I’m glad October is over. While it’s traditionally my favorite month, this year it looked something like this:
And while I am grateful for all the experiences—both work and play—that I’m afforded, I don’t think I can keep up that pace of travel anymore. Or rather, I don’t want to. In my 20s, it was alright; these days, it just means my piles of work mount while I’m gone and, correspondingly, my anxiety spikes. I’d like to avoid both of these things in the future, to space out my travels a bit more so they’re not all crammed into one month back-to-back.
A few of note:
A wedding of dear friends in Southern California. I wouldn’t have missed Daina and Brian’s Orange County wedding for the world, and the long weekend in the sun with our Nashville friends could not have been more perfect.
A work trip to Grand Cayman. After four days in LA and Dana Point, I jetted off to Grand Cayman for a project for Travel Mindset (with an unexpected night in Miami thanks to American Airlines). I never knew much about the place, only that it was a major cruise port—which I assumed meant it wouldn’t be that authentic—but man was I wrong; I fell in love with that little island and had a blast diving for four days straight (fire coral burns aside!).
A chance to be in Charleston for my sister’s engagement. Enough said. Let the wedding planning commence.
A visit with my in-laws, during which we pretty much covered all of Tennessee. Nashville, Sewanee, Knoxville, the Smokies, historic sites in the western division of the state, you name it, we went. I may be biased, but I’m pretty sure my niece is the cutest thing ever. Wouldn’t you agree?
Five days with my dear Norwegian friend Ellen. She was here at the same time as SVV’s family, but luckily Ellen is the easiest of guests and was more than happy to tag along for the ride. She also fell in love with Nashville, so now I’m tasked with convincing yet another friend to relocate from Music City—only this time with the added challenge of said friend being international!
Another trip back to California for two back-to-back industry events, during which I got ample time with one of my besties, Jade. We learned about Alaska travel in Santa Barbara and European destinations in LA, all the while Instagramming our every move, of course. It was a couple looooong days of professional “speed dating” (i.e. 15-minute sessions with different tourism boards straight from 9am to 5pm), but we both got a lot out of it, I think. And stole a few hours one morning for a beer by the beach. As we do.
And now I’m home and gearing up for a busy month of being at my home and in Nashville and plotting my next career move. I’ve had an influx of amazing writing and editing and teaching opportunities of late, and while I’m still doing plenty of magazine work, that’s no longer my sole focus. I really need to think long and hard about my priorities going forward (finally finishing a novel? who knows!).
On the blog front, I’ve had this site for more than seven years, and while I’m dying for a design reboot—my last redesign was a painful two-and-a-half years ago—for now, I’m thinking that starts with content (mainly because graphic designers are expensive, yo). While I still plan to recap my travels, I’d love to know what you like to read most: journalism stuffz? Weekend getaways? Life in my favorite city, Nashville? Wedding planning? Day-to-day mumblings? All of the above, a mixed bag of what’s going on in my tiny corner of the world? I NEED DIRECTION, Y’ALL.