What is a Trailblazer?

By | July 14, 2015

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
~Alan Watts

Hopefully defining a blog is a little easier, because that’s what I aim to do today and in the coming weeks. I realize TravelingEv seems a bit schizophrenic at times; a new acquaintance told me recently, “I went to your blog, and I like it, but I couldn’t really tell what it was about. Why would I come back? What’s your focus?”

It was a good question, which means I had a hard time answering it.

"Where do I go from here?"

“Where do I go from here?”

After seven years of blogging about traveling and… other stuff… it’s time to clarify what this site is all about and what I’m blogging for.

I’ve created the following video for you to get to know me—and my blog—a little better. If you’re curious to learn more, post your questions below, or come back in a few days. I will be posting new blog entries every Tuesday and Thursday.

Introduction to TravelingEv

My name is Evelyn Helminen and I am a traveler, a writer, a reader, a blogger, a photographer, an adventurer, a juggler, a snowboarder…

My name is Evelyn Helminen and I am a trailblazer.

[Full text of video is below.]

For me, that means improving and evolving through intentionally putting yourself in challenging and new situations. Traveling and evolution.

Traveling + Evolution = TravelingEv

I grew up in a very small town in Upper Michigan, in the Midwestern United States. I’m from a religious and conservative family, and I’m the third oldest of fifteen children.

All 15 kids in my family. This picture was taken a few years ago.

All 15 kids in my family. This picture was taken a few years ago.

The first time I left the US was when I was 10 and traveled to Finland, Sweden, and Estonia with my grandparents. I didn’t leave the US again for many more years until I was 19 and ended up studying abroad in Perth, Australia.

I studied abroad in Perth, Australia.

I studied abroad in Perth, Australia.

As I continued to travel, I also started to discover who I was, away from the norms and expectations of my family and culture. Instead of blindly following along, doing what everyone else was doing, I started to question things, and think about who I was, aside from all of that. [It doesn’t have to be this way.]

It’s terrifying and difficult to remain true to yourself without hurting those that you love. But it’s important to question things. And if you want a rich and fulfilling life, it’s essential!

Sometimes it's tempting to close your eyes to the truth, but if you want to change and evolve, you have to learn to face the situation and deal with it, head-on.

Sometimes it’s tempting to close your eyes to the truth, but if you want to change and evolve, you have to learn to face the situation and deal with it, head-on.

I’m here to help you in the journey to a better life.

Follow along, as I share stories of lessons learned, strategies to assert your independence, questions to test your assumptions, and challenges to Be unique, be authentic, and be yourself.


Did you like this video? Are you interested in this blogging direction? I’m excited about it, but it’s always nice to hear some encouragement. 🙂


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