It's been a while since I've done a self-inflicted 30-day challenge. I'm going to be traveling for the entire month. The first time I did a big trip was 1999. Basically the cusp of the digital era. I didn't keep track of my journey online. I kept a journal using a pen, about 10 rolls of film & a glue stick. It's still one of my most prized possessions. Jump forward 15 years & I take my next big trip, with similar intentions but took digital photos and spent time on Facebook instead. This time, I want to write. So I'm creating some accountability. I decided to give myself a 30-day writing challenge: At least 300 words per day for 30 days. Write & post daily. Be myself & be accountable. The accountability is key.
Last time I drove cross country, I didn't take my time. I drove through in less than a week. It's possibly embarrassing to be a travel agent that hasn't taken the time to travel across her own country. I've traveled across a different continent and planned hundreds of other trips for people over the years. Most of my travel career has been spent in sitting in call centers. I've seen some US cities but when you work for big corporations, they don't usually encourage time off to have your own experiences. It's about the customer. This time there's no rush to get there since my condo is being renovated.
The next six weeks, driving cross country is the last step in traveling full circle. I'm going home.
Photography's been a hobby of mine since I was 13, which makes Instagram perfect for that. You couldn't pay me enough to hold out a selfie stick & start vlogging. That's not my thing. Why not write & write about it? When I'm settled, I get up in the morning, have a cup of coffee & paint for 30 minutes. Some people do yoga, meditate, sit ups; I paint. I do it for the process not the product. Since I'm not traveling with art tools, I'll substitute writing.
Why 300 words? It's a nice round number. No other reason.