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Friday, January 23, 2009

Back From The Dead!

My mother hates when I describe myself as "dead inside." I say it half-jokingly, but the truth is the daily grind was killing my soul and stifling my creativity. I had to get out. Just take a look at this picture. A coworker randomly snapped a pic on his phone and this was the result. I wasn't posing or anything. Sorry Mom, but the only caption I can come up with is: DEAD INSIDE.

The good news? I'm back from the dead! I daydreamed and planned and pinched pennies and thought of a way to become a nomad. The time is finally here. In less than a week I will leave for my adventure. I'll soon be posting pictures where you can see the JOY in my face! I haven't been this happy in a really long time. Sure I had plenty of doubts (Did I budget enough? What about this recession? Am I crazy? blah blah blah). But the idea of not going was more terrifying than any of these other doubts.

The plan is to travel around the U.S. visiting friends and family. I hope to get a lot of writing done along the way. I can't wait to explore new cities! First stop, Seattle! My Seattle friend suggested I write all about my pre-trip thoughts, but I don't have much to say. It all feels very surreal. It's very, very strange. I don't know how to describe it.

Photo courtesy of Mike Hansel.


  1. I hear you. Sometimes you have to shake up your life and go for the unexpected. Change can be scary, however it can also be, as you say, an adventure!! I once heard a speaker describe life as the greatest adventure. Hats off to you for a life revival. :)

  2. Good luck; those Seattle people are nuts. Make sure to bring a jacket and never leave your drink unattended.

  3. glad you're back! even as a little tike you loved to explore! even though at that time it was just thru the kitchen cabinets or some other corner of the house, but non the less always looking to discover new things! you know when you first coined this phrase - dead inside - as much as it pained me that you were suffering, i could totally relate and more than you can know understood the "drive to revive" your spirit. and for sure i already was seeing the joy in your face when helping you pack up! my love is with you all the way!

  4. And WHAT may I ask were you doing in Mark's office of awesomeness?!?