Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that — that is what life is.  You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that’s really special and if you’re not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself.

Why Gypsy Liz?

I’ve been a dreamer my whole life (shameless INFP here); day dreaming of foreign languages, traditions, heritages, food, and lands outside of my hometown. My great grandma, Ruth Cleugh, was a life-long traveler and my childhood was filled with stories from her travels and spontaneity.

At 82 — widowed and strong-willed as ever — she packed her bags and traveled solo to eastern Europe. Her novel Gypsy Liz was the epitome of a pre-Internet travelogue that documented her thoughts, encounters, and excitement during the early 1970s. I hope to capture a glimmer of her style and adventurous nature through my travels and site.