I am a native of the New Jersey Shore who came to Australia in January 2010. Before coming overseas, I lived in Philadelphia for nine years. During that time, I worked as a tutor for children and adults with learning, physical and mental disabilities, a reporter for various Philadelphia newspapers, a magazine editor, a professional blogger and a babysitter. After losing my job in the economic downturn in 2009, I decided to move to Sydney, Australia on a work and holiday visa and pursue a career as a full-time freelance writer, two dreams of mine. Almost three years later, I am now a permanent resident of Australia and engaged to the Philadelphia man I met two weeks into my arrival in Sydney. My travels have taken me to 40 American states and a dozen countries, including China, Italy, England, Fiji and New Zealand. My writing career has given me opportunities to write for major publications and web sites such as CNN, AOL, Travel+Leisure and Jetstar Magazine.