Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do here at Chasing Departures. I love sharing my view of the world with you through photography and writing. And I love that I have hopefully inspired some of you to get out and see the world!
But sometimes, I need a break.
In a world where we all go, go, go,
Sometimes we all need to step back and take a break.
What did I do while I was “on break?”
I worked on my business. I developed a plot for my National Novel Writing Month project this year. Then I scrapped that plot and started over. Then I did it again. And now I have no plot. Oops.
I went on a road trip with my family in Europe. We saw almost all of the Netherlands and the western side of Germany. I swear Germany just keeps calling me back year after year.
I also went on a road trip with Mom from Denver to home. With a dog. I have a series of Snapchats of the dog barking in every state (Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, and finally North Dakota) on the way home.
And I worked a lot at my real job. I define real as something that provides a steady paycheck every two weeks. The struggle of balancing adult life and travel lies with my real job. I am a department manager (yay! moving up in the world) but at the same time I am the department manager and can’t be taking every other week off to go gallivanting around the world. Plus I need to save money in order to do something I really want to do next year.
What is the plan for the rest of the year?
Writing. I have so many things to share with you guys. My goal is to post something every four days.
Traveling. I’ve lived in North Dakota for ten years now and I have barely explored my own backyard. I need to explore more. Like the cold war missile silo about an hour from my house. Did you know that if North Dakota would have left the US, it would have been the most powerful nation in the world in terms of nuclear might?
I also am planning on taking a weekend to go mine diamonds during mid-winter when I can no longer stand the cold.
And maybe a trip somewhere warm in the south. Or up north to see the Aurora. Who knows.