I started this blog back at the end of 2014, with only a vague idea that it would be nice to have a place to put my thoughts, sketches and photography. I hadn’t really traveled much at that point, not beyond a couple of small road trips but I had the hope that I would one day soon achieve my dreams of traveling to all the places I had dreamed of and of being able to capture memories of these places either through photographs, words or art. Looking back over the years and posts i’ve made here, I think i’ve achieved many of my most dearly held travel dreams and beyond that, I’ve gotten to a place where I can continue to do so.
So what happened with the blog? I’d always been pretty sporadic with posting, especially since I never wanted to try and make this into something beyond just a quiet repository that I could share with anyone interested- I didn’t want to build it into any more or gain a wide audience and that worked out pretty well for me. But then work life took over a bit more and the careful balance between suddenly being able to travel more and having the time to really appreciate it was something I couldn’t maintain. There came a point last year where I realized I was traveling more because I could then because I really wanted to and it was a startling realization to see how much I allowed myself to change into someone I couldn’t recognize or even like . I had photos from Athens, Barcelona, Cannon Beach Oregon and San Francisco piled up from May 2019-September 2019 and I couldn’t make myself go through them, let along post about these trips.
I could write more about the work i’ve been doing to get to a better, healthier mindset but it’s a bit of a pity party I don’t want to have, especially when there are many more important things to focus time and energy on.
What I did want to say is, i’ve decided to close out this blog. I don’t want to delete, at least not anytime soon, but I did want to place a cap to mark the end of my posting (and also I really didn’t want my last post to be about the British Museum because that feels weird considering how underwhelming it was and how I should have written more in the actual body of the post re: my opinions on items there being given back to their countries/cultures of origin when requested). Traveling is still important to me, in the sense that I think it’s pretty vital to get out of your comfort zone and meet people where they are, to truly learn how small you are in the best way and I hope to find my way back to that original wonder I felt when I first started really exploring but for now, creating art is where i’m focusing the spare time I have. I’ll be starting an instagram under a different name and I don’t really know what i’m expecting to come out of it but, I know i’m excited to begin something new.
Not drowning in my coffee cups yet,