Hello There!

Hi there! I’m Alexandria Drake and I’m so glad you’ve made your way to my blog! Before I dive into what this blog is all about, and the journey it took to get me here, let me tell you a little bit about me. I was born on the 14th of June and raised in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. I grew up to head off to Georgia State University to pursue almost 6 different degrees until I settled on a degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Human Resources and Non-Profit Development. I have a passion for non-profits and have worked with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Make A Wish Foundation, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to name a few.

I met my husband Edward in November of 2012 and we were engaged in May of 2013. I was studying abroad and gallivanting around Europe when he decided to fly over, randomly walk up to me and a group of friends, and got down on one knee. On May 27 of 2013, we got engaged at the Palace of Versailles and it was the beginning of my very favorite journey. Fast forward a few years and we called off our traditional wedding and decided to elope. We spent two weeks gallivanting around Italy and had a private ceremony and read our own vows on the Spanish Steps in Rome on October 5, 2014.  After the honeymoon was over, we went back to our lives, lives that were forever changed by that trip. Adventure runs through our blood now and although we’ve only recently begun this adventure of marriage we cannot wait to see what the future has in store for us.

Fast forward a few years, a graduate degree, and a few career changes and we’ve managed to find ourselves living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Luckily, my sister and nephew live right up the road from us and we are delighted to get to spend so much quality time with them. We don’t know how long we will be here or if we will ever leave, right now we’re just taking it day by day (pssst.. but we have talked about future destinations and Portland and Seattle are at the top of our list).

A little more about me: I have three dogs. One pre-Edward and two post; their names are Carly, Stella, and Blair. If you’d like to get to know them just click on over here. When I’m not blogging, you can find me cooking laborious recipes, searching Goodreads for the next best book, pinning elaborate cocktail recipes that I’ll never make, and, most importantly, planning my next getaway.

Now that you know a little bit more about me, here’s what you can expect from Alexandria Drake! It’s been a long journey getting here, and many of you may know this little space by its previous name A Modern Girl’s Travels. So why did things change? Well, as always… life changed, and more importantly, I’ve changed. Travel is no longer the most important part of my life. Yes, it is still very important to me but I wanted to be able to connect with all of you on a different level. I want for this little space on the internet to become an authentic place to escape your busy day and have a one on one conversation with someone. I believe that life should be fulfilling and inspirational. That being said, from this point forward you’ll find articles ranging from everyday life, mental health issues, recipes I tried and loved, a new wellness technique you should add to your routine and a few travel guides sprinkled in. Basically, it’s a whole new me and I’m excited to start this journey with you.