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About Dr. Jeramy Colvin

Hello all, my name is Dr. Jeramy Colvin, or just simply “Dr. J.” I am a psychologist, teacher, trainer, and coach, but mostly I am a world traveler!

Dr. Jeramy Colvin The Sanctuary of Truth
Sanctuary of Truth Museum, Chon Buri, Thailand. A handmade, wooden building depicting the philosophy of life.

From Professional to Professional Traveler

Being a student of personal growth my entire life, I have found that many of
my growth moments have been realized through my travels. Travel brings forth a
wealth of opportunities to learn and grow. We often start our journey by
mapping out where to go, then minimizing our possessions by deciding what is
needed. We become resourceful by making reservations and travel plans and
making our way through airports and translations, developing resilience along
the way. These travelers present many life lessons through culture, customs,
languages, and the many people we pass along the way. The challenge: most take
little or no time to learn from their experience, missing many life lessons
right before them, or even worse, they may not travel much further than where
they were born.

Like many people, I allowed life’s many challenges to keep me away from some
of the things I am passionate about, traveling the world and learning about
people and cultures. I allowed things like time, work, and often money to get
in the way of what I truly wanted in life, missing endless growth opportunities.
As I get older and ponder on how short life really is, I have come to
appreciate the importance of doing the things I have said I want to do. Travel is
high on the list, as is the opportunity to learn and grow from my journey.

As a kid, most of my travels were via family vacations, usually in the back
seat of a car or riding in a camper; yep, my family camped a lot. I spent much
time on these trips just staring out the window and seeing the world differently.
In High School, I took my first international trip. For the first time in my
life, I got to experience things like a different culture, food, money, and
people who spoke a foreign language… I was hooked!

I wish I could say that my life changed that day, and I chose a path that
would have led to frequent world travel. Like most, I followed the straight and
narrow, went to school, and worked, saving my time and money for the occasional
vacation for a week or two when it fit into my schedule.

I have been blessed to have experienced living in four different parts of
the US throughout my life. I grew up in Southern California but have lived in
Hawaii, Utah, and Florida for many years. Utah does not seem to fit well

into the list, but it affirmed my desire to see the world differently
and learn from everywhere I travel and live.

Dr. Jeramy Colvin at Doi Inthanon - The rooftop of Thailand
Doi Inthanon National Park. At 2,565 meters (8,415 ft), it is also known as the “Rooftop of Thailand.”

In the past couple of years, I experienced my challenges in life, some of which we have all experienced. Being laid off, a failed relationship and a global pandemic hit me hard, something many have experienced. However, what struck me was a harsh reality we all face: time and how limited it is for all of us, and truth be known, we never know when our time is up.

The life lessons are all around us – are we reading them?

After many, many months of disappointment, I decided enough was enough. I
had been struggling with many things in life, and not only was I depressed, but
I also started to see the world negatively, very unlike me. After months of
struggle, I decided it was time for a radical change in my life. I realized
that it was time to do what I have l; long said I wanted to do and, more
importantly, if I did not do it now, I would never do it. I decided it was time
to leave, travel the world, and learn by being a student of the world and share
my journey along the way.

After months of contemplation, lots of tears, and soul searching, I started
the process of minimizing my life. I set my life up to enable me to travel
anywhere, anytime, and for as long as I chose. My journey started with a six-week
adventure across the US, and then I headed to Asia.

On September 23, 2022, I said some hard goodbyes (some of which I am still
not okay with) and hit the road. I have traveled nonstop since I left, covering
more than 30K miles, and at the age of 53, I am just getting started.

Taking Time to See the World Around Us – All Around Us

Dr. Jeramy Colvin Doi Inthanon National Park
Doi Inthanon National Park. This is the view I had while taking the selfie above. Take time to see it from all sides.

Travel creates many opportunities for us to learn and grow. The challenge is
that we seldom take time to learn and grow from the many experiences around us
all. In more than 200 days on the road, this is perhaps the biggest lesson I
have learned. We are quick to take a selfie at a point of interest. Still,
sometimes we don’t take a self-inventory of ourselves in relation to the world
around us.

Sometimes some of the biggest lessons only require talking to a stranger,
eating something new, or turning around to see what is behind us. So often,
people are quick to visit the tourist hot spots, fly to destinations, and stay
at resorts because it is cheap. As a result, we often miss thousands of
experiences along the way; imagine that it really is about the journey.

Nomadic Reflections – Where Travel Meets Self Discovery

As I left on my journey, I was full of ideas about what to share and how to
share it. I have traveled a lot over the years, but never solo on this level,
and I had never traveled to Asia. Well, let’s say I was a bit overwhelmed, to
say the least. As I started to see my new home in Asia and experience all that
Thailand and other countries had to offer, I experienced so much literally
every day. I would map out a day with five attractions, and along the way, I
would pass dozens of things I wanted to see and do. I also met some of the most
amazing people along the way. These experiences created many growth moments and
life lessons. As a result, I developed the idea of creating Nomadic
Reflections.

The vision of Nomadic Reflections is to combine my passion for travel and
see the world more profoundly and fluidly (Nomadic) while taking time to learn
and grow from the many experiences, reflecting on the life lessons, and sharing
with others (Reflections). In developing this site and social media tools, I
hope to inspire others to see the world in a different way and discover the
many lessons around them.

Where Have I Been and Where Am I Going

I like to believe I have traveled a lot, and at the same time, I have seen
very little of the world; I am really just getting started. With 195 countries,
I have seen only about 7% of the world. I aspire to see them all, or at least
as many as I can; there may be a few that I would skip. I am a risk taker, but
some may be a no-go.

I have traveled to several countries more than once; honestly, I have been
to Mexico more often than I recall. I have also done a decent job of seeing
much of the US. However, with just 26 states under my belt, I also have much
ground to cover.

While seeing as many lands as possible is a goal, I prefer to spend time in
the country I visit. I have spent 5 months in Thailand, and I still have a lot
I want to see, so it is just about following my heart and seeing all I can.

I plan to spend time in Asia in the immediate future, continuing in Thailand
first, but soon on to Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, and one of my new
favorite countries, Japan. I don’t believe in a bucket list like many talks
about, but I have a short list, and as I see one, I add another. I want to see
them all and support others in setting travel goals. However, I am not one to
say “on my bucket list” when it comes to travel for sure; in my
experience, many say this sort of thing but travel very little… I am more of
the type who says, “Have passport, will travel,” and I go. To me,
full-time travel is a lifestyle, one that I embrace.

Yes, I Am Really A Doc

Dr. Jeramy Colvin Cap and Gown
A rare pic of me wearing a gown and hood at graduation.

A question I get often… are you really a doctor? Yes, I really am, and I
have found that the best thing my education has given me is a foundation to be
a good student in the world. I love learning about the cultures, traditions, religions, and mostly the people of the countries I visit. But for the record, I hold a doctoral degree in clinical psychology and a master’s and bachelor’s degree in business management. My education gives me insights into seeing the world differently, and I hope to share this with othersĀ 

My clinical background largely centers around working with at-risk youth in
the foster care system. I have worked in residential and outpatient settings
and spent time with teens and adults in two community mental health clinics. I
love working with kids, but my specialty is working with kids who have been
abused; it does take a bit of an emotional toll. I have taught both business
and psychology courses at the college level, lots of them, in fact, as a
full-time faculty member of a university for about seven years. I wear many
hats, such as coach, trainer, teacher, consultant, and therapist, but really I
like to think of myself as a student. I do my best to learn from others I meet,
and my goal is to learn as much as possible from as many as I can from all over
the world.

I chose to transition away from the professional clinical side to more of
the professional travel side. Nomadic Reflections is really who I am and
perhaps what I was born to do. This is a bold statement, as I am currently
creating only the 4th page of my new website. However, the combination of
psychology and travel is where my passion lies; honestly, I have been a bit of
a nomad my entire life.

More fun on the journey ahead and more updates in my regular posts.

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