• Jacqui Chiari

A Hopeful Hello

Hello, and welcome to A Hopeful Wanderer! My name is Jacqueline, and I go by pretty much any variation of that name you can think of. My pronouns are she, her, and hers. I was born and raised in Cranford, New Jersey before spending four wonderful years at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. After graduating with a degree in Marketing & Management, I spent two years in Tallahassee, FL at Florida State University earning my Master's in Higher Education. From there, I worked at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC for a year in Student Involvement and Multicultural Programs, and I recently started a new job in University Housing at Coastal Carolina University.

I am the daughter of Cuban immigrants. I am a middle child, with an older brother and a younger sister. I am the partner and best friend of an amazing man who just so happens to be my partner and best friend. And we recently moved in together in Myrtle Beach with our one year old, light of our life Husky-Lab, Kona. Don't worry, there will definitely be pictures.

I decided to start this blog mainly for myself. I often find myself wanting to write about an experience I've had or my thoughts on something I've learned or care about. I may truly be a product of my generation, but the thought of physically writing - pen to paper - felt strange. Almost like being a young girl again, when I would secretly scribble my name before the last name of whichever boy I had a crush on that day. Not to mention the inability to edit as easily as you could with a keyboard. Duh. The other, arguably most significant, setback of keeping a physical journal would have been the inability to easily share my writing with others. And I even struggled with the question of why I felt the need to share my writing in the first place. I don't care if this becomes popular, I am not trying to be an influencer. I'm not trying to make money off of this, I am not striving to cultivate a particular brand or aesthetic. No. I truly just wanted a place to express all the thoughts, memories, and experiences that constantly fly through my head in the same way I like to imagine infinite emails travel through cyberspace. To reflect and make meaning of my life. And I decided to do that on this platform, to share my stories publicly, so maybe even one person feels seen, affirmed, not alone, by what has happened in my life. And if that doesn't happen, that's fine too. I am doing this for me. If this resonates with others, that would be the icing on the cake. Buttercream icing, obviously. Chocolate cake. Obviously.

My plan is to write about what I want, when I want. What you can expect to find in here will range from, but is not limited to, self-care, mental health, self-love and body positivity, health and well-being, food, fashion, travel, outdoors and nature, books, film, television, music, visual and performing arts, relationships and family, faith and spirituality, gratitude, sociopolitical issues, higher education, culture and identity, self-discovery, personal and professional growth, humor and comedy, home decor and design, personal organizing, event/travel/wedding planning, graphic design, pets (dogs mostly), life hacks and DIY, and general lifestyle. I have lots of interests, clearly, and I plan to write about whatever is on my mind. I won't hold myself to a regular writing schedule or deadlines. Again, this is for me. I want this to happen as organically and genuinely as possible. To keep this a space of free-flowing story-telling and joy. One by which I don't feel pressured or burdened, but one that makes my heart swell each time I return.

I am really excited to be here, to start this journey, and see where it takes me. If you have questions, requests, or feedback on anything (including my writing, skill-wise), please don't hesitate to reach out. If you'd like to keep up with me and this blog, you can subscribe below. Thank you!

Stay Wandering,


PS. If you're curious where the name "A Hopeful Wanderer" came from, it's a play on the Mumford & Sons song, "Hopeless Wanderer", which holds meaning for a few reasons. Mumford & Sons is one of my favorite bands, and while this isn't my favorite song of theirs (the video is pretty great though), it was easy to put the positive spin on it, which calls to my constant strive for optimism, as well as my lust for travel, new experiences, and restless energy. I know it's probably not the most original title, but I feel it captured the essence of who I am and what I want this space to be - unrestricted and unapologetic, free-spirited and joyful.

Edit: this post was transferred from it's original site, originally published on June 26, 2019

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