Hi I’m Jessie Elizabeth and I’m so glad you’re here!
Since a very young age I have been obsessed with travel and having a life that felt like my own. As a teen I remember asking my mum if I could study abroad, with her giving me the resolute answer of NO. In my mind this was far from acceptable, I craved a life lived abroad and all the adventures it would bring me. And now that dream is a reality.
Originally this website and blog was purchased and nurtured as a way to share my travels and travel related experiences. Yet, as life does it threw in a few curve balls and I am no longer a girl who just wants to travel - I want so much more and I want the same for you.
I have realised that the whole journey and concept of ‘Until You Find It’ is bigger than travel. For me travel is a big deal, but finding what I am looking for in life has become a wider search because I am not ever going to be satisfied with a life that someone else has laid out for me. I don’t want societies norm, I don’t want what everyone else has. I want a life that is mine and I want you to be brave enough to go after a life that’s all yours.
My adventure so far has been unforgettable, it has included being a high school teacher, becoming a certified yoga teacher, meeting amazing people all over the world, building long lasting relationships, teaching, traveling and learning. But more than anything else my journey so far has taught me how important it is to follow your own bliss, to own your life, and to follow your intuition. There is no one else more qualified than you to take ownership of your life.
Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t just become an adult that had all the answers and I sure as hell still don’t! I have had jobs that I hated, been told that I am ‘anti-management’, tried and failed at various creative pursuits, argued with my family and had my heart broken. I am human, don’t worry. I am right there with you.
However, for me, the stand out moment of really taking charge of my own life and happiness came when I started yoga. I don’t really know how to explain it other than it awoke something within me. I started to care less about what others thought and I became more aware of the areas of my life where I was falling mindlessly into social norms that I didn’t even agree with.
The feeling of waking up, of coming out of the daze that takes hold of you when you have been on the, ‘social-norm conveyor belt’ for too long is the greatest feeling. All of a sudden I stopped playing the blame game. For so long I had blamed so many things that I was unhappy with on the people around me, like I was walking around with some giant chip on my shoulder.
The truth is that other people, gosh the world in general doesn’t owe you anything - if you want something out of your own life, you better be prepared to go get it. And so I did. I did all the things that made me happy and started saying ‘no’ to all the things and people that didn’t. It wasn’t always easy, it wasn’t even a quick process but it was the most worthwhile. And everyday I still wake up knowing that I have choices to make and only I can make the ones that are best for me.
My hope is that this blog stirs your curiosity and lights a spark within you that is rearing and willing to work towards the life you want. Through journaling, yoga and meditation I have been able to really check in and pay attention to my intuition and desires.
Traveling ,my first love, has opened me up to how other people in the world live and the joy that is possible if only you open yourself to it. It has taught me what it is to be a kind and generous human and that we all have a lot more in common than we think.
Listening to my instincts and following my intuition hasn’t always been easy but it has lead me this far and it’s my hope that following yours has lead you here.
Most recently I have followed my intuition to Scotland, where the universe put me in the path of my other, sometimes better half, Joe. I followed my intuition again to to meet him in China for the first time and now we live together in Edinburgh, Scotland, a city that I truly adore.
I live abroad, I travel, I meet new people, listen to stories and share my own.
I am not prepared to live a life that that doesn’t bring me joy, even on the hard days and I am willing to work for it - I really hope that you feel the exact same way.
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