My name is Laura Schwecherl and I am a 29-year-old who successfully escaped New York City and now lives in Boulder, Colorado. I'm a middle distance runner turned marathoner, though my favorite form of exercise is hiking. I love mountains, music, tacos, and whiskey. I am very grateful.
Work is also really important to me. I worked for a media startup Greatist, where I discovered the power of collaboration with smart people to create meaningful change. After volunteering with Watsi, I moved full-heartedly into the impact sector and joined the global health organization, Possible, which delivers healthcare in rural Nepal. My experience with Possible is hard to put into words, but I tried to do so here and here.
In addition to "real work," writing has always been a core part of my life. This corner of the Internet is a space to take my constant, swirling thoughts and bring them to life.
Perhaps most importantly, I LOVE alpacas, llamas, goats, and camels - in that order <3.
I went to Skidmore College and studied Anthropology. I played trumpet and sang a lot. In 2008 I studied in Ghana, and came back with a different understanding of the world, and a different purpose for my life.
After college I went on a road trip around the country with my best friend, and the gorgeous adventure instilled in me a happiness I had never know. It's what motivated me to start my first blog, Camping Out in America, which simultaneously exposed me to the weird wonders of writing online for strangers and friends alike.
When we returned back east, I moved to DC, where I dabbled in a few different jobs (Smithsonian, NGO startup, restaurant gig). Then I flew across the country to join a band, where I sang and played the glockenspiel. We traveled in a van that ran on vegetable oil. It was a bit crazy, but super fun.
After touring, I found myself in New York City, the city I swore I'd never live in. Yet, no matter how soul-crushing living in New York can be, the amount I've grown is near impossible to put into words. The people I surround myself with may never know the impact they've made on my life.
Plus, I made sure that my staying put in one place for five years didn't stop me from living an adventure-filled life. I have a huge fear of flying and an equal addiction to travel (...makes things interesting) and have been camping, hiking, working, and running all around the world—panic attacks in-flight always included.
To end this spiel, one of my favorites quotes is from Herman Hesse in Siddhartha. He writes:
My hope is to achieve that balance of being driven and focused, while open to other opportunities life may throw my way. I'm happiest when moving, but am also trying to slow down and breathe—to let life meet me halfway.