The Beautiful Occupation is about living fully and living freely. It’s about mustering the courage to step into the unknown with your heart wide open, and the willingness to truly experience whatever comes next: the fear, the joy, the boredom, the exhilaration – all of it.
I’m Adrian. Someone who’s perspective on life was forever changed by travel. Since graduating from the University of North Texas back in 1999, I’ve either been living abroad, or working & saving to do so. Over the past decade I’ve done whatever it took to keep myself afloat and the passion I have for travel alive.
Tending bar in the Greek Islands, working on a boat off the East Coast of Australia, waiting tables in London, teaching English in Guatemala, Cambodia & Vietnam, and also spending my fair share of time in SE Asia buying and selling Thai & Burmese handmade silver.
I recently lost my dad, who has always been a pillar of strength and guidance. Although the loss fractured my foundation, he was always supportive of me following my heart. He recognized what traveling the world did for me and meant to me. And for this, I will always feel lucky and grateful. After all, it was he who suggested that I see as much of this world as possible, and open my heart and mind to it all.
Hi, I’m Ashlie, an eternally optimistic and highly energetic kind of girl with an insatiable curiosity and love for life.
I’ve spent the last eight years pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. I’ve healed old wounds and let go of resentments. I’ve embraced my imperfections and owned my beauty. I’ve left behind the comfortable on behalf of the magical. It has been the most worthwhile adventure I could have ever imagined and if there’s one thing it’s taught me it’s that freedom is worth any price.
All that is shared here is an offering, my attempt to add a little more light and possibility to the world.
A few things I wholeheartedly believe …
• I am perfect just the way I am (and so are you).
• The only real evil in the world is ignorance.
• The truth will absolutely set you free.
• No matter what you’re dealing with, love and compassion is the answer.
• An open-heart and an open-mind are two of the most valuable things you can ever possess.
• It’s never too late to live the life you’ve always imagined. Ever!