Looking back, my decision to resign from a traditional 8 to 5 job and take care of my mother, was the beginning of a wonderful chapter in my life! Working in the corporate world for 30 years and raising a son left little time to discover my likes and dislikes. I soon discovered that traveling is in my blood (I’ve moved over 40 times) and have been fortunate to be able to explore 60 countries, via Couchsurfing, Airbnb, VRBO, and some of the more conventional ways.
Starting my own meetup, entitled “Travel Spirit Meetup”, enabled me to take 13 people through 9 countries in Europe for a month in the summer of 2014, 6 people to Turkey in 2015, 3 people through 3 countries in Central America in 2016, and 2 people through 8 countries in Europe for a month in the summer of 2016! I’ve had time to take some photography classes and am now a Photographer and Travel Writer for Cincinnati Refined, in addition to taking senior, family, and other types of photographs through my own business.
Teaching myself how to use Lightroom, making over 250 new Recipes in 18 months, and starting this blog which now has over 5,000 followers have been a few of my recent accomplishments. Hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon solo, finishing my first half marathon, hiking for over 3 days to Machu Picchu in Peru, sky diving, and traveling over 5,000 miles in an Overland Truck through six African countries, camping most of the way are a few more.
I’m a Veteran having served in the U.S. Army for four years, stationed in Germany for the majority of that time and have my B.A. in Business from the University of Texas at Dallas. I live in a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio and have a 28-year-old son on his own.
I’m a Life Hugger and hope to inspire others with my positive enthusiasm and set an example of what someone can accomplish at any age!
*******Check out my photography website: http://www.sherrylachellephotography.com*******
Remember…don’t take yourself or life too seriously! Some parting photos…I like to pick up people. It started on my 1st honeymoon in Cancun in 1987…
p.s. I stopped doing that after the trip to Turkey in 2015…too hard on my back. 🙂