Friday is my last day at work. Beyond the obvious oncoming lifestyle changes there’s a feeling of renovation. There’s an internal change, too. One that reminds me of an old fixer-upper or a set of antique furniture painted and re-painted through the generations. You pull on your work jeans and boots, cast tarps about, and load in the tools. Then the anticipation – the apprehension – at what you’ll find beneath the old wallpaper and layers of paint.
What will I find? To what structure will life adhere without the typical work days and morning alarms and commutes. Rather than being anxious about this, I am elated at what feels like a move toward a more natural state for me.
Eleven months of blogging and I have achieved many of the goals I originally set out to accomplish. I have weathered internal and external “storms” but pushed on. I have made many mistakes and fumbled, often blindly, through a new world of travel bloggers, writers, and networking. I have chronicled my mental and physical transition to a place of possibility. And I haven’t even really started the journey yet.
My story is not so special, and it’s for this reason that I hope some shred of it empowers you.
Plans & Happenings
The last month has been filled with attending to many small details and tasks in preparation for my departure to Argentina. I’ve fleshed out the things I’ll bring with me, which has involved several stops at REI and Target, and tried to get things in order around the house for Sarah. Couple these tasks with finishing my last few weeks at work and continuing to blog and it has been a pretty hectic time.
A nice diversion was meeting up with Lucinda Vette of Single with Luggage last week for coffee and tea. We chatted about travel, careers, and living the unconventional life. Lucinda has lived a wildly adventurous life and the meeting registers as another win for social media – I’ve yet to meet someone in person courtesy of Twitter that I didn’t like. It has me very optimistic for what my future plans have in store.
Just last night I had an interesting Skype call with Marcello Arrambide of Wandering Trader who’s currently living in Buenos Aires and seeing everything Argentina has to offer on the weekends. We talked about his recent trip to Salta, Buenos Aires, and squared away some logistical details for my impending arrival and stay with him. I feel lucky to have such a welcoming host to break in the trip.
Features & PR
This past month has continued a string of exciting PR for Traveling Savage. October kicked off with my unconventional travel around the world post being included in the fourth edition of The Maiden Voyage’s Gen Y Travel Blog Carnival. A few days later, I was informed that my blog was #10 on the Top 150 travel blogs for students on CollegeScholarships.org. Nice! According to TravMonkey, Traveling Savage is also in the top 100 travel sites according to Google.
I was very pleased to be a vagabonding case study on Rolf Potts’ Vagablogging site this month. I respect Rolf’s writing and travel philosophy, and the previous case studies have all been admirable people. Andrew over at Grounded Traveler included my post Hope Is for the Future in his periodic round-up of favored blog posts. Ordinary Traveler then included my post on enriching travel through mindfulness in their weekly round-up.
Finally, last Friday I met with the associate editor of Madison Magazine. After I notified them of my plans, they decided to interview me for a piece in their March 2011 issue. This has got me very excited not only for the possible exposure of Traveling Savage, but because I respect the magazine and love this town! Expect more information if and when this gets published.
A month from now, when I’m writing November’s State of the Savage, I’ll be somewhere in Argentina, three weeks deep on a different continent, in another world. Where will you be one month from now? Will it be closer to where you want to be?
Original photo by Bastien Vaucher via Flickr under Creative Commons