Hey You! I’m so happy you’re here!
I’m Jessie and I’m the girl behind Jessie’s Journeys. These days, I’m your typical adventure and hiking enthusiast, but it hasn’t always been that way.
Growing up in California, much of my life was spent indoors as I trained long hours everyday to be a competitive gymnast. I was fortunate enough to travel around the US for competitions and that’s when my love for travel sparked. Once my gymnastics career ended, I coached competitively throughout my college career. My time was devoted to my studies, working, and my sorority. Hobbies? What are those? After graduation, I pursued a Master’s degree in Seattle. At that point, my life was again devoted to my studies and working. Every ounce of free time I had was spent exploring every square inch this city had to offer.
Once I completed my Master’s program, I finally had time to figure out what was most important to me. What made me feel most alive. This was new territory for me. For once I had to really think about what was going to occupy my time outside of working a career, I felt so free, yet so lost. I realized that outside of my studies, I didn’t have a whole lot of things I enjoyed. I knew I loved to travel, so I started exploring more of the West Coast. I quickly learned how much I love planning and putting together itineraries. Hey, what do you know, my first hobby.
In true PNW fashion, I started spending more time outside. I would do a hike here and there. I wish I remembered the exact moment, or hike, when I realized I was developing a serious obsession with the outdoors. Thinking back, I don’t know that it was even a particular moment. Instead, it was a collection of struggling moments that ended in feelings of accomplishment, with views I had only ever seen on Instagram that really did it for me.
I want to use this space as a way to encourage others to explore. You don’t have to hike, you don’t even have to travel far, but I want to inspire you to seek out adventure, so you too can begin to see the things you only ever saw online.