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The Wandering Sunflower

An adventure blog dedicated to my immense wanderlust; following the mishaps, tales & spontaneity of my life!

Hi there and welcome to my happy, little travel blog!

This blog has been my dear friend and confidant for nearly a decade. It’s followed me to Europe, Oceania, throughout the U.S. and will continue to follow along with me on travels until the end of days. It’s in this blog that I tell my outlandish stories of intrepid travel but it’s also where my published articles and professional works reside. I’m a traveler in my soul and a writer at heart. I’ve combined these two passions of mine into a beautiful love child that will continue to grow for the years to come. I’m glad you’re here and I hope you stick around a while.

The Latest

Alaska Bound!

Back in 2018, my partner and I made the decision to move to Alaska. We made this decision based solely on the fact that we’d never been there and had always wanted to go. Did we have any contacts? No. Did we have a job lined up when we made this decision? No. Did weContinue reading “Alaska Bound!”

FROM READERS: MU grad reflects on her year abroad as a nanny in Paris

MEGAN SUDDARTH / MISSOURIAN READER Oct 21, 2015 For access to the original publication, click here. Everyone always asks you when you’re young, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a child, you think you’re supposed to know. As if the answer is set in stone, and something that you overwhelminglyContinue reading “FROM READERS: MU grad reflects on her year abroad as a nanny in Paris”

A Few of My Favorite Things

The Nanny Chronicles

From cute, little stories of daily life to full blown accounts of my time in Paris as a whole, find out what my life as an au pair in Paris was really like!

Backpacking New Zealand

Read all about my crazy escapades throughout New Zealand with just a couple bags, my best at my side and an adventurer’s attitude!

Life in the Grand Canyon

Living as a local in Grand Canyon National Park changed my life in so many ways. Read all about how I was changed by the beauty of one of the Seven Wonders of the World here!



The Greatest

Hobbiton – The Shire

TODAY WAS THE BEST DAY EVER. I WENT TO HOBBITON.  I SAW THE BEAUTIFUL SHIRE. I WALKED THE PATHS OF BAG END.  I can’t believe that I was finally able to go. I remember falling in love with Tolkien when I was just in middle school. Now, here I am, years later and I sawContinue reading “Hobbiton – The Shire”

Stockholm, man.

Okay, so I realize that this post is a bit late seeing as how I was in Stockholm a little over two weeks ago but better late than never! So, without further ado, a story in photographs.     Sweden was absolutely beautiful and as you can see, I had a blast. Special shout out toContinue reading “Stockholm, man.”

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