Welcome to Understanding Intent!
I’m Allison. 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 that 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 four years after I started this journey, I have moved back the U.S. and am living in Boston. I am thankful to be in graduate school studying public policy to learn how I can develop policies that improve the quality of life of citizens around the world. I am energized in the day to day by the lectures, readings, discussions and electrifying atmosphere of Harvard University.
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.