Napa Valley bloggerHello and welcome to my space – SHENSKA! My name is Paulina and if you’re here, I hope you’d like to learn a little bit more about me.

To explain you where and when I started my journey with blogging, I would have to go back to my teenage years. I always loved two things: collecting experiences and photos. Therefore, you could always find me exploring new places, meeting new people and capturing it all on my camera. 

I was born and raised in Poland. After completing my Bachelor’s Degree at American Studies in 2012, I decided to make a big move. It has always been a dream of mine to live in the United States, I just never knew quite how I’m going to make that dream come true. At 22, holding a college degree in my hands I realized, I know so much about America from the books and teachers now, that it only makes sense to move and see for myself how it really is. And so I did. After exploring my options, I decided to work as an Au Pair for an American family. At the time, I didn’t really care where I’m going to end up. So after interviewing with two families, I decided to go with the one from Delaware.

Living in Delaware turned out to be the best decision I ever made. My host family quickly became my real family, and I couldn’t be more grateful for each experience I got to share with them. If you wonder how was living in such a small state like Delaware? Well, it was sweet. I loved the fact I was in a short distance from many big cities, e.g. Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. or even New York City, but always got to go back home where I felt safe. However, given that I am a city girl at heart who loves adventures, I was sure to overgrow Delaware after few years. However, sometimes in life you have to do what you have to do before you can do what you want to do. Following that logic, I enrolled at a local community college and continued my educational journey. Early 2016 marked my last semester and soon I was to complete my Communications program.

Besides being a city girl at heart, I also always loved California. For the everlasting sunshine (summer baby!), good vibes, people, and of course, beautiful views. My last semester at an American college I could not stop thinking and planning my next big move. I knew it was time and I was so ready to start a new chapter in my life. After securing my job and a place to stay, in May 2016, I decided to move to Napa Valley! Now granted, the wine country was not a new place for me. I’ve spent my last summer there and after meeting wonderful people, something clicked and I knew I will have to come back there. Now, if you asked me where would my dream place to live be, I’d say San Francisco (or New York City if we’re talking East Coast). Reality was though, (beside the city being so overpriced), I was more familiar with Napa Valley and it just made more sense for me to settle there. And I’m glad I did!

After a big move, I also decided to move one more thing… my blog! If you have been following me for a while, you are probably familiar with my first fashion & travel photo diary, which I started in 2014. Needless to say, it was time to move on with a different domain and hosting, so I can bring more content to you guys. The name, however, stayed the same and I wish you will, too. I have grown a nice readership over those couple years and I am so grateful for each one of you. I would hate to see you go!

I hope you will enjoy this new space. I know I am excited for what’s in store… In life and the photos.