April 6th, 2015
I realized in the last year that we have this thing we do where we set a lofty goal, work really hard to get there, and then as soon as we do, we tell ourselves, “okay, onto the next.” It makes for very productive, very exhausting days. And the thing about all of this is that for me, there’s this mind game element where I somehow convince myself that as soon as I do x, I’ll settle in, be more present, take a break, etc, etc.
I felt this happen when we finally saved enough to buy our condo last spring. There was this chaotic flurry of events leading up to it and following it, and then as soon as we unpacked the last box and it became a lot more quiet, we got this intense urge to travel…like pack up our tiny car with a suitcase and the dogs and just go. Leave it all behind.
May 5, 2015
For all of the amazing things technology brings to our lives, it can also make us feel really isolated, anxious, and disconnected. It can pull us from being present in the moment, from slowing down, from getting out, from seeing and doing.
…this adventure has the potential to be life-changing, and that’s exactly the point. How exciting to try out different ways of living instead of our usual routines, to live for the experiences instead of the destinations. There can be such promise and joy in not knowing.
May 11, 2015
This morning I woke up with the realization that it’s very often the simple things in life that are the most wonderful. Somewhere along the way, we’ve learned that we value experiences over stuff.
June 3, 2015
And then the sky turned such a bright gradient of orange and pink, I actually stopped what I was doing inside the house three separate times to go outside and just stare at it in awe.
June 17, 2015
We’ve declared today to be an “easy day”, which makes me laugh because shouldn’t every day be an easy day when you take a year “off” to explore? But this isn’t a vacation in the traditional sense—we want to push ourselves, get outside our city-centric world, and learn more about how other people live and how we think we want to live this time next year. It’s exciting and eye-opening and tiring, because each moment feels very, very full.
July 22, 2015
One of the things we most wanted to do during our year-long road trip was to try different ways of living. Small towns, big cities, mountains, deserts, farm life, and most especially—tiny living. There are so many people who aren’t living the way we live in Boston with 1,400 sq. ft., a sizable mortgage, looooong work weeks without clear boundaries between business and personal. And while this was the life we crafted and one that gave us a lot of satisfaction to build, it’s sort of mind-blowing to stay in a yurt on ninety-six acres, a tiny cabin in Pray, MT, a horse farm in Wisconsin, and realize that you can strip away a whole lot of the stuff and space and live exceptionally well.
No words could do this last year of our lives justice, though if we were to provide one takeaway it would be this:
There are a lot of sound reasons to talk yourself out of going on an adventure—time, money, and all of the scary what-ifs. But you know what? Life is short. So if you want to take a year-long road trip, quit your job, move cross-country (or whatever makes your heart feel like it might beat right out of your chest)—do whatever you need to do to make that happen.
Find our previous road trip posts here.