Summer lovin’ happened so fast
Like a delightful, rushing wind the summer solstice has come and gone. Though the edges of summer still remain, burning as hot as ever in some hemispheres, in my neck of the woods she is slowly cooling to make way for a new season. It’s this fact that made me realize I spent the entire summer not blogging. I have several half
-assed written blog posts, but this is my first published post of the summer; better late than never, right?
When i’ve been missing in action I typically get curiosity from people around three topics: where I’ve been, where I’m traveling to next and if I plan to slow down anytime soon. Inevitably, folks also ask about my work life and how I sustain my travel. It’s been over a year since my departure from my corporate job, and current trends show no sign of me returning to that world.
If you are new to my blog, I recommend checking out my article Rooted Nomad, that gives the low down on my current lifestyle. Life has truly evolved over the past year. What started off as a one year sabbatical has gradually become a new way of life.
After quitting my job in the corporate world I started a business offering freelance consulting work, which led to a full-time role with a startup tech company. I plan to continue both my freelance work globally and work full-time for the tech company; both roles are remote and allow me the freedom to live unbound. I’ve also had a number of people express interest in ‘Travel to Jamaica with Yours Truly,’a cultural immersion trip I will host next year to my little island.
“when you want something all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it” -Paulo Coelho
The past year has confirmed for me the power that comes from speaking my dreams and not putting limits on what I can accomplish. I’ve learned that for the things I have been called to do I will be given the sufficient energy, time and people to do it with. I now know what it truly means to be rich, not because of what I own but because of who i’m becoming and a refreshed appreciation for the experiences of this life.
That said, I have no plans of slowing down anytime soon. This summer birthed new opportunities for me to grow, both as a professional and in my personal life. In terms of my whereabouts, I spent two months watching the glorious blood orange sunsets in California. Followed by 2 weeks catching up with friends in breathtaking Colorado. I am currently back home in Florida, and will hang here to finish out the summer.
Living the dream
Come October I head to Frankfurt and London, both stops are work related. I will be attending the largest cultural event in the world, the Frankfurt Book Fair (yay!). My level of excitement is what we Jamaicans would call “glad bag burst!” Translation: the part of me that fills with gladness is so full at this moment that it may just burst right open.
People often ask me how I designed this life and I tell them two things:
1) I wish I had a secret formula. I’ve shared tips in previous articles, but however you slice it, it takes *Rihanna’s voice* “werk, werk, werk, werk, werk.” There isn’t a shortcut or a special masterclass series that’s gonna teach you everything you need to design the life you want. In my experience, it requires speaking out your dream, believing it’s a possibility and then applying hard work and grit. Scariest part for me, this is only the beginning. Though I am content with where I am, I know there is so much more to come.
“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
2) Here’s the other thing, I am confident I didn’t design this life all on my own. I feel called to it (like we often do with heartfelt dreams) and I choose to obey the call. Doing so definitely took a huge leap of faith, actual action steps that included risk. Sustaining this dream requires being flexible, not living for my ego and believing that my life is about something more than myself.
As a new season approaches I am eager to see how the rest of 2018 unfolds. I can hardly believe we are already in the 3rd quarter of the year. If you’ve been on the edge of taking steps towards a goal, or perhaps even a leap of faith, it’s not too late. Do it.