Like I confessed to you in Monday’s post, I love formulas and rules and instructions. I constantly try to boil things down into steps and procedures. I dislike gray areas. I choke on ambiguity. (But clearly, not on hyperbole.) This is why I’m a full-time copyeditor who just happens to write, instead of a full-time writer. So please forgive me for trying to take a critical, creative process and simplify it into a finite number of steps and questions. My hope is not that this confines you, but that it helps to dispel some of the cloudiness surrounding what I… Read More
The timing of Lent is perfect. It usually begins sometime in February, not long after our New Year’s resolutions have failed and our motivation to reach new goals has fizzled out. The thing about Lent is that it’s only 40 days long—I can do almost anything for 40 days. And if I make a mistake, I haven’t failed and ruined what was finally going to be the year of PERFECTION. I know the Lord will forgive me and let me try again.
I recently took one of those quizzes that was trending on my Facebook feed. You know the ones I’m talking about: “Which Frozen Character Are You?” (Elsa), “Which Decade Should You Have Lived In?” (the 1950s), and “Which Color-Number Combination Best Represents Your Philosophy on Cooking?” (I may have made up that last one). This quiz was called “Which State Should You Live In?” (By the way, I was hoping for California.) According to my quiz results, I should really live in Hawaii. I’LL TAKE IT. Here’s the explanation that went with it: “The slower pace of island life is… Read More
In part 1 of this little series, I shared some initial thoughts about why many people don’t travel much, despite their desire to do so. I fully acknowledge that travel can be costly in terms of money and time (though it doesn’t have to be). But while many people say they can’t afford to travel, I believe traveling is possible when we shift our mindsets and our priorities. My theory (actually, “theory” is a generous term . . . let’s call it “speculation”) is that people assume they can’t travel because they have one or two big misconceptions:
I’ve been ruminating on these words from Robert Louis Stevenson for several months now: “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” What I hear in his words is simply this: “It doesn’t matter where you go. Just go.”
I realize that my first post was a sweeping, fly-over introduction of the concept behind this blog and my own heart. Quite a big task for a single post, and I kind of feel like I need to breathe deeply into a paper bag, as it is now public and I’m really doing this whole blogging thing. To be honest, I felt more fear and vulnerability after I shared that post than I did before I took the leap. Thanks to all of you who read that first piece and offered up your kind words. It means so much to me. As I was… Read More
Welcome to The Nested Nomad! I have been dreaming about and planning for this blog for almost a year now. I am so glad you’re here with me as I launch this concept. These are my bottom lines: I love to travel, and I am passionate about living simply. My dream for this blog and community is to learn with you what it means to live simply, consciously, and adventurously wherever you are.