Paige Smith

Hi, I’m Paige. I'm a freelance writer and traveler, among other things. I'm currently based in Orange County, California where I was raised, but I take joy in knowing I’ve left little pieces of my soul scattered in various places around the world. I’ve previously lived and taught English in South Africa and France, and tend to spend hours daydreaming of where to explore next. I adore travel, books, running, Mexican food, learning languages, and connecting with people across cultures.

I created this blog as a way to catalog my many passions and ideas and to share them with interested readers. I hope this small corner of the Internet serves as a positive space to retreat to when in need of entertainment, fresh perspectives, inspiration, or a sense of virtual camaraderie.

If you’d like to say hello, feel free to reach out to me any time: ftgw.blog@gmail.com

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The origin of the name of this blog comes from the Cherokee legend below, which my grandfather shared with me when I was young. The story encompasses the philosophy by which I try to live my life. In all I do, I attempt to spread light and love and to nourish the good energy within me.

Cherokee Legend

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”