“I am on a lonely road and I am traveling, traveling, traveling. Looking for something, what can it be?” — Joni Mitchell
Who writes this stuff?
Me = Born on the west coast, raised in a super small mid-Michigan town, sister to 3 amazing individuals, part of a huge extended family, key member in one of the best best-friend groups out there, a bit bruised from past loves (although I now know most pains were preventable), excited for life and whatever comes next.
Things I love: my dog, almost any body of water, sunny skies with fluffy clouds, open-air concerts, airports, Almost Famous.
Things I don’t love: pinot noir, impatient mutters in checkout lines, goodbyes, factory farming, war.
Things I’m good at: seeing the bright side, using ellipses improperly, making a mean skinny bitch (pint glass + 4 ice cubes + 1.5 shots flavored vodka + 1 thick lemon wedge + 1 thick lime wedge + remaining glass filled with water + bendy straw).
Things I’m not good at: clean breakups, driving at night, disciplining my dog.
Why blog? Why now?
In early 2012 I realized the life path I was on wasn’t one which would lead to true, honest fulfillment – I had a great friend group, a secure job in my degree field, a wonderful tight-knit family, and three pets who called me “mom” using the sweetest pet eyes possible (in my opinion, of course). But, something was missing — what was it? I knew pretty quickly this was a question that wouldn’t (and won’t) be easy to answer, but it was one that required my whole attention and effort if I really wanted to know.
As I started piecing together bits that might fit into the ideal life, I realized there were so many things I needed to learn, to do, and to exercise. I needed hands-on practice if I was going to change my habits, my attitudes, and my thoughts… If I was going to change ME into the best version of ME that could exist I needed to spend some long, hard hours working on myself.
So, late November, 2012, I quit my job, donated nearly half of my belongings, and found temporary homes for my pets. I was going on a soul-searching journey in Central America, and then, unless plans should change along the way, I’d attempt a purposeful restart in the Pacific Northwest. [To read an update from November 2013, click here.]
I’m inviting you on this journey with me. I’ll share the practical knowledge I’m gaining, the lessons I’m learning about living in this too-much/too-fast/too-everything world, and I’ll seek your input and insights along the way.
Let’s be honest, wear our favorite green jeans, and figure this all out. And laugh, and smile, and cry a bit if need be. Together.