Personal: my road trip across the country, move to Denver, & turning 30

My goal was to move to a completely new state to start a "new life" before I turned 30. After finishing grad school, I knew I wanted a change, and, since I had not attachments, I knew I could move anywhere. I ultimately chose Denver, CO on a whim (or should I say CO chose me in the form of goosebumps, my ultimate compass in life). And so I packed my Prius up with all my stuff and hit the road, arriving in Denver on July 1, 2016, just two days before my 30th birthday (I tend to reach my goals, although things often tend to all come together last min.)

Check out my photo journal of the trip from Poquoson, Virginia (small swamp town) to Denver, Colorado.

#1. Top secret: after this smiley photo, it took my mom and me 30 stressful, sweaty min. to shut the hatchback door. #2. I stopped in Charlottesville, VA to visit my childhood friend, her 2 year old daughter, and the baby in her belly.  #3. Then, my grandparents and mom threw me a "Graduation/Going-away/30th Birthday Party" in Blacksburg, VA. My big bro even flew in from L.A.!

#1. Top secret: after this smiley photo, it took my mom and me 30 stressful, sweaty min. to shut the hatchback door.

#2. I stopped in Charlottesville, VA to visit my childhood friend, her 2 year old daughter, and the baby in her belly. 

#3. Then, my grandparents and mom threw me a "Graduation/Going-away/30th Birthday Party" in Blacksburg, VA. My big bro even flew in from L.A.!

#4. I went out dancing at a honky tonk in Nashville, TN with a new friend. Then, my friend Eliza flew in to join the road trip. #5. We stopped in Little Rock, Arkansas to get a tour of the headquarters of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and then headed to Hot Springs, Arkansas to camp. Eliza and I told each other our deepest darkest secrets while kayaking in the National Forest.

#4. I went out dancing at a honky tonk in Nashville, TN with a new friend. Then, my friend Eliza flew in to join the road trip.

#5. We stopped in Little Rock, Arkansas to get a tour of the headquarters of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and then headed to Hot Springs, Arkansas to camp. Eliza and I told each other our deepest darkest secrets while kayaking in the National Forest.

#6. Then I was on my own to listen to podcasts, reflect, and drive a few hundred miles. This picture pretty much sums up my experience in Oklahoma. #7. And then the terrain changed as I drove through the tip top square of Texas.

#6. Then I was on my own to listen to podcasts, reflect, and drive a few hundred miles. This picture pretty much sums up my experience in Oklahoma.

#7. And then the terrain changed as I drove through the tip top square of Texas.

#8. I stayed with a brilliant scientist yogini and her psychologist husband in Albuquerque, New Mexico. #9. These were the views from their windows. Their house was on a desert mountain. It felt like another world looking out while discussing psychology over New Mexican food.

#8. I stayed with a brilliant scientist yogini and her psychologist husband in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

#9. These were the views from their windows. Their house was on a desert mountain. It felt like another world looking out while discussing psychology over New Mexican food.

#10.  I saw a billboard for a dinosaur museum in New Mexico, so, naturally, I stopped to explore. 

#10.  I saw a billboard for a dinosaur museum in New Mexico, so, naturally, I stopped to explore. 

#11. MY art school  FRIEND DIANA AND I STAYED AT "THE INN OF THE TURQUOISE BEAR" IN SANTA FE, New mexico.  #12. THEN WE WENT TO A HUGE INSTALLATION ART PIECE CALLED "meow wolf"

#11. MY art school  FRIEND DIANA AND I STAYED AT "THE INN OF THE TURQUOISE BEAR" IN SANTA FE, New mexico

#12. THEN WE WENT TO A HUGE INSTALLATION ART PIECE CALLED "meow wolf"

#13. Then we met my college friends in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado for my 30th birthday. I can't believe this is where I live!

#13. Then we met my college friends in the mountains near Boulder, Colorado for my 30th birthday. I can't believe this is where I live!

#14. And the 4th of July parade in Gold hill, Colorado followed by blue grass music at the inn. 

#14. And the 4th of July parade in Gold hill, Colorado followed by blue grass music at the inn. 

So here I am, building my life and business here in Denver, Colorado.

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Ann Swanson

My journey started after art school with a trip around the world--studying Yoga and Massage in the Himalayas of India and Tai Chi in China. I then returned to the states to study the science of the human body, tutoring college anatomy. Ultimately, I combined my passions by earning a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy. My mission is to make mind/body practices more accessible for people who need extra attention. I specialize in: adapting mind/body practices for accessibility arthritis & chronic pain the mind: cognition, focus & happiness balance & fall prevention

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