About

I’m a flower child who was raised on sun shine & rock n’ roll along the sandy shores of Oak Island, North Carolina. A town that’s approximately 14 miles long and 7,000 people strong. I like to say, if my heart were a compass it would lead you dancing, reading, writing, and traveling.

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I can’t carry a tune to save my life, but I consider music’ my religion and Bob Dylan the Pope. Although I haven’t taken a lesson in years, I still prefer to dance my way through life rather than walk.

I am a US Historian by major, but a writer by nature.

During my undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill, I focused my studies on the world beyond 1900 / the political & social movements of 20th century America. For my thesis I explored the politicization of rock n’ roll and how it created a medium of communication within the counterculture movement. I sought to answer the question, “why did Woodstock, and it’s three days of peace, love, and music, come to represent the 1960’s as a whole which was America’s most violent, volatile, and divisive decade?”

Realizing I had more questions than answers, I decided to take inspiration from my counterculture predecessors and solo-backpack around the world after graduating from university.  IMG_1672

28 months road been my home, address unknown, stress? Little to none.

I originally planned to wander around Europe and South East Asia for eight months. Well… In the end traveled for two & a half years, exploring five continents and over twenty countries.

Northern California currently serves as my home base where I live with my boyfriend Brennan and pet cat Jake (Jake adopted us.) Brennan and I met while I was pin-balling around the west coast and living out of my car in 2017. We spent a few months traveling across Africa and Europe before officially dating and now the rest is history in the making. The two of us have some worldly expeditions planned, but in the meantime, we are living the farmer life. 

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When my hands aren’t in the dirt, pressing flowers, making jam, baking bread, or preforming any other task the farm life call for, they are crafting poetry, satire, historical fiction, or thought pieces. 

IMG_1090Living a stones throw from the ocean my whole life means a piece of my soul will always reside in the sand. Yet, I keep my arms open to adventure with passport firmly in hand. It may sound like my head is up in the clouds, but stick with me and you’ll see I’m pretty down to Earth. 

I’m attracted to street art, a firm believer it’s never too cold for ice cream, I praise the Gods for the love of oatmeal, possess horribull spelling skills, but an insatiable appetite for vocabulary, I photograph all that catches my eye, and find entomology enthralling, but have a mild phobia of stickers.

I’ve been known to; craft in the woods, throw a pretzel stick arm during a friendly bout of hacky sack, habitually lock my keys in my car, prattle in a fake British accent, laugh at my own corny puns, rap a lil’ Eminem and dance like a wacky-waving inflatable arm man.

I am a part time vegetarian, but a full time wanderer starving to live life like my favorite pair of red Vans. 

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Stay tuned, one of these days I just might come to a city near you!

Cheers & Always Good Vibes,

Rita