About Misfit Wanders (that’s me) is that I am an American lady that loves to travel. For almost 5 years now, I have lived in Sweden, where I’ve been being a misfit that wanders. This is where my hubby and I are working on renovating our dream home as well along with taking care of our wild child! Oh, and I’m studying at a University in Sweden. It gets hard when the time comes that the travel bug whispers in my ear to travel. I still travel, just not as long as I use to and it has turned into a family trip. My hubby, me, our baby, and my mom. In Sweden, there are several hikes and outdoor areas that I love to visit in Sweden which fill my desire to travel for a bit.
Check out One Moment Please Podcast to learn a bit more about me. I talk with Fiona about my traumatic brain injury, my hitchhiking days, and when I was a weed farmer. Besides that, I’ve been interviewed by Lisa from Choose Your Happy Place Podcast.
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With this blog, I write about my experiences, adventures, and I create little stories of other worlds. My stories that I have are here for all to see. So, if you want to feel like you’re some where else, take a step into my writings and learn about the experiences I had or wander through the trails as I had. Enjoy the way I describe or just write.
Sometimes I get lost in my mind. So, some of my writings might be a reflection of that. But mostly, nowadays I work on articles to help like minded outdoor lovers take to the trails or prepare for a trip to a country. I can get a little intense when it comes to politics! But most of the articles I write about focus on my hikes and adventures throughout Sweden. Plus, my traveling trips from places I’ve been to. Writing about these calms my mind and I get to enjoy nature, one of my favorite pass times!
I am a misfit and never have really fit in. As a child, that bothered me. I was always the oddball in a group of friends or even in the family. But now, I cherish it. It has made me into the person that I am today. My perspective is different because of how I have been the outcast. Thus, I created, Misfit Wanders! This is a place that other nature lovers can check out and plan a trip to Sweden to take on the hiking trails or have adventures within the wilderness! There’s even a place on this website that can help you plan your next trip!
After a long road of being pregnant and having self doubt, I have created a children’s book. I can’t believe that I’m finally making it a reality! Now, this self published book is on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Ingram Sparks if you’re interested! The story is about a lost little dragon who lets his stubbornness get the best of him. But he soon realizes that he NEEDS help. There’s this great article I’ve written that’s dedicated to traveling with kids and how this book is best to bring with. Let me know if you’re interested in the book! I can send you a free e-book of it. Then it would be much appreciated if you give me a review on Amazon in return!
I was in a fatal car crash, where I had to re-learn how to walk and use my brain. This was when I was traveling to California for work from South Dakota. It was black ice that did it and the accident turned into a 7 car pile up. Luckily, I was the last one there. I got a Traumatic Brain Injury from it. Nowadays, I’m thankful to be alive and finally, I feel like myself again! From this accident, I learned that you should never give up and It’s my stubbornness that helped me keep pushing to get better. This happened about 9 years ago, and to this day, I still have some issues here and there.
I used to be a weed farmer in Northern Cali for about 5 years. It was great spending everyday outdoors on a mountainside since I enjoy hiking and being in nature! The place I stayed at had no reception or internet. So, it was the perfect place for me to reflect on myself, since I had nothing to distract me. It was just me and my doggie living on that mountain for around 4-6 months of the year. Then a crew of people came to help harvest would show up, and I would have to work on socializing with humans again!
For around a year or so, I hitch hiked the west coast of USA. I even tried train hopping. That is a whole different kind of world in itself. Hitch hiking helped me realize how to judge a person within 10 seconds, and I also learned there are still good people in the world. I felt what it was like to be poor and not certain on where I would sleep for the night as well. With this kind of experience, it really opened my eyes and helped me become humble. Now, I try not to take anything for granted.
I have family all over in the US, so I have traveled a lot. My hubby and I had a 6 month road trip in the states as our honeymoon. We traveled in our van with our dog and two cats! My hubby and I created a bed frame in our van where underneath we could store many items. Then, on top of it, was our bed! Our cats’ lives, at that time, was spent more on the road than in one place!
My whole life, I have been about equality for all. So I’m a feminist. Since living in Sweden, I have joined the Feminist Initiative political party. Being a feminist just means that I believe everyone should be treated the same, no matter gender, race, sex preference or age.
So, I have a problem. I tend to take on a lot all at once. For example, right now, I’m a mom of a 2-year-old, I’m a full time student and I’m learning Spanish. On top of that, I’m writing a hiking book and have finished a children’s book. And I can’t forget, I’m working on my travel blog… Yup, I may overdo it at times.
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