Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks

Sitting here today, I would describe myself as a man who has tasted true freedom and desperately wants to return to life on the road. Or – at least – to have the freedom once again to travel on a whim. It is possible. I know several people who have made it work. Some of them run location-independent businesses and Read More …

Growth and Values

My blog posts are generally split into three categories: horror, travel, and growth and values. The first two are pretty self-explanatory. The third category speaks to the personal journey I have gone through (and continue to go through) in figuring out who I am, the life I want to live, and how to get there. Even though this blog is Read More …

Free No More – Finding Employment

It’s been quite a while since I last wrote, and a very stressful month. Cliff Notes version – I’ve been searching for employment, stymied in my attempts, but finally landed a job that started today. And although I am relieved to have income in the face of such an uphill battle, I’mĀ as depressed now as I’ve ever been. The Sin Read More …

Hard Truths and a Reality Check About My Nomadic Identity

This past weekend, I was so excited. I hadn’t been to my campsite up at Nicolet National Forest since December. And it was two months before that when there wasn’t snow on the ground. I’ve been waiting seven months to do some camping! I monitored snow coverage maps for weeks, waiting impatiently for the snow to melt. Then I waited Read More …

Implications of the Forgotten States Road Trip On My Future

Road trips provide excellent opportunities for reflection, introspection, and self-discovery. For me, TransWorld and the Forgotten States Road Trip were no exception to this rule. The trip gave me plenty to think about in terms of my future plans – where and how I’ll live, and how I’ll earn a living. Unfortunately, I’m left feeling like I’m back at square Read More …

Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Material Wealth

I’ll preface this entry by confessing that I’m in a bit of a foul mood. I don’t know if it’s seasonal depression, the usual funk I get into when I contemplate my life and my future, or something that happened on New Year’s Eve. In all likelihood, it’s a delightful cocktail of all three. What sucks is that it’s too Read More …

Whistle While You Work

I’ve begun hunting for work, though without any sense of urgency. I can usually sit down one day a week (maybe two) and take the job search seriously. The other days of the week, I just goof off. Green Bay Community Theater So far, the only hit I’ve gotten was on a volunteer position with the Green Bay Community Theater. Read More …

Two and a Half Months In

I wager this is a long overdue status update. I can’t believe I’ve avoided writing anything here for six weeks. Part of the explanation is an utter want for something worthwhile to say. But the days bleed from one to the next. Most days, I’ve no idea what day of the week it is. Not that it would matter. I Read More …

Distractions

I’ve managed to maintain a good mood now for about a week and a half. I got a boost from my most recent trip to Nicolet National Forest, and have been supplementing that boost with various distractions. The Forest Effect Last week Wednesday, Remy and I made a third trip up to Nicolet in two months. The night before, I Read More …

Coping with Competing Passions

I’m pleased to report that my head is in a slightly better place this week than it was last week. Last week, I was severely depressedĀ – nearly suicidal, even – mostly because I was back in Green Bay and was unable to see a clear path back to the happiness I experienced on the road. This week, I’m still depressed, Read More …