Planning Your First Solo Trip? Let’s Talk.


When I first started solo traveling long term, I had very little information about how it would all work. I’m pretty good a planning so I laid out what I could and then took off. If you want to look at pieces of that story, my old blog The Social Caterpillar is now in ebook form, available here. Looking back, there are so many questions I could have asked and instead learned the answers as I went.

If you’re looking at a solo trip or long term travel and feel overwhelmed, I get it. It’s a lot to think about all at once. That’s why I’ve set aside time to talk to you. You can set up a 15 minute call with me to go over your biggest questions, and you can send the questions in advance so I can think about them ahead of time. That way, we can dive right in and not waste any of our precious time together.

  • Have you been thinking about taking off on a trip, but wonder…
  • What will I do with all my stuff?
  • What should I take with me?
  • Where will I stay?
  • Where will I go?
  • How will I make money?
  • How will I _______?

There are so many questions. And everyone’s answers are different. That’s why I won’t just tell you what to do, but help you figure out what works for you.

Curious? Start Here.

When your Think cannot Brain

You know how when you’ve got a lot going on, you tend to forget simple things, like making sure you’ve removed all the styling pins from your hair before you leave the house? Or something… less specific to what I did yesterday… Anyway, it’s like your brain can’t take one more thing.

It’s actually just like that, you’ve reached your brain’s capacity, or maximum cognitive load. Everything you put your brain in charge of adds to it’s cognitive load, kind of like filling a bucket. Worrying about your promotion? Into the bucket. Planning your next get-together with the neighbors? Into the bucket. Studying a new language? Into the bucket. It all adds up and the bucket overflows, spilling out what it can’t hold. Read more

New Orleans and a Year’s Wardrobe in a Carry On

 

A lot going on right now. Phew

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: I’ve given up my apartment and put my stuff in storage. Okay, so it’s a little different, last time I had a house and sold my stuff.

Right now, I’m in New Orleans, the Irish Channel district to be specific. I’ve got a couple of big projects I’m working on to keep my busy, of course. Those books I mentioned that were calling to me to be crafted? I’m in process on both of them, with sites coming soon.

11 Pieces of Clothing, 1 Carry On, A Year’s Worth of Possibilities

The first one is Carry On 365, a packing system using 11 pieces of convertible clothing to create over a years worth of non-repeating outfits.I know, it sounds nuts, a year’s wardrobe in a carry on bag. I’ve done the photo shoot and have all the clothes with me here in New Orleans and actually, my bag is 5 linear inches smaller than the standard carry on. So, you’ve still got room for any extras that I don’t carry like a travel dryer or make up. Read more

Happy 2014

Happy 2014, my dears!

In the midst of all the resolutions and regrets, I’d like to note that every day is a new opportunity. Yes, the fresh page on the brand new calendar is inspiring (or possibly intimidating), and yet, no matter how wonderfully or badly yesterday went, we’ve still got today. This goes for all yesterdays and all todays.

While acknowledging the past has its importance, please, look at the choices in front of you and live your best story.

*all the hugs*

Presence of Body

I was in my voice lesson and my instructor asked me to add a series of movements to the vocal practice I was working on. I could not believe how difficult this was for me. Usually when I feel a physical resistance which matches my emotional resistance, I’m jumping off of something not standing in a safe, supportive space.

Singing and playing small do not go together. At all. I knew when I signed up for voice lessons, I was pushing my comfort zone, it’s why I did it. My fears of imperfection needed me to tug at their edges and it’s not like learning to sing was going to kill or even hurt me, really. Read more

Welcome

 

Welcome, do come in. I’ve been hoping you’d stop by.

Actually, I have. This move has been about a year and a half in the making, though most of it was passive, letting my brain come to terms with the shift my life had taken. I’m not off adventuring like I had been or taking one huge-feeling emotional risk after another either. I’m still shaping my life, my actions, only in smaller, more integrated ways.

I’m not just sculpting my life but cultivating my lifestyle. It’s like the difference between taking out chunks of stone with a chisel and finishing out the details with a file. The Social Caterpillar was all about making myself vulnerable and learning from it. While that’s still an important part of my life, it’s only one dimension. Here, you’ll see more of a lifestyle focus, with vulnerability and risk taking as just one part of the whole. Read more