A woman with a curious mind looking for her WHY. Currently eating pizzas and hiking mountains while she figures it out.
I'm Ronna Grace Funtelar, a thirtyish storyteller, writer and eternal optimist. Add to that, a pretty enthusiastic hobby hiker and lover of dance. I also have a passion for mindfully helping others live beyond their comfort zone.
Made in the Philippines and raised in New Zealand, you can say that I’m a bit of a cultural ninja. It’s taken me awhile to embrace that, but I’m glad I did because it’s helped me to connect with people from all walks of life. Especially throughout my travels. That’s the best part of travel - to do life with people from various backgrounds.
Solo travel has always been my preferred form of travel - I really enjoy the freedom and spontaneity of it. Don’t you get lonely? Isn’t it dangerous to travel solo as a female? I hear that a lot, and to be honest, solo travel isn’t for everyone. Yes, there will be times that you get lonely. Of course there are places where it’s probably not safe to travel alone if you’re a woman. However, I have had more positive experiences than negative ones.
In September 2018, I decided to leave Whakatane, my hometown of over 20 years for Peru. Why Peru? You can read about it here, but in a nutshell, I had gone through such a massive transformation in my life that I needed space to figure myself out again. I quit my job, closed down my dance studio and paid what seemed like a lot of money for vaccinations. The woman who left New Zealand is long gone, and the one that will go home will at least, be a much happier one.
I guess you can say that every journey has a catalyst, and you can learn more about mine in my book STUCK: Friends, Lovers and The Obscurity of In Between. What I’ve learned is that even if what fueled the changes in my life were painful at the time, it didn’t have to be my fuel moving forward. Here, I’ve moved on from that chapter, and have used those lessons to embrace the magic of the unknown. So how do you take that leap of faith? My friend, Steph, once told me that change happens when the fear of staying in the same place is greater than the fear of change. Whenever I feel scared to make a decision or to take action, I hear Steph’s voice and it’s a piece of advice I’ll always be grateful for!
Where you can find me: 21/09/2019 - I’ve just returned to my hometown of Whakatane, New Zealand after a year in Peru. Here’s to more adventures in the land of the long white clouds!
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