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Lia Pontarelli - Living Audaciously

Hi there! I’m Lia. Thanks for stopping by! I know there’s a lot of websites out there that you could be checking out so I’m super excited you’re here!

Who am I? I’m a 38-year-old woman living in Iowa. I’ve lived here for the majority of my life, with the exception of 6 months when I tried moving to Southern California. I didn’t want to be that girl from Iowa who always regretted never moving away, so I left, and I came right back! I love it here!

After college, I got sucked into my J.O.B. I’ve worked in marketing, fundraising, public relations & event planning. I’ve also been involved in the communities I’ve lived in and giving back. I loved the work I did (most of the time). However, I always put my everything into it, which meant there wasn’t much left over for me.

I lived my life working towards what I thought was expected of me. Pushing further in my career. Trying to find my Mr. Right. Buying a house. And I was doing great! I mean, there was one year in which I was awarded 3 community awards: 40 Under 40, Outstanding Professional Fundraiser and Young Professional of the Year. Not to toot my own horn. But all of that didn’t really seem to fill my cup the way I was looking for it to be filled.

My mother would always ask about different trips and if I wanted to go with her (I have an AMAZING relationship with my mom!). Honestly, I did, but I always said no. I was afraid to make those plans in case something came up with work or my personal life. What if I met that Mr. Right? What if I had a big event come up at work?

Well, after I started having some panic attacks, feeling like I was completely losing myself in my job, and, let’s face it, some pretty crappy relationships, I knew I needed to make a change! I said yes to a trip to Mexico to swim with whale sharks and I quit my job! I fully intended on getting another one, but I knew I couldn’t keep doing what I was doing while I was waiting for that to happen. (Thankfully I was actually offered a job on my last day at my previous employer!)

I had decided that I was only going to fill my cup with the things that I wanted! Not what I thought was expected of me. I stopped waiting for some guy to show up, I started spending more time with my friends and family, and I started traveling again!

I’ve fallen in love with travel more and more over the years since then. From going to Africa to quick weekend road trips. I also enjoy seeing wildlife (animals make my heart happy) and exploring new areas. Traveling teaches us more about ourselves, and about the amazing world around us, and I love learning!

While I am a female traveler, I don’t necessarily travel solo the majority of the time. As I mentioned earlier, I have a great relationship with my mother and she is my travel buddy most of the time. I realize she won’t be around forever so I’m taking advantage of the opportunity to make some amazing memories with her while I can!

So, I’m living audaciously now! That means that I’m living a life where I’m taking more risks and doing more things to fill my cup!

My Other Loves

While I thoroughly love traveling, there are a few other loves in my life! One of them would be my furbaby, Wrigley. She is my child. There are also 6 children that I get to call my nieces and nephew. While 4 nieces are blood-related, one niece and my nephew are actually my best friends’ children, but they are very much my family!

Wrigley is my adopted furbaby
My Wrigley!

The various posts on this blog are about things I’ve learned, experienced, or want to experience! Places I’ve seen, things I’ve done. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy learning a little more about the wonderful world around us and get a spark within yourself and begin living audaciously too!

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