Hooray! I just received news that I was accepted to talk about my past year adventure at Ignite San Francisco later this month. I’m so excited (and nervous)! GULP! I just hope the audience will enjoy 5 minutes of Stanley pictures!! Just kidding, I think I have some things to say. 🙂 Here’s what I said to get in:
Long story short. I’ve been on an adventure.
For much of my early-40-ish life, I’d always done the “right” thing. The good schools, the advanced degrees, the stressful jobs. All along the way, I dreamed of other paths I wasn’t taking. I collected lists of things I’d wished that I’d done. I regretted that I, for some reason, stayed away from activities that weren’t “aligned with my education,” and so I missed out on living with true purpose.
Somewhere way back in 2014, I decided to make a change. And what I decided on was this: I would hit the road and live somewhere new every month. Every month, I’d go to a new town and strike a fine balance between really living like a “local” AND taking in all of the sites that only a tourist can still recognize. So, I prepared by saving and building up a business that allowed me to work from anywhere. And 1 year later, I put my stuff in storage and walked out the door…
And now…12 months, 2 countries, 19 towns, 20 Airbnb lodgings later, I’d like to share my story.
I want to share my story for many reasons.
I want to talk about what can happen when life gets “off course.”
I want to talk about what can happen when you’re the one who’s consciously thrown it there.
I want to explore the concept of a creative life, of ways to reconsider the traditional structures and paths associated with education, work, skills, and knowledge.
I want to share a story of how creating a non-traditional work life can offer the freedom of doing fulfilling work, without limitations.
And I don’t want you to keep telling me that you are “living vicariously” through my experiences…
I want you to go out and live your own.