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.
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.