About Me!

Hey! Let me introduce myself. I’m Sheryll. I am 27 years old. I was born and raised in Pomona, CA, went to high school in Huntsville, AL, college at the amazing Florida State University in Florida, and lived in LA for 3 years.

While in college, I studied abroad for 5 months in London. Those few months abroad completely changed my life and solidified my need for travel. I had permanent wanderlust.

When I graduated college, I moved straight to LA. I had job, after job, after job. I finally found what I thought would be the job for me, but I was unfulfilled. Depressed. Angry. Sad. I just knew there was more to life than just sitting in an office for 9 hours a day. So I quit my job, bought a one way ticket to London, and traveled around Europe for almost 3 months with my boyfriend Johnny.

After many, many, months of deliberation, I decided to teach abroad. In April, 2012, I moved to Yongin, South Korea. ย My first year in Korea was spent at an amazing middle school in the middle of nowhere, and during my second year I taught 6th graders at an elementary school. After my 2 years in Korea, I decided to move to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where I’m currently living for the next 6 to 9 months.


Fun facts about me:

  • I love tequila. And wine. And champagne.
  • I’m only 5’0ft tall. This means that most people think I am 21 years old, not 27.
  • I believe in the power of chocolate, champagne, and super hot bubble baths.
  • My 2 favorite movies are Rush Hour 2 and To Wong Fu, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.
  • I love eating McDonalds in other countries. I hate it in the US, but abroad, it’s fucking delicious.
  • I am obsessed with Hello Kitty. Yup, even at 27. 0% Shame.
  • Reading is one of my favorite things to do, but I don’t do it often enough.
  • I never go a day without wearing perfume. Even if I’m sick.
  • I have a slight (okay major) obsession with skincare. I firmly believe that nothing makes you feel more glamorous than having great skin (and fierce ass cat eye eyeliner).
  • I am terrified of heights. I’ll never, ever skydive, bungee jump, cliff jump, etc. Nope. Not ever.
  • Actually, I’m not the adventurous type at all. My idea of fun is shopping. And getting facials and drinking champagne on rooftop bars.
  • Paris will always and forever be my favorite city in the world. I plan on living there one day.
  • I love MMA and Georges St. Pierre is my favorite fighter.
  • My boyfriend Johnny and I have been dating for 8 years. He is absolutely my best friend in the entire world.

60 Comments on About Me!

  1. April Thompson
    February 3, 2011 at 10:25 am (4 years ago)

    Amen to that — I’m right there with you!! Looking forward to following you.

  2. Growing Up To 30
    March 14, 2011 at 7:57 pm (4 years ago)

    The best part about this life is that we’re never going through alone. I was so excited to see your blog. 4 years your senior, I’ve been where you are and still coming out. There’s slot to learn. Hopefully you’ll get it sooner than I have but I’m just a click away if you need me! :-) In solidarity….

    • Francis Tapon
      October 7, 2011 at 9:01 am (4 years ago)

      Quaterlife crisis + Growing Up To 30 = Great match! :)
      Now you just need to meet up with the twentysomething blog…. :)

  3. Amanda
    April 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm (4 years ago)

    I just found your site today via a tweet, but I think we could be good friends. GSP and MMA are favorites of mine as well:) Can’t wait to start following and reading more!

  4. Thomas
    April 22, 2011 at 8:49 am (4 years ago)

    Just found your site looking forward to following your travels and hearing more about that trip to Vegas!

  5. kai
    October 30, 2011 at 9:26 am (4 years ago)

    so I am twenty years your senior and have been on an amazing wanderlust journey myself, a journey that will never end becuase the world and all it has to offer will always be a taste I have to try. fun finding you goddess

  6. Ami
    November 12, 2011 at 5:55 am (4 years ago)

    Just came across your blog and realised that alot of what you are saying is what i’m feeling right now! Graduated, got a job, but want to do MORE. I look forward to reading more :)

  7. Rebecca
    November 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm (4 years ago)

    I’m older (38) but your story is strangely close to mine. Year abroad in London…brutal job…move to Belize! I write a blog down here http://www.sanpedroscoop.com and I am totally digging yours!

    • Sheryll
      November 17, 2011 at 3:42 am (4 years ago)

      YES! Thank you so much for the link, I’m totally going to check it out.

  8. Coco In Korea
    November 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm (4 years ago)

    Hey girl, you are my inspiration (and the same age as me). Found you through the Tribe and I can totally relate to what you are saying. I left America almost two years ago and although I want to live there when I get old, right now I kind of just want to travel the world. Good luck to you and I look forward to reading more about your adventures!

  9. LilNomad
    December 11, 2011 at 10:06 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Sheryll,

    LilNomad here…wow so many questions for you first of all nice to meet you..enjoy reading your blog..i dont see many other blogs from traveling women of color and your local too…or your were. (im in the Valley). I too am working on a plan end the grind and do some extended travel. My question is how much did you budget and do you have a separate budget for if you decide to come back? How do you plan to generate income while on the road? I saw you completed the online English Teaching classes which is something ive considered also. PS we just go back from Cambodia, Phuket and Thailand (Bangkok/Chiang Mai) got plenty of tips for you.

  10. Jim O'Donnell
    December 13, 2011 at 11:08 am (4 years ago)

    “Quarter-life Crisis”. So what do you call it when you have one of those crisis every 2-3 years!?! Good to “meet” you!

  11. Eric Mittman
    December 19, 2011 at 8:32 am (4 years ago)

    rock on with your bad self! Glad to see you living life on your terms! Wishing you all the best! Are you using Iphone for pics or IPad? I have hipstamatic camera app on my IPad that does great retro look pics and yours remind me of them.

    Mr. Mittman from Sparkman Photo Program

  12. Ed Rex
    December 30, 2011 at 8:03 am (4 years ago)

    Hey Sheryll,

    Great introduction to your blog! Will read through in a bit.

    Glad to see there’s someone else who does experience ‘a quarter-life crisis!’


  13. Chinye
    February 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Reading your story seems like an exact reflection of mine! I know I am destined to be an expat somewhere, because all I do is dream of living abroad. So happy I came across your blog! Book marking it now…

  14. Courtney
    March 20, 2012 at 7:15 am (3 years ago)

    I have been reading your blog for so long now. I love reading all about your adventures and I love your honesty. I have been gone from home for a year studying abroad. Here’s a link to my blog, http://ournatureliesinmovement.wordpress.com/ Can’t wait to read more about your travels. Safe travels!

    • Sheryll
      March 25, 2012 at 11:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much!

  15. Kirsten
    March 21, 2012 at 7:29 pm (3 years ago)

    “Paris will always and forever be my favorite city in the world. I plan on living there one day.” <— DITTO!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Abbie
    April 6, 2012 at 8:02 am (3 years ago)

    Hey :) I love the idea of traveling and your so inspirational,
    But since I’m far too young to go anywhere right yet i’ll have to wait a few years :) But i just write about it instead :)
    Only….. I’m having so many problems trying to start it off, I cant find a legit reason for my character to be wanting to travel across the world, since i haven’t done it yet myself!
    Help please XD I need inspiration!

  17. Natasha
    April 16, 2012 at 8:01 am (3 years ago)

    I think it’s fate that I stumbled upon your blog.I’m going through the so-called ‘Quarter-Life’ crisis myself… in the midst of deciding whether to take on a real job or do something that I love and faced with raised eyebrows.Love what you are doing and as Lao-Tzu put it, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”Keep Inspiring!Cheers!

  18. Estrella
    May 8, 2012 at 9:32 am (3 years ago)

    I’m also going through a quarter life crisis at the moment. My experience is a bit the opposite of yours though! I never got the chance to study abroad, but I worked in South Korea for a year after I finished my BA. It was there I realized that I really wanted to be a traveller (and not just a tourist). I’m back home at the moment, but working on going to Europe this fall. I look forward to reading about your adventures in SoKo!

  19. Jami
    May 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I have been reading your blog for the past several hours. I’m shy (even online, it’s stupid) but I just have to tell you that I laughed, I cried, I got goosebumps… I am just so inspired by your drive, your honesty, your perspective, your photos! I have had a similar quarter-life crisis, had a terrible job, self-medicated with food, all of it. I’m glad to know someone else has been there and broken free and had the balls to talk about it so honestly!

    • Sheryll
      May 16, 2012 at 5:14 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Your comment really made my day! ^^!

  20. Lauren
    July 19, 2012 at 8:11 am (3 years ago)

    I just stumbled across your site and i absolutely adore it. I think i’m in that place you were in with your job in LA. My job is tying me to a place i don’t want to be and i wish i had the ability to do what you are doing and pack up and see the world, who knows? one day maybe i will but until then ill keep reading your posts! :-)


    • Sheryll
      July 20, 2012 at 12:20 am (3 years ago)

      Do it girl! I never, ever, ever regret quitting my job. At the time it was super difficult, but now I’m here in Korea! I never thought it would happen!

  21. Laura
    August 6, 2012 at 2:04 am (3 years ago)

    Hey girl!
    I just ran into your blog and love it! I’m actually from LA also and just came back from spending a year living in Barcelona, while traveling around Europe. I graduated 2 years ago, worked and saved up for a year, and just packed up and went on my own also! It’s been the most amazing experience, and I’m currently applying to jobs to go teach in Asia. Your posts about teaching are hilarious (and thanks for the tips about what to pack!) And your photos are gorgeous and have me itching to leave and travel again! BTW I want to get more into photography and am curious what camera do you use? Anyways, love the posts, love the blog, love everything! :)

  22. natalia W
    August 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm (3 years ago)

    OMG I love your life!

  23. Max
    August 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Cool blog!

  24. Becki Orth
    October 16, 2012 at 11:10 am (3 years ago)

    So I Just stumbled upon your blog from Google, searching for travel quotes. Your bio page really hit home for me! My fiance and I just started our own travel blog and are hoping to leave the country to South America next year for our first big ‘pack up and leave everything’ adventure! I’m so excited you found what you want to do in life and are making a go of it.

    Can’t wait to read more on your blog. And also… I’m with you on the tequila part, I think I love it more than I should! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Colleen Brynn
    October 18, 2012 at 6:13 am (3 years ago)

    I love your fabulous hair!

    • Sheryll
      October 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much! I finally got it trimmed…it was a HOT MESS before!

  26. Madison
    November 29, 2012 at 2:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Found your blog today and I already so excited to follow you! I think we have tons in common (I’m 25, teaching in Yongin, too), and look forward to reading more of your experiences!

  27. Nadine
    December 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm (3 years ago)

    Hello from Japan,

    I just discovered your blog and love it.
    I even took up some of your recommended Korean cosmetics. :)

    • Sheryll
      December 8, 2012 at 6:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Nadine! I have some new product reviews coming soon!

  28. Lindsay Stevens
    March 4, 2013 at 5:34 am (2 years ago)

    Hi, Sheryll. I was intrigued by your story, I’m glad you finally found some fulfillment living and travelling in South Korea. I’m actually moving to Yongin in March 2013 and I’m pretty excited ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Sheryll
      March 4, 2013 at 3:55 pm (2 years ago)

      yay!! Thank you so much! Do you know where in Yongin you are moving?

  29. Adrian
    April 2, 2013 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

    I love your website Sheryll! It is really good to read your story! I can resonate with your story. I am from Chicago..went to school in London, and now live in South Africa.

    I am bookmarking your page!

    • Sheryll
      April 2, 2013 at 10:12 am (2 years ago)

      thanks so much Adrian!!!!!!

  30. AV
    April 13, 2013 at 10:32 am (2 years ago)

    Just found your blog and I love it! I think you are my doppleganger (my husband begs to differ but I see it I tell you!). I love MMA and GSP too. I loved his comeback fight and I’m looking forward to Ben Hendersons next fight. I also hate mayo (funny story, I used to love mayo, but I ate to much one day, which culminated in a mayo sandwich, and have hated it ever since).

    My husband and I are going to Korea for vacation (to see his motherland and introduce the baby to his Grandparents) and I am so excited. Your blog has a bounty of resources. I really like flipping through your blog and your list of blogs. There are some really good ones on there.

    Also, if you don’t mind me asking, what do you use on your hair? I think we have similar hair (but maybe not). I love Miss Jessies products, but they are too expensive. Just wondering.

    Anyway, I probably wrote too much. Go GSP!

  31. Weena
    June 2, 2013 at 10:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi. I LOVE your blog.


    • Sheryll
      June 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Weena! Thank you so much!

  32. Fiona
    June 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Sheryll! :)
    Such a bless you have your life like that…!

    Do you know how to be a teacher in South Korea?? I really want to do it too!! Even though I’m not a English native speaker.. hehehe ๐Ÿ˜€

  33. Nikki B
    July 7, 2013 at 12:46 am (2 years ago)

    Hey Sheryll!! I came across your blog a few months ago and I’m just getting reacquainted with it. I absolutely love your vibe and as another black girl with wanderlust I totally admire your spunk! I’m planning on leaving the US early next year for a few months and I’ll definitely be keeping in touch with you. I don’t have my travel blog up yet but as soon as I do I’ll let you know.

    Thanks for having the courage to follow your own path and thanks for being an inspiration!

    • Sheryll
      July 9, 2013 at 4:18 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Nikki! Thank you SO much for commenting. Please, please let me know when you start your own travel blog. I’m always here for Black girls traveling!!!! Where will you be going?

  34. Miel
    July 14, 2013 at 1:58 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you for your blog :) I’m in a tough situation now with my current job and I’m itching to see the world. South Korea is my first stop once I earn enough. I find your journey exciting and I love that you shared it with the world. Thank you again! Best wishes from Manila, Philippines :)

    • Sheryll
      July 15, 2013 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Miel! Thank you so much for your sweet comment. I read your blog and it’s WONDERFUL! I can’t wait to check out your adventures.

  35. Geunmi
    August 14, 2013 at 11:17 am (2 years ago)

    Dear Sheryll,

    Hello. I would like to introduce a new Korean cosmetics to you which I have used. Since I had had so many pimples on my face, I had used almost all kinds of cosmetics from all over the world, but nothing had changed it. One day my mother strongly recommended this cometics to me and later it gave me a new face. http://www.renecell.com

    I do look forward to hearing from you and thank you.

    All the best,

    Geunmi Kwon

  36. chrimmie
    August 29, 2013 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Sheryll,
    I’ve never replied on a blog before. Always, just an observer everywhere I go, cyber-wise and real life-wise. However!!!! Your blog is so nice and completely sincere that I had to post a little something. I’ve been reading everything! It seems very appropriate to say Fighting! right now. Thanks for your insights and words.

    • Sheryll
      August 30, 2013 at 1:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Ahhhh you totally made my day! Thank you so, so much for your kind comment.

  37. Burcidi
    October 12, 2013 at 5:53 am (2 years ago)

    How did you come up with the idea to teach in Korea and how did you go about finding a job and moving there? It’s such a huge step!

    Sometimes I dream of such a thing, going and living somewhere random, but it takes courage and I don’t have it! I kind of hate travelling too. Too stressful!

  38. Maggie
    January 26, 2014 at 12:25 pm (1 year ago)

    Yay a fellow Seminole! I stumbled upon your blog when researching South Korean skincare products (as I too am obsessed with skincare) and ended up spending an hour on here! I’m going on another long haul flight in a few months and will definitely be adapting my regime with some of your suggestions! Lisa Eldridge also has an amazing video if you’re looking for more great travel beauty tips. Thanks for all your awesome material!

  39. Bonnie
    February 26, 2014 at 7:38 am (1 year ago)

    Hi Sheryll

    I love your blog! Your writing style is so honest and well…just AWESOME.
    I am an Asian girl from South Africa and people are also so shocked when my English is perfect and when I speak in Afrikaans it completely blows their mind. haha. I was also kinda stuck in a rut and decided to spread my wings to travel to. Funny how you think everything in Korea is expensive. I thought everything in America was expensive when I lived there especially the food. thanks for keeping me entertained. :)

    Love from Cape Town, South Africa!

  40. Steppa
    March 24, 2014 at 1:13 am (1 year ago)

    Oh, that’s cute! I hope you and Johnny get married.

  41. Robbie
    April 8, 2014 at 7:54 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Sheryll – I met you at MAP last week to try cosmetics. I just started reading your blog. I hope you are loving Vietnam so far. I read about your trampoline experience. I want to go! Where is it exactly? I could not find Dongbaek on the internet. I was a trampoline/gymnastics teacher in the US and I have been looking in Seoul for trampolines without success!

  42. Daphne
    April 26, 2014 at 9:21 am (1 year ago)

    OMG HI! I don’t remember how I happened to stumble across your blog, but i’m so glad that I did! I’m from Huntsville (born and raised unfortunately) and I was thinking about starting a travel blog. I’m around your age and your third paragraph basically sums up my life right now. I made a goal this year to travel some place new each month and so far its going GREAT! You now have a new follower lol :)

  43. Carrie
    February 28, 2015 at 6:41 am (4 months ago)

    Just found your site today and I love it! How hard was it to get a teaching job in Korea? This is something I have wanted to do for a few years now.

  44. Queenie
    March 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm (4 months ago)

    Great blog and interested to work with you. Will drop you an email soon. By the way above on the page your picture is with Koreans or Chinese?

  45. Lan
    April 13, 2015 at 2:39 am (3 months ago)

    Hi Sheryll,

    I just started to follow your blog while looking for more Asian skincare reviews :) so pardon me if I mention anything you have already known/tried.

    I am actually a Vietnamese living in Ho Chi Minh City, so I know a thing or two about buying skincare stuff :) If you like your paula choice’s BHA , there is a showroom in Hanoi that sell and ship the stuff to HCM city. I would recommend the mini size of BHA 2% liquid (it is actually a bit cheaper than the one in Paula Choice us website). The full size is more expensive though (around $40). If you hit up facebook shop, you can get for as low as $25-$27 for full size .

    Also, you can get a lot of foreign skincare (like Japanese, Korean, French or American, even some Indian stuff) through Facebook shops. The prices usually are much more reasonable than the showroom’s.

    One the biggest trends right now in Vietnam (apart from the stuff you already try) is facial oil and Hada Crie. Trilogy’s rosehip oil, Haba’s squalene, as well as passionfruit oil is one of the most popular. If you haven’t ventured into facial oil, I would recommend you tried it : ) (I haven’t read all of your blog post yet :)) Hada crie is a really big investment in both time and money; to simply put, it is a machine that both help cleansing and moisturizing your skin.

    A banker secret has some very decent facial oils for reasonable price. They just restock last Thursday :)

    If you want to know more about anything, or would like to talk about anything, don’t hesitate to email me.

    Sorry for the long post :)

  46. Christine
    May 22, 2015 at 12:08 am (2 months ago)

    Just stumbled on your awesome blog! I was wondering what you studied in university? I’m at the stage where I’m sitting at a desk all day (accountant). I’m also wanting to travel…


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