For well over a decade I lived and worked in New York City. I worked more than I thought it was humanly possible for many of the 10+ years I was in Manhattan, and for a long time I thought my job was my life and my life was my job. I was successful but terribly unhappy. In 2005, I took a giant leap of faith and took a break for 2 years. I traveled to Asia, went to Mexico and Costa Rica to learn Spanish, took classes at the Institute of Culinary Education, became a certified yoga instructor, and took up Mandarin Chinese. It was the best 2 years of my life. I returned work in 2007 as a changed person, someone whose identity was no longer tied to her job, someone who’d come to appreciate the meaning of balance.
In 2010, I decided it was time to make a bigger change. I let go of most of my material possessions by giving them away or donating them, and gave up having a permanent home so that I can travel without feeling obligated to return. Now I get to visit all the places I’ve dreamed about, and if I want to stay and live somewhere for a while, I do. I try new things, learn new languages, meet interesting people, deepen my yoga practice, and enjoy every single day.
I keep a separate journal but use this little blog as a way to document my travels. Most of the times (I’d say ~99%) it’s about where I went (usually by walking), what I’m learning (probably a foreign language or yoga), and what I ate (always a ton). All of this is definitely not very interesting but as I don’t speak to my family often when I’m on the road, this blog helps me keep in touch with everyone. I don’t know about other Moms but mine always asks, “are you eating well?” Here she gets to see that not only am I eating well, I’m eating all the time.
I try to update the dates & places section whenever I figure out where I’m going next. I don’t know how long I’ll be traveling but I don’t quite see the end just yet. So if you want, pack light and join me.
The space within becomes the reality of the building- Frank Lloyd Wright