At some point along the way, I lost my gusto for making videos. It's never good when a fun, creative thing starts to feel like work. But there is also a fine line between naturally moving away from a project/idea and just flat out giving up because it's hard. I was in the latter category and I didn't want to let myself get away with that. So I'm resolute in the continuation of making videos through my very last stop (however long it takes!)Read More
Sometimes, it's nice for something to be exactly what you thought it would be. I knew I would have fun in L.A. I knew it would be an "easy" place to live because I already knew people there. Heck, I had already visited multiple times! I had spent many nights in the apartment I would now call home for the next two months. I knew I would clear my normal hurdles seamlessly. After a long trip from Austin, driving into LA almost felt like going home. It came at the perfect time in the arc of this trip. I was tired of being on the road and ready to have a semblance of stability.Read More
How do you uproot your life more than quitting your job and living in different cities for 2 months at a time? You live in four different places within that city for two months! Sounds terrible, right? Yeah well, I made a lot of mistakes in Austin.Read More
It's been three months since I landed in Nashville. Confused, anxious, and very sweaty, I never imagined I'd be so sad to go.
The first few weeks were rough. I wanted to leave so badly. I thought I had made a huge mistake with this trip. That trying to "settle" in a place for only 2 months was a ludicrous idea. I had very little work to do, very few contacts, and very little confidence that I had made the right decision. Anxiety... now that I had in spades. I spent a lot of time making excuses for why I didn't like the city, turns out that's a thing I do when I get to a new place (I'll save that for another post.)Read More
As I left Nashville I was thinking a lot about what's changed for me over the past few months; how I've grown, in what ways I feel different. Some days it smacks me in the face (like when I get in the car on my way to Detroit barely knowing the plan.) Sometimes it shows itself more subtly (like when I no longer feel a sense of dread when I enter a social situation.)Read More
Do you ever think about packing for vacation and feel like you need to buy a whole new wardrobe to fulfill your destiny as "Los Angeles You" or "Denmark You" or " [Insert magical place] You"?
I do this every time I think about packing for anywhere. Even if it's a weekend trip somewhere I've been a million times. I think about the people I'll be with and what they dress like. I think about the events I'm going to and stress about the varying levels of casualness I may need to pull off at any moment. (I think very little about the weather.)Read More
A few weeks ago my friends/current roommates Emma and Sean asked me if I wanted to join them on their trip to Detroit to see a show. One of their friends wasn't able to come anymore so they had an extra ticket, an extra space at the AirBnB and they were driving. Not to mention my roommate from Boston was going to be there too! All the stars aligned and I said yes.Read More
One of the first projects I got excited about when planning this trip was video vignettes that captured the feel of the cities I planned to live in. I knew I had to start with Boston, the city I've lived in for the past 7 years, but there was one small problem... I've never made a video before. Not even a high-school movie maker situation. Nothing. I had no idea where to start! Luckily, one of my very own best friends is a videographer. Here is what he told me:Read More
Do you ever say something so many times that it begins to feel true? Like when you co-opt someone else's story for simplicity's sake only to realize one day that you actually thought it was your own? That's a bit how I feel with this trip. I've talked about it so much, said the same spiel over and over to so many different people, that I actually began to believe my own elevator pitch.Read More
I was kicking myself when I realized that I would be driving through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and hadn't planned any time to stop. So I did some quick research and realized that "auto-touring" the park is very popular so off I went. This trip was basically a repeat of Shenandoah. Lots of pulling over, lots of "wooooo!" as I passed scenic view after scenic view. I must've pulled over 50 times to take (what looks like) the exact same picture.Read More
I can't believe it. I'm finally on this trip. Here it is! Here I am... in a coffee shop in Asheville, North Carolina drinking nitro-cold brew like a true hipster. It's a pretty gross scene actually... I'm on my fancy new laptop that I had to buy for freelancing, wearing my wireless gold Beats headphones that I lied to the Apple store employee to get for free with said ludicrously expensive laptop (I mean.. it was the least Apple could do.) This scene really could be anywhere. The only thing grounding me in North Carolina are all the southern accents I hear at the tables around me.Read More
This Cheryl Strayed quote has been my mantra lately. Some days I wake up and I can't believe what I'm about to do. The fear creeps in before I'm even able to emerge from under the covers. Some days I can't see any other option. On these days, I get goosebumps just thinking about it. I've been planning this trip for over a year. But as I cull down my belongings and pack my car it feels as if I've planned nothing at all.Read More