Wesley was raised in rural southern Oregon in the United States. She first moved to Japan in 2012 to teach English and help with recovery efforts related to the Fukushima Daiichi partial nuclear meltdown. In 2016 she moved to Miyagi, where she worked for Communa Inc. and ran Sendai Motions (Instagram @sendai_motions), an online magazine about Sendai City and Tohoku travel. Spending time in the Japanese countryside feels like a return to her country roots. She spends as much of her free time as possible outdoors hiking, camping, snowboarding, and cycle touring. All that exercise gives her an excuse to pursue her other passion: food and cooking.