It’s been a little quiet around these parts lately, and while I can’t freaking stand when people apologize for a blogging absence, said absence does deserve an explanation.
You see, my travels in Australia led me to Queenstown, NZ, where I worked for almost three weeks on a farm in the middle of nowhere, planting native trees with three strangers (who were not, surprisingly, hippies).
20K outside of Queenstown I lost internet reception, and at the gate of the farm I lost my phone connection too. For three days I panicked about family not knowing I had safely arrived, my bosses not knowing I couldn’t work and anyone emailing not knowing I wouldn’t be getting back to them for three weeks.
And then I stopped panicking. I read ten books. I went to bed at 9:30pm. I worked with my hands for three weeks, learned everything there is to know about fertilizing new trees, developed guns of steel and lost 10 more pounds.
I was surrounded by the most beautiful mountains I’ve ever seen in my life. I wrote a minimum of 5,000 words per day. I woke up to this view every morning:
And then I decided to give Auckland another chance. My trip was coming to an end (how the hell did that happen?) and while the only thing waiting for me in Auckland was a job, it is the BEST job. A job that makes me crazy happy with people who – though I’ll never admit it to their faces – are pretty spectacular.
And for awhile there I thought about going home – tail between my legs – and starting from scratch. Again.
Thing is though, as unhappy as I’ve been in New Zealand, I started realizing that I never gave it a proper chance. And while this blog may not be the most appropriate platform to talk about the extensive list of my personal failures, I try not to be a quitter. I love adventure! And challenge! So I’m staying in Auckland. And while I came here with a decent-sized support network, I’m on my own again. I have a whopping two American friends and coworkers I spend 95% of my life with. So far so good.
So that’s the life update. And while I do intend to return to your regularly scheduled programming, I do like to write about things other than social media, and with the return to my day job, it’s not the first thing I want to deal with when I get home. And there’s the rub. The “authentic” part of my blog isn’t particularly thrilling.
I’m not entirely sure the direction I want to take this site, but I do want to take it. Somewhere. It’s been a huge part of my life for over 2 years and it’s taken me to some incredible places and opened up some even more incredible opportunities. So DO be aware that it might change direction. No set plan as of right now, but I will write about what I want to write about, Analytics be damned.
However, I’d like to know what you want to read. Any burning questions? Personal or professional – shoot.