About Me

desertI 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.

tifIn 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!

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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!

20 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Kim Blocker

    I can hardly wait to start our journey. This is going to be a fabulous year for you Tiffany. I’m as proud of you as if you were my own daughter. Safe journey sweet girl!

    Kim

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  2. Renata Giovannoni

    Awesome Tif, you go girl!!! I can’t wait to read about your incredible journey throughout the year! Sending you oodles of love! 🙂
    Ren xxx

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  3. Barbara Morgan

    You have always delighted me so I am looking forward to reading about your adventures in the future!
    Warmly, Barbara

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  4. Dianna Sanchez

    Tiff you are the most enthusiastic person I know. You have such a bright future ahead of you. I only wish you the best! I want to be the first to get a copy of your book.
    You go girl:)

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  5. Jovian

    An utterly inspirational story and one that gives the lie to so many of the excuses we give in life for not getting off our backsides and doing something we want to. Looking forward to hearing more of your tales 🙂

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  6. Dean saunders

    You enrich people’s lives wherever you and your crutches take you tiff…now get on with it my favourite ‘Sherman tank’ (except john wayne of course lol) still waiting or to visit me so I can show you York and the beautiful Yorkshire dales! Dean xxx7

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  7. debs

    everytime a read something…I’m kicked in the arse to keep moving all over again. You are such an inspiration my friend. now quit licking things! hahahaah xxxx

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  8. rareaware

    you are beyond amazing, love how youve let nothing stop you from what you want to do. Im trying to find your footbrace entry, Ill keep going through your facinating blog. :))

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