Thursday, August 12, 2010

Ready, set, go.

This is my very first attempt to blog. HELP! I am by no means a writer, so I don't expect to write lengthy entries every day nor will I hang such an impossible goal over my head. My hope is to simply share some of my experience with you in the most enjoyable and honest way I can. Images, stories, epiphanies, emotional breakdowns... you get the idea.

Just a quick explanation of the name I’ve chosen ‘gyspygolightly’. What a stressful process. This was on par with choosing my first AIM name and my ‘professional’ email account. I just tried to focus on my goal for the blog and what would be featured the most: my life.

I realize that by it's true definition I don't represent a ‘gypsy’ at all. However, my very best friend called me one after hearing about my most recent travel plans and I felt really at home with the word. That’s the only way I can describe it. Of course I was relating to the very American connotations of a gypsy: being free to wander, without burden of' possessions, some times mischievous (this last one is not really me but I like to pretend to be a little bit bad).

‘golightly' just sort of popped in my head with a really good ring to it. It’s a product of my obvious obsession with Audrey Hepburn and her character in Breakfast at Tiffany's, Holly Golightly, But also, I thought it held a much deeper meaning that balanced out its slightly harsher counterpart.

The next stop for me is the Republic of Georgia. I leave this weekend with very little information about the what’s, where’s and when’s. The program I am going through his called Teach and Learn in Georgia. Feel free to check out the webpage for more info on the goal of the program (

I truly love my current wander-some lifestyle and all the opportunities it has afforded me. In all of my travels I’ve found which is my most valuable quality on the road(come to think of it, pretty much everywhere): light-heartedness.

I’m very excited about this new adventure and even more excited to share it with all of you. You know who you are: family and friends who have been there since the beginning and the very special people I meet along the way who make each experience so much richer.


  1. Go safely Miss Stephanie, we love you !

  2. I just subscribed to your blog!

  3. This made me teary eyed (I'm a tad emotional about your departure). Despite my separation anxiety, I'm so proud of you and look forward to reading about your adventures- as well as skyping with you and hearing about the even more fun ones ;) I love you, my bestest friend, and I know you will conquer this just like all the other adventures

  4. Hi there Stephanie, I enjoyed reading your posts. I have applied for TLG program and am trying to sort out my medicals before I go. Seems like a different world over there. I was very impressed with your photos and was wondering what camera and lens you are using? I am looking around for one to take right now. Can you email me back? My email is Also, like to ask a couple of questions about Georgia as well. Look forward to hearing from you. Linda (Auckland, New Zealand).