This past year I started working as an independent event contractor. This, if you've been wondering, is the reason I have been able to travel so much. This year alone, I've gotten to work in 7 different cities which has allowed me to visit National Parks, friends, and take life on the open road. It's been adventurous, it's been lonely. I've gotten to hike to the Colorado River in the bottom of the Grand Canyon, hike Angel's Landing in Zion, stay in Hostels and more nights in Hotels than I'd like. It's been such a unique and amazing opportunity. I've been allowed to write professionally and personally through it all; my hopes to be a published author push me to write at night in the tent, on airplanes, and during most every moment I'm not working, hiking or sleeping (which is what I give up the most of in order to stay creative).
The next month is not going to be the craziest one yet. I'll be heading out on July 24th from San Diego to Singapore. Then I travel to Sydney on the 31st, Bengaluru on the 10th, Tokyo on the 15th, and Beijing on the 20th, and back to the U.S.A. on the 26th. Each stop has me working three days for Hewlett Packard doing brand training for their employees (all this writing, photography, and editing made me into a somewhat tech-savy dude... but mostly I talk to people, manage the technology, and make sure everything runs smoothly... it's a great company and product, so my job is, in my opinion, generally easy to execute). During my off time I will be able to explore the surrounding cities, beaches, and other things... I'm really not sure what I'm getting into for a few (all of) the countries, but I'm excited.
My lease in San Diego runs out on the 31st and I'm not renewing or renting a new place as it doesn't seem worth it when I travel as much as I do. I might when I get back in September, but I might also be booked up for the most part. This will be something I play by ear. For now I'm happy to be on the road. It's allowing me to save money, focus on writing, and see more friends. I miss a lot of people, but at the same time get to re-connect with so many people (it's surprising how often I get to re-connect with someone I haven't seen in a long time in a random city we both happen to be in).
I'm looking to take this time to work hard on my projects, share a little more of those, while at the same time focusing on being thankful for these opportunities. To a certain extent I want to sit back and enjoy what is currently going on because it is really cool. I don't want to miss out by thinking of the steps in the future I want to take. It'll be a balancing act, but I'm looking to stay excited about life, get a lot done, live well and share it all with you.