what i’m doing & why

Here we go, blog post number one in what I hope is an entertaining and/or helpful series of stories, lists, and musings for my friends, family, and maybe even strangers. This is what I’m doing with my life for the next 6 months.

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

-Alfred D. Souza

I’ll start with the why. It’s long been a fantasy of mine to live abroad, to travel the world alone, to visit the town in India where my grandmother grew up, to trek in the Himalayas. For a long time, doing this seemed impossible. The timing wasn’t right – because I didn’t have enough money, because I couldn’t take the time off work, because I was really happy with the way my life was, and honestly because I was scared. I fanatsized, but figured it might not be in the cards for me. I was waiting. For what? I’m not entirely sure, but when it dawned on me that I was waiting to do these things, I decided I didn’t want to anymore.

Now for the fun part – the what. I quit my job and got rid of most of my stuff. I gave up my amazing place in San Francisco. I booked a round trip flight into Delhi, India, and out of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. For my first month I’ll be staying in and ashram and completing a yoga teacher certification course in Rishikesh (on the Ganges River, in the Himalayan foothills). For the next 5 months…and for the first time in a long time, I don’t have a plan. I can go where I want, stay and get to know places and people, and move on when I’m ready.

Follow along to see what I’m up to!

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