Younger Bogart native pens memoir of her travels | Existence

Emily Dobberstein, a North Oconee High School graduate, knew that her path to self-discovery and healing would not be easy. At the age of 20, she went on a month-long cross-country road trip and lived on her car or a tent in cities she had chosen spontaneously.

Now Dobberstein has bundled her raw and heartfelt experiences in a book entitled “The Courage to Walk: A Memory of the Seven Thousand Miles That Healed Me”.

“I had no idea who I was, what I believed, where I was going or when I would be back,” she wrote in her book. “But I went and that was all that mattered.”

The book is available in print and digital through their website.emilydobberstein.com and via Amazon.

After Dobberstein graduated from NOHS in 2013, she moved to Boone, North Carolina to attend Appalachian State University. After her sophomore year, she began migrating between states in the first week of July 2015.

Dobberstein had no intention of writing a memoir paper, however, as she initially enjoyed writing only as a hobby. At the end of her trip, she was encouraged by a family member to write publicly about her travels and reflections, and after starting a blog, others motivated her to write a full-length book in the years that followed.

The narrative endeavors were a big break with what Dobberstein had pursued as a self-described “nerd from science and mathematics”.

She was a straight high school student and an avid athlete. She kept her high marks in college while doing three different jobs to support herself financially. With her busy schedule, she had little time to deal with various relational and religious trauma that she had experienced over the years.

“I didn’t have time to look at the things inside of me,” she said. “I knew I had to change something … I knew I had to take the first step.”

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