Live Your Storyfall2014winter2015 890 - Copy

Welcome to my blogsite: JustGoJo; Live Your Story. My name is Joan and I am a lifelong traveller and incurable enthusiast for life well loved and lived. I started this blog when the plot of my story suddenly shifted and I found myself on unfamiliar ground. But that was a good thing for it is in those frightening, transformative times that one discovers what matters to you. What your story truly is. I have discovered that beauty is very important to me. And beauty is connected to love. And love requires courage.

Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage

                • Anais Nin

It takes courage to live your story. Much easier to capitulate to the familiar and to what people expect you to be, than to hang on to what you feel is right for you. Becoming who we are requires a bit of vigilance and a lot of backbone, or it ends up being someone else’s story. What enchants you? Enthralls, mystifies, turns you inside out? Courage helps you discover those things. So, go live your story, And read on to find out what makes it into mine. I’m looking forward to our conversation!

Biographyfall2014winter2015 873 - Copy

A resident of Western Canada (mostly), I retired from music teaching to pursue other interests, chief among them travelling and writing. Preferring active travel, my boots, bike, motorcycle, truck or local bus, tuktuk or ferry have carried me through six continents, seven mountain ranges and countless time-stopping moments of startling beauty. On my travels I have frequently been stranded in and around the Mediterranean, and now spend a portion of each year on a small island in the Southern Aegean.

My writing has been published in a variety of academic journals, books, as well as magazines and newspapers. I am currently writing for two regional publications: Route #3 Magazine and The Grand Forks Gazette, and the travel e-zine: TravelthruHistory. I am an associate member of the B.C. Association of Travel Writers.