Who is Mishvo?
My name is Michelle but you can call me Mishvo. I get my nickname from a combination of my first and last names: Michelle Vogel. I’m originally from Atlanta, GA, USA.
I’m an explorer, singer, nature-lover, and big fan of spicy noodle soup. Or any soup really.
When I was 19, I moved to Sydney for five life-changing months to study as an exchange student. Two years later, after graduating university with a degree in Psychology, I moved to Thailand to teach English to the most adorable munchkin 3-year-old children in the universe.
I backpacked through Asia, India, and Europe with the money I had saved during my teaching stint then returned to the States and set out on a path to work in international public health as a behavior change strategist.
Even though I got a lot of outside approval during that time from friends and family and society at large, pursuing a conventional career and lifestyle left me feeling depressed and stuck.
Still, it took being rejected from over 30 regular jobs to push me to become a freelance content marketer and copywriter and try to live a location independent life. And has taken me nearly EIGHT YEARS of running this blog to admit to myself that I actually want to be a blogger for a living.
Through this blog, I hope to inspire people to explore the possibilities of life. To pursue your curiosities and your dreams, and seek out a life that fulfills you. To be clear, it’s not about quitting your job to travel the world, or becoming a freelancer or entrepreneur; freelancing and traveling fulfills me and feels authentic to who I am, but for you, it could be totally different. And there are likely multiple things out there that would fulfill you in life! The point is to not get stuck doing something that doesn’t.
You’ll find travel stories, tips and guides, and a bit of analysis of ‘the meaning of it all’ on here. I also write about health and mental health sometimes (my own and in general) and the intersection of health and travel. I guess it’s a vestige of my public health days 😉
Follow along as I explore a new lifestyle and hopefully some new places too!
Interested in collaborating or working with me?
You can email me at michelle[at]mishvoinmotion[dot]com.
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