that? ;)

Perhaps a small tour is in order!

Click on THE  LIST  tab if you want to read about some of my life goals, there are plenty of places in the world that I would love to travel to, but it is less about the destination and checking that country off some list than it is about the incredible experiences you can have across the globe. So be sure to click on this page and read about some of the adventurous experiences I want to take part in over my lifetime!

Click on  ABOUT ME  if you want to know more about me.. was that explanation really necessary? Probably not, oh well, on we go with the tour!

Click on  TRAVELS  if you want to see a quick snapshot of where I have been! Then click on each box to read more about my adventures in that country!

Click on "Swiss Life" for posts all about living in Switzerland! It is more than just cheese, chocolate, and mountains.. although all those things are pretty great as well!

Finally, leave me a comment! If you have some feedback, I'd love to hear it. Like I said though, I am still adding to the design, so thank you for your patience! And thanks for reading along!


  1. i love this, jessica! that new logo is great and i think the new design is so good!
    you are living the life! i am a senior in high school right now and i had not really considered franklin college until i saw your blog. i am from barcelona but my mom is italian. i have traveled around europe a lot, with family and with friends alone, and i go to the alps every year.
    franklin college would be the most amazing way to spend four years in a familiar, loved landscape, speaking italian and eating italian food, visiting my grandparents (they live in northern italy and i actually know a lot of people from there who work in lugano) and lowcost flights to spain for fun weekends with friends.
    you are the reason why i would love to go there but, at the same time, you are the reason why i know i shouldn't. i know europe, i know italian, i know my alps, cows and cheese. i should probably be brave like you and go somewhere that scares me:)

    1. Giulia,

      Thank you so much for your comment! I am still tweaking the design, but really love it so far!
      I never planned on going to Franklin, I only applied on a whim, and then everything just worked out in my favor! I was offered incredible scholarships and the chance of a lifetime to take a leap of faith and plunge into a new world. It sounds like you are well acquainted with Europe already and would be a perfect fit at Franklin! I also totally understand the feeling the need to try something new though! Maybe just apply to Franklin as a backup and see where the winds of fate take you :)

  2. I love the new name, and i think it suits you. i'm new to your stories, but i've been scrolling back your posts and i can see that 'Brave' is here.

    haha, i love how you call your family the tribe. i'm the eldest of 5 and i already think that it's such a crowded household. nice to meet you

    1. Thank you Niken!

      Nice to meet you too!

      While I understand that 5 children is definitely a large household, it is funny because whenever there are only 5 children at my house we all walk around saying to each other "where is everybody??" It seems so empty! haha I guess it is all a matter of perspective!

      Thanks for reading along!