About Me

Welcome to Understanding Intent!

I’m Allison (or Allie, as some of you might know me).

I was born in South Carolina and studied in Nashville. I began my career as an investment banking analyst in Atlanta and San Francisco. I enjoyed living the big city life and sharing a bottle of wine with friends.

I felt, however, as if there were something missing. Weekend trips to Lake Tahoe and a window office overlooking the bay, all made me feel like I had somehow “made it in life.” What I couldn’t understand though was “why”.

Instead of pondering these thoughts from my charming, Victorian apartment in San Francisco, I packed my bags. All in search for the answer to the question, “what is the purpose of life?”


I began my journey in Kenya. I was consulting with businesses had positive social and environmental impacts. I began to recognize the importance of change, by challenging preconceived notions and by understanding what was truly important in daily life. Then, unexpectedly, I fell in love with a handsome and philosophizing Colombian.

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Although I did not speak any Spanish, I decided to continue my journey to Bogota, Colombia. Together, we immersed ourselves in Colombian culture, as we learned more about love and life together. I started to understand how to love someone unconditionally and the joy of being welcomed into a family that wasn’t my own.

After another year, my journey continued to Brazil. Here, the love of my life and I lived like locals and took up Portuguese. I learned how to live life slower and more thoughtfully, sharing meals with Airbnb hosts and riding bicycles around new landscapes.

Now three years after I started this journey, I have moved back the US and am living in New York City. I am thankful to reconnect in-person with friends and family and am energized by the opportunity to get to know this one of a kind city, filled with global citizens.


I take life day by day. Moment by moment. Understanding intent is just part of how we make the most of these short and, at times, complicated lives we live.

I use this blog to share my reflections on life, as I seek to discover what it is we are all doing here. Please feel free to share your thoughts, while we all seek to understand intent and the purpose of life.

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One thought on “About Me

  1. Hi

    My name is Joyce, I am a marketing executive at expatfinder.com which is a leading expat information and services website.

    I saw on your blog that you are and expat. I wish to interview you to further share some of your tips. The questions are mainly about the housing, the daily life etc.

    It just takes 5 minutes (or more depending if you have lots to say 🙂

    Of course, if you accept we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.

    If you are interested to participate at this project, please send me an email at interview@expatfinder.com.


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