I first heard about Arizona, in my Geography class in secondary school. I remember writing a paper about life in the desert. I had no idea then, that almost 17 years later I would get the chance to move to Arizona and spend 2 years and 5 months calling it home.
Arizona, quickly welcomed me with loving arms, for it was a wounded soul that showed up at her door, seeking warmth and healing. It was also the perfect place for me to experience winter, summer, and monsoon season, all in the space of one year. It revived my sense of adventure that had long lain dormant. It challenged me to go beyond my comfort zone, as it dared me with it’s amazing landscape scenery. It wrote me a love song every morning and evening with its sunrise and sunset.
Tempe proved to be just my kind of city. Glendale was terrific because I got to attend the Thunderbird campus before it moved to Phoenix.
The Grand Canyon in winter was a sight to behold. I was amazed that there was snow in what many assume is just desert.
However, it was at Sedona that I was challenged when I went hiking with friends. It brought back memories of climbing Mt Mumpu in Zambia with my classmates when I was 15.
There were many times I felt like giving up while hiking those beautiful red hills and mountains. But with the encouragement of my friends and the remembrance of the 15-year-old who made it to the top of Mt Mumpu, I never gave up.
Enjoying nature allowed me to reflect and be inspired to be authentic. It meant admitting my fears while being bold to try out new experiences like going to the Lower Antelope Canyon. Now for a girl like me who does not like heights, I think I did a pretty good job.
Have you ever gone on an exciting adventure that pushed you to try new things?
What are some places you would like to visit?
I can't wait to go on some more adventures.