From January to August this year I lived on the road with my 13 year old daughter. We travelled around the east coast of Australia, as far south-west as Discovery Bay in Victoria and as far north as Port Douglas in Queensland. I drove around 12,000km as we moved from one Airbnb to another, or stayed with friends.
Our trip ended a month ago and we’re settling into our new city – Brisbane.
I’m currently writing my September newsletter, and want to reflect on what I’ve learned about my work in the introduction. I was having trouble getting started writing this piece yesterday so turned to ‘travel quotes’ on Pinterest for inspiration. Thanks to the Bohemian Bowmans blog I came across a quote that perfectly captured why I travelled.
While my imagination and capacity for enthusiasm hadn’t completely eroded, this quote got me started with my opening paragraph:
I embarked on an extended road trip because I felt stuck. I lived in a busy, expensive city. I worked hard on consulting projects to pay the rent. I rarely socialised. I was struggling to support my child contend with an alienating school environment. I felt my choices, freedom and vitality being stripped away from me. I travelled to get unstuck.
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Spoiler alert – yes, I did get unstuck. The extended period on the road has opened up new ways of working and new opportunities. I’m currently in that ‘in-between’ stage, the ‘unfrozen’ stage, where I’m exploring possibilities and alternatives for how I want to work and reshaping my business model. My mindset is open and expansive, and I’m excited about the options I’m exploring. (More on this in upcoming Daily Dispatches.)