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How We Started Wandering

Where Gals Wander Begins

Three Gals: M, Z & JD, friends for eight years in a small Midwest town, born and raised in Illinois, attended Illinois colleges and started raising our own families here. Then we met and many glasses of wine over time, went beyond homeowner politics and Pinterest recipes to start the conversation of “Is This All There Is to Life?” and “What If?”

Those conversations turned into JD launching her own business, which turned out more successful than she could imagine. M going back to school to pursue a second degree and began a new career, and me (Z), well, I bought a motorcycle, even though I didn’t know how to ride one. How else was I going to learn? I also changed jobs, started traveling 60% and every time I returned back to the flat Midwestern landscape and unbearable Chicago winters, I asked myself “why do I live here?” But we live here because we have neighbors that are more like family, with the 3 of  us living on the same street, helping to raise each other’s, kids, and good schools, and property values and all those things that “stick” with you until before you know it, you are stuck, but happy, but wonder if there’s more.

The Universe came along and forced us to be unstuck, unglued, uprooted and uncomfortable.  We decided to embrace the change.  We now have no excuses to be who we want to be, where we want to be, doing what we want.

M moved to Boston, living a quiet, New Englander life 2 years ago. Last year was my turn when I loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly….wait, wrong show. But moving to LA working a corporate job in Hollywood certainly made me feel a little like Alice in Wonderland.  JD was left back in the ‘burbs without us until the fate wheel spun once again and a month ago, JD made a cross-country road trip from Chicago to Phoenix and is still unpacking boxes.

So what does this mean? It means we are unstuck. New beginnings. New adventures. Exploration of our new surroundings, new lifestyles and who we are now. We want to soak up everything, and share that with each other. I began posting a lot of what I was seeing and doing, new life, new places, new laughs, new dreams on my personal social media and I was surprised how many friends sent me messages saying it inspired them, to go new places, to travel, to make an effort to take advantage of all that life has to offer and I should share it more broadly.

Knowing that M had just gone through this same experience, and JD was about to, and knowing we have this “embrace life and conquer it” spirit, I said the photos that we text each other: where we share our day, we send encouragement to each other.  Maybe we are meant to share with others as well. Maybe we do this and only 10 people see it but we inspire 5 of those people.

I am amazed that when we launched on April 23, 2017, on Instagram that we would have over 1500 followers in about 8 weeks. I am grateful for the relationships I have with other bloggers where we comment on each other’s photos and actually take an interest in what each other is doing. Several approached me and suggested we start a website to tell more of the stories behind each image we capture. And that’s how you ended up reading this today. Now I only wonder where we’ll wander next?




Zanne is the Founder, Editor, Administration, and Publisher of WhereGalsWander along with the title of Chief Trouble Maker. Blame her for everything.

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