So, what's this all about? 

Sometimes I get stuck—caught in a cycle of overanalysis. There are infinite facets to every choice, every relationship, and every moment. These thoughts, like thorns on a wild rose, tug at my sleeves. But I've been learning to let go; to avoid getting entangled in the unruly weeds that creep into my mind. Any forest can be tamed. I take big steps to avoid the thickets I know will scratch and focus my attention on the budding flowers. Once in a while, I'll stumble into a clearing and be overcome by simple, childlike glee.

Writing, usually in the form of late night scribbles into leather-bound pages, has been my outlet to reflect on my day-to-day happenings and the swirling thoughts that accompany them. Over the last year, I have gone through almost six journals. I rarely share what I write, but I decided to give self-publishing a try. Each story is related to the notion of getting beyond the brambles.

What have I learned so far?

Well, life can be wild walk in the woods. But if you move the thorns out of the way, you'll find that the flowers are beautiful.

Raised in Switzerland with an American Dad and a Peruvian Mum, I moved to the US when I was 18, first for university in Philadelphia and then to work in San Francisco. In July 2019, I quit my job and stored my life in a warehouse. I spent the next seven months backpacking, mountaineering, and scuba diving my way across 13 countries. I am now back in Switzerland for a brief stint working as a freelance marketer and indulging my creative side with writing, mosaics, and soulful solo karaoke sessions in the kitchen. 

To see more of my travels, feel free to check out my Instagram at michelle.riband

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