Meet Caroline from So She Did, a gal who loves to travel, believes in the power of positivity, and has learned to embrace all that life has to offer!
We first ran into Caroline on her funky Instagram account (seriously, the fitness tracker route of her swimming laps is pretty much the most relatable fitness picture ever), but it was the pictures of Caroline's adventures in Peru that really took our breath away.
She was bitten by the travel bug early, thanks to a family who also loved to travel, and Caroline attended college with a hunger to study abroad. Her Junior year, she got her wish and spent six incredible months studying in Argentina.
"After my time in Argentina, I knew I HAD to also go to Peru at some point," she tells us. "I thought two weeks would get us through the whole country, but we barely hit the tip of the iceberg."
If she only hit the tip of the iceberg, it was a tip with some pretty insane adventures. She tackled a 4-day hike along the Incan Trail to Machu Picchu ("The photos will never do it justice!"), kayaked in Lake Titicaca ("The lake is so clear that you can see a dozen feet down to the bottom."), and took a three day adventure tour that consisted of white water rafting in Arequipa ("my favorite!"), mountain biking in the shadow of volcanoes ("my least favorite..."), and sandboarding.
Are you guys as ridiculously jealous as we are? She squeezed more into two weeks than some people do their whole lives!
But it's not just her vacations that make Caroline totally fascinating.
She's from a small Connecticut town, but considers Columbia, South Carolina home... Even though right now, she lives in Oklahoma!
She's originally from a town she compares to Stars Hollow from "Gilmore Girls," only a few hours from both Boston and NYC, but for now she's in Oklahoma. "My husband's position relocated us to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma," she says, "I went to college at University of South Carolina in Columbia and I prefer to cal that 'home.'"
How she defines her biggest achievements makes us want to be her training buddy.
"Most times, I think my greatest achievement is even beginning," she shares. Even though she did track and field in high school and didn't do as well as she wanted ("I sucked big time," according to her), the team unity kept her from quitting. And even though she didn't run for the next 6 years, when she needed a way to blow off some steam while her husband was deployed, she went back to racing by lacing up her shoes, signing up for a 5k, and running the whole way!
Now she says "I have really grown to love" running... Half Marathons!
Even though she's done four half marathons, she says "I don't really consider myself a 'racer," I'm definitely a runner though."
She has the best. Attitude. Ever.
She set herself a goal of tackling a half marathon in 2 hours, 30 minutes, but in the process of training she had emergency surgery for appendicitis and it forced her to change her training schedule. Instead of giving up, she changed her goal to trying to get as many high fives as possible. She ended up running her half with a time that beat her personal best by 9 minutes, and showed us (and her appendix) who's boss!
Her dog has his own hashtag on Instagram
She has pretty much the cutest dog on the Internet, adorably named Brodie. He's a shelter dog, he's a therapy dog, and he's a dog that lives for a good belly rub... Because, seriously, who doesn't? Check out his selfies with the #BrodieBrode hashtag and prepare to fall in love. Those ears get us every time.
These are just some of the reasons we think Caroline totally rocks, so throughout the week we'll be sharing more of her story, from her greatest highs to how she takes her setbacks and turns them into opportunities, and of course, some highlights from that amazing trip to Peru that we all wish she took us on.
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