I was born a preacher’s kid in small-town south Georgia, USA, and through a chain of events throughout my childhood and teen years, growing up in and moving around both Georgia and Texas, I developed a passion to see the world. Therefore, right after graduating from college in 2002, I scored a job in entertainment with Carnival Cruise Lines.
I spent a year sailing around the Caribbean, Alaska, and Hawaii before being drawn to the bright lights, big city of Los Angeles, where I worked as a personal trainer. Feeling antsy, I escaped L.A. after a year and moved to Seoul, South Korea, where I taught English to Korean children. After a year, I set off on an 8-month solo backpacking trip wandering around Southeast Asia, India, and the Middle East, discovering Dubai in the process. I moved to Dubai in 2006 (originally as a yoga instructor–more on that here), determined to finally settle down somewhere for more than a year.
In 2008, after living the high life in Dubai for two years, I fell off my balcony in a freak accident and suffered a spinal cord injury, paralyzing me from the waist down. I refused to accept a future in a wheelchair; through hard work, resiliency, stubbornness, pride, denial, and a huge dose of good luck, I recovered some of my function and today walk on crutches. Having conquered that whole walking business, I was determined to continue to see the world, take on new adventures, and discover the new (and improved?) me, one squeaky, wobbly, ungraceful step at a time!
And so, in 2013, I set off on a one-year backpacking trip through Central and South America–on crutches, carrying a backpack, 85% paralyzed below the waist, a diagnosed paraplegic, all by myself. It was an incredible, healing experience, and now I know without a doubt that nothing is out of my reach.
I now live in London with my husband, where I’m learning how to navigate the Tube on crutches, figuring out what I want to do when I grow up, and making peace with the unpredictable weather!
This website, A Tale of Two Legs, was born out of my love for travel, my rediscovered devotion to yoga, and my adventurous road to recovery. I hope you enjoy!