Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer
TRAVELER, ADVENTURER, DREAMER
I grew up in New Hampshire, receiving an Occupational Therapy degree from the University of New Hampshire. Post graduation, I lived on Martha’s Vineyard for 3 years, while working in their school system. As much as I loved island life, I was craving more. I decided to pack up the car (and pup) and travel across the country with no specific destination in mind. Upon arriving to California, I found a job and moved to Los Angeles, living in a beach town just south of the city. With minimal friends, and lots of free time, I decided to try online dating, where I met Josh in November of 2014. I spent a total of 3 years in California, working in a school system, as well as a lovely pediatric clinic.
TRAVELER, ADVENTURER, PHOTOGRAPHER
I grew up in Orange County, California. When I was 18, I tried a couple of college classes and realized I definitely wasn’t ready for that. I enrolled in the Army, and just before my 19th birthday arrived at boot camp. Fast forward a couple years and I found myself flying into Kuwait, getting ready to spend the next year in Baghdad. After I got back from Iraq, I realized I had some irritation issues among other things, but I just assumed it was normal. Fast forward 10 years and I finally came to terms with the fact that I had been suffering from PTSD. I spent most of 2015 and 2016 researching PTSD and learning more about myself. Since leaving the military, I have been carving out a career in IT, doing everything from call centers to system administrators, and most recently a project manager. After moving around as much as I had, I figured the easiest way to start dating again was to sign up on Match.com and try to see what was out there. That’s where I met this cutie from New Hampshire.
As we both stated, we met on good old match.com and dated for 5 months. Unfortunately, timing wasn’t working out and distance (including the dreadful 405 Freeway) made it difficult. After going our separate ways for a while, we reconnected and a friendship grew instead. Through dinner dates, house projects, car issues, and adventures with our dogs, trust and friendship continued to build between us. In an effort to heal and diminish his PTSD symptoms, Josh decided to venture to an Ayahusca retreat in Peru. Within a week of being there, Laura received a voicemail from him in Peru, stating that he had been an idiot this whole time, and realized how much he loved and cared for her. Ayahusca opened his eyes, helped to bring his walls down, and helped him learn to trust and love again. She had simply been waiting that whole time.
With both us having an eagerness to explore and travel, we have decided to try full-time living in an RV, with our fur-children, Nooks and Reese. We are bound to face challenges, but after all this time of growing together, our communication and understanding of one another has built a solid foundation. We can’t wait to see what this next chapter uncovers.