EMILY JEAN Adventurer

My name is Emily, I’m 27, and I live in Coeur d’Alene. I’m an English major at NIC and work as an adventure consultant, which is totally awesome. In the near future my goals are to finish a Bachelor’s degree at some point, get serious about a savings account, and get back to the gym!

1. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? How do you plan to get there? It’s hard for me to say specifically. I hope I’ve figured out what I want to be when I grow up, but more importantly I hope I’m happy. Single or married, I don’t think I mind. I see myself as having traveled a lot more, but probably still living in the Pacific Northwest. I will have a really nice garden, and at least one cat I’m sure. I will get there by working hard and trying new things, and really learning how to garden.

2. What did you want to be ‘when you grow up?’ How has this affected the person that you are today? As a child (and adult), I’ve wanted to be a teacher, a photographer, a writer, a sports agent, a stylist, a Broadway star, etc. I think it’s no wonder I feel so open toward so many different career paths, but I’m not taking it too seriously yet. I really enjoy what I do right now, and I applied to work for this company on a whim! I think that’s as good a sign as any that I shouldn’t box myself in too much, career-wise.

3. One of the things I love most about you is that you are YOU. You don’t care of what anyone else thinks. How have you allowed yourself to truly let go of the opinions of others? Well I definitely care what people think of me, I mean I would prefer that people think I’m a nice person! Oh you’re talking about how I dress… I think at some point, I just lost a lot of the insecure teenager stuff most of us have. Aside from social contracts and basic human decency, I try to just do what makes me happy. Being happy and free (to a respectable extent) just feels better than worrying about who might have an issue with how I roll.

“I try my hardest, feel my feelings, and then laugh it off.”

4. What’s been the biggest challenge in your life so far? How did you conquer it? For me, all my challenges have dulled with time. Everything feels like a huge ordeal when you’re in it, so it’s hard to pick a “biggest.” Certain challenges have taught me that I’m good at two things: keeping a sense of humor, and just never giving up. I try my hardest, feel my feelings, and then laugh it off.

5. Tell us about your biggest accomplish in life so far. How has this changed to you? Previously I would probably say that my biggest accomplishments were work-related. But in the last few years, a lot of little accomplishments have collectively become my biggest, which was deciding that I was going to actively participate in figuring out what this world had to offer me. I left a job that I didn’t hate, but was not challenging and a complete disinterest to me entirely. I stopped schlepping around working from home all the time, and went back to school. I took a shot and tried my hand at a job in an industry that was foreign to me (pun) that I now love. I stopped being complacent about myself and what I was putting my energy into. Nothing too dramatic, probably a typical quarter-life crisis. But I feel a downright zest from breaking out of those hum-drum years.

“I want to conquer my crippling fear of heights, join a cover band, learn to make my own clothes like Romy and Michelle, learn to make wine…”

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6. What’s something that you had to learn the hard way? To drive a stick-shift, or have no car to drive. Do you have a bucket list? Physical or only on your mind? Tell us about a few of your goals in life, big or small. Not a physical one, mostly travel destinations. Without a doubt, I’d like to go to space more than anything on earth. I want to conquer my crippling fear of heights, join a cover band, learn to make my own clothes like Romy and Michelle, learn to make wine. Let my hair go gray when it wants to, keep it long forever like a crazy old hippie lady.

7. What is one way you have paid it forward? Usually by over-tipping in restaurants. Last winter I was involved in one of those situations in a Starbucks drive-thru, and I almost cried.

8. What other advice would you give to the readers of 2147miles.com? “Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.” Brake for crosswalks people, come on! We all have to live here!

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