Hey there! And welcome to my little corner of the internet. I’m Laura – the writer behind this here blog and lover of all things travel and outdoor rec.
I’ve always been drawn to the idea of living an adventurous life but often felt like I wasn’t brave enough, skilled enough, or fit enough to dive into new activities or to embrace a life of travel. I spent many years living through the stories and photos on other people’s blogs, while doing few of the things I really wanted to be doing.
In 2010, I closed down my business, overcame all kinds of self-doubt, and spent 10 weeks exploring Europe by bus, train, and boat. On that trip, I learned that you don’t have to be some fearless, intrepid explorer in order to live a life of adventure. Since then, I’ve made a point of doing more of what I love – like backpacking through bear country, kayaking down rivers, and traveling every chance I get.
I started An Ordinary Existence as a place to share my stories and, hopefully, to inspire others like me to go after what they want – even if that means bringing fear, insecurity, and uncertainty along for the ride.
These days, most of my adventures center around outdoor pursuits, enjoying lake life at our cabin, traveling at home and abroad, and embracing life as a dog mom.
I hope you enjoy following along!