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The world is all gates, all opportunities, all strings of tension waiting to be struck. - Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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My name is Jasmine. I'm half Cuban, born in the West Virginia countryside, and grew up on an off-grid property in the Arizona mountains - all rural and remote. My family went the full 9s with recycling, sustainable practices, survival skills, making things by hand and from scratch, and not wasting anything. We learned how to identify local plants, hunt, fish, garden, tap trees for maple syrup, build shelters, make solar ovens, dehydrate and can food, etc. We were mostly home-schooled. We almost never went to the doctor - my mom knew how to heal most things and made her own salves and tinctures. This stuff gave me a solid foundation and feeling of independence in my life and a wealth of knowledge about the natural world, that I didn’t even realize until I was much older. Today, I live on the Hawaiian island of Maui, one of the most beautiful (and isolated) places on Earth. Aloha!

I work as a freelance writer, editor, and content creator, sometimes I also do seasonal work (last summer I was working in the Alaskan wilds! Read my wild story here) to supplement my income, or work-for-trade (Workaway is my favorite site) to travel cheap.

 

AND most importantly, I'm a human tumbleweed :) So far I've traveled to Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, Brunei, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, France, England, Scotland, Ireland, and the Netherlands, and I have a million more places I'd love to see, not to mention re-visiting all the beautiful places I just mentioned! This year I unexpectedly got a call from my old best friend from when I lived in Australia - her town had burnt down in the horrific wildfires, and she needed help with a volunteer group she started by herself (GMFR), so I ended up volunteering for 5wks in Feb. It was very humbling, helping people who have lost everything.

 

The rest of this year’s itinerary was Costa Rica in May, France in June, Europe for the summer... but since it’s the Time of Corona, I’ve just been chillin’ in Maui, enjoying being home long enough to start a sweet little porch garden and learn how to ocean shorefish till I can hit the road again.

 

Nature is my favorite + surfing, hiking, photography, cooking, eating, reading... and, of course, #1 love: traveling ;) Check out my Instagram, @jewelsoftheearthandsea, for all of my adventures around the world, or my Facebook @jewelsoftheearthandsea, for uplifting news about the progress of sustainability.

 

I'm also a big mental health advocate, a survivor of depression, social anxiety, insomnia, and PTSD, and have loved ones with moderate to severe mental illness. I'm free to chat with you anytime about these things ❤️

 

Soooo, nice to meet you! 😜

 

Aloha Encantado/a Enchanté Dit was lekker om jou te sien তোমাকে দেখে খুশি হলাম រីករាយដែលបានជួបអ្នក 好高興見到你 Het was leuk om je Es war nett Tov lir'ot Hajimemashite good fo watch yu Te spectare gaudeo Gembira bertemu dengan awak 很高兴见到你。 Ninne kandathil enikku santhosham undu Hyggelig å møte deg از ملاقات شما خوشحال شدم Bom te ver Încântat/a Obawa dakinna labeema sathuta Trevligt att träffas Masaya ako na nakita ka App say mil kar acha laga

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Aloha, my name is Jasmine Ayla.

I'm a freelance writer, editor, and content creator based out of Maui, Hawai'i, USA.

I travel the world, write, take photos, surf, and hike!

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