This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Alex Potter. One of the first things Alex told me when we spoke was that she always knew hers would be a travel centered life. Travel along with living and working abroad changes and enlightens, anyone who chooses to do so. You can’t help, but change a little, at least a little once you’re exposed and immersed in a culture other than yours.
Anthony Bourdain once said: “Travel changes you as you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly. You leave marks behind however small. And in return life and travel leaves marks on you.”
Alex went to school to become a nurse. During that time she chose to study abroad. She spent time in India, Uganda, and Jordan, while working on her degree. All the while she knew she had a passion for journalism and photography. Once she graduated, nursing jobs were tough to find and she returned to Jordan. That was the start of a career that would find her in Jordan, Yemen and Iraq. Just to name a few of the countries. Her story takes twists and turns involving revolutions invasions, wild land, firefighting, trauma nursing, and in the middle of all of it, finding love. Alex has experienced her share of trauma, death, loss, and grief.Never one to back down from a challenge, Alex has met it all head on and with her head up. Perseverance and a life fulfilled are the themes running through every aspect of her human experience.