Hi, I’m Jeanean Ayala and the big sis of this operation.
By day I work as a public relations executive for an agency in New York City. My agency focuses on marketing, advertising and PR solely in the U.S. Hispanic market. I get to be creative in a field that directly speaks to people just like me, and I love it. And on top of that, the job also gives me a chance to brush up on my español!
By night I work on finding time to basically do all the things that I love, including:
- Working on this blog (duh!)
- Reading anything I can get my hands on
- Catching up on my favorite podcasts, YouTube channels and TV shows
- Traveling and discovering as much as I can (even if it’s in my own city)
- Eating and learning to cook
- …. sometimes even just finding time to do absolutely nothing. No plans. No to-do lists.
In our family, I’m the traveler. The wanderer. I yearned to see and do and experience more than the small life I had known in my small town. At 18, I packed up my stuff and moved across the country to go to college in Massachusetts. It was the best decision I ever made. Since then, a big part of me has always remained a little restless… but in the best sense of the word.
That small decision opened up a world of possibilities to me, and I haven’t truly settled down since. I got to study abroad for a year in my parents’ native Mexico. During graduate school, I lived in London for three months and explored all around Europe as much as I could. I’ve traveled to the the Caribbean twice, and I’ve jetted to a number of cities and states throughout the U.S. Since 2002, I’ve moved 6 times and have lived in 5 cities and 2 additional countries. I’ve had some truly amazing and breathtaking experiences, have met some incredible people and have collected some of the greatest friends ever. My dream travel list never stops growing – it’s both frustrating and motivating at the same time.
When I’m not traveling (or dreaming about traveling), I’m looking for good eats. I love good food, and every time I move to a new city, I search for the best Mexican food I can find. I also read like there’s no tomorrow. Everyday I take a long commute into the city for work, so I find productive ways to pass the time. A good book is always great company on a bus or a subway train.
In my spare time (it’s not always a lot, though), I like to catch up with friends, explore NYC, catch a good flick or enjoy a (well-deserved) glass of wine. Sometimes I like to mix it up and thrown in a good cocktail instead!