It has been a full year, to the day, since I posted anything on this blog. A full year where an awful lot happened.
But I’m back. Back to writing at least. The lack of posts this past year in no way means a lack of travel. In the past twelve months I went to 10 countries and 12 states. Quite a few of these were repeats, but once again I spent just as much time on the road as in my own bed. In my next post I will give all the details of my 2016 travels.
Here’s a sneak peak.
I stopped posting for personal reasons that I don’t currently want to discuss in such a public forum, but March of last year kicked off one of the most difficult and confusing times in my life and writing took a back seat. Travel became a way to escape and while one of my goals in 2016 was to settle a bit and start saving for the future, that just didn’t happen. I kicked off the new year in Asia, spent my spring and summer camping and reading in my hammock in the woods, and I state-hopped between Colorado and California three times. Later in the year I took an impromptu trip to Europe and a road trip in the southern United States. I wasn’t home for more than eight weeks in a row all year, and throughout all that I really did heal and reassess my thoughts on the direction I want to go in the coming years.
My husband and I are still in San Diego (although we did move apartments). Logan (my husband) is still in school getting his Ph. D. in Physics, and I am still a substitute teacher. We still have a “normal” life in terms of bills and pets and a permanent home. But in so many ways we have changed this year. For the first time in my life something I really wanted didn’t work out and I have learned a lot about myself in learning to cope with that. Obviously things in my life have gone wrong before, but I am a big believer in working hard and being creative to achieve the life you want. Sometimes things happen that are really outside of your control and the only thing you can do is learn how to deal. This year I dealt by running away for a bit. But now I am back.