"This is my life. It is my one time to be me. I want to experience every good thing" ~ Maya Angelou


Thanks for visiting my website!

I have had many friends tell me I should create a travel blog, ask me for relationship advice, ask me for health advice, or tell me they’d love to volunteer with me.
So here it is, all 4 in one easy-to-navigate site!

The start of Hay-LeeLiving:

I flew for the first time ever, from New Orleans to Dallas where I met friends and road tripped to San Francisco. That was August 9th, 2005. I was 19 years old. Every city was completely different and every mile I felt that my eyes and mind opened a bit more. I got back to my home in New Orleans on the 16th and packed 2 changes of clothes and my dogs. I went to Covington, Louisiana, my home town, to visit my parents and to ride my horse. That weekend I was stuck in Covington because Hurricane Katrina had changed course. A week and a half later I called my landlord to let him know I was absolutely moving back as soon as New Orleans opened again. That’s when I found out that my house had burned down.

I flew to Shingle Springs, California with my chihuahua and two changes of clothes. I stayed with Jackie, the founder of Katrina Relocate California. My job was to help her with the website and to coordinate clothing and food drives, contact families and set them up with compatible refugees, help the refugees of Katrina find jobs, etc..I remember a teenager in New Orleans talking to me on the phone as I was taking note of what things she needed. She was angry and frustrated and said,  “You don’t know what I am going through!” I said, “Actually I am a Katrina refugee as well. I lost my home, too.”. She immediately calmed down and we set her up with an apartment, clothes, food, a job, bedding, kitchen appliances, etc.. I flew back to New Orleans December 15 that year and got an apartment for myself and my 2 dogs(P-nut had stayed with my parents because he was too old to fly).

I was no longer a materialistic, selfish by default..teenager.

I am now a 26 year old, healthy, altruistic, world traveler.

TRAVEL: I have stamped my passport for 7 other countries.
HEALTHY BODY: I eat healthy foods and exercise everyday.
HEALTHY MIND: Changing your life is as easy as changing your perspective.
ALTRUISM: I have since turned a homeless man, Myron, into an employed, housed resident of New Orleans. I remember when he called me from his landline and told me how he was doing. I bawled like a little baby.
I annually coordinate clothing, toiletries, blankets, and food drive for the homeless in New Orleans under the S Claiborne bridge.
I helped organize the rebirth of a fallen zoo, the Arlen Siu Zoo in Leon, Nicaragua.
I take in orphaned or injured wild animals, feed strays, and even bathe the ones that let me. 🙂

My non-profit is viewable at http://www.hatcht.com (Helping Animals That Can’t help Themselves)

“I am only one, but still I am one.” ~Helen Keller

Life’s Lessons:

*Shit happens  *Everyone and everything is only a flight away  *Helping people and animals is just as rewarding to the helper as it is to the one in need.

To help Guide you through the site:

The main tabs have an introductory to the smaller tabs.

Some COUNTRIES have videos posted on them from travels and the CITIES have helpful info for those who will be traveling abroad to the destinations featured.

I will be posting videos and will announce on the home page when new ones are up.

My hope is that at least one person is helped by this site; even if it’s learning to make a kick ass smoothie. 😉


4 responses

  1. Jordan

    Hey! I found this blog through google. I am traveling to some of the same exact places in costa rica/panama and it would be helpful to talk to a real person whose been there instead of look at travel sights. Do you check the blog regularly?

    January 22, 2012 at 7:09 am

    • I do now! Sorry for the delay. Did you go yet? I have been up and down Central America twice a year for the past 3 years, so if you have any questions, let me know.

      August 22, 2012 at 11:47 pm

  2. Kellie Taylor

    I could not be more proud of my sister. What an inspiration you are. I have to say I have been the back seat passenger to you’re life’s adventure. At times I sat hunched over biting my nails but most often I was on my feet with my hands in the air and a huge smile on my face as tears from the whirlwind trickled from the corners of my eyes. I knew you as the mischievous child who would save ants from the swimming pool, to the teen who worked at as an assistant at a vet’s office bringing home wounded birds or the unadoptable dog or cat(jelly,peanut and Dante) to the amazing woman you are today. This blog will do the talking for me. No need to describe you any further! Love you so much

    August 23, 2012 at 1:30 am

    • Aw Kellie!! Thanks so much, that’s so nice of you. I can’t believe I have so many things to post on here. Hope I can update my past travels before this winter’s shenanigans. xo

      August 23, 2012 at 5:01 am

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