Seth Godin & Free Rangin’

“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.” – Seth Godin

Wow.  This says it all, end of blog post.

Just Kidding.

I recently read this awesome book, Be a Free Range Human, and it was one of the best books I have read in a long time.  Hint: You’re going to be hearing about this book a lot, if you stick around long enough here.                                    be-a-frh

It really inspired me from page 1 and also gives actionable ways to create the life you really desire (while still paying the bills).   I guess not everyone will react the exact same way, but for me…it spoke to me.  This book was exactly what I need at this time, and it makes me super excited!

Marianne Cantwell speaks in a #realtalk, conversational way to really make you get to the heart of your strengths, desires, and motivations behind creating your own laptop life.  (if that’s what you want.  maybe you just want to make cupcakes like one of the other Free Rangers she profiled in the book.)

I also decided to participate in Natalie Sisson’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge.  I figured this will be the kick in the pants I need to get going already.  Do you see a pattern here?

I think most of my challenges are: (in no particular order)

procrastination/analysis paralysis/not feeling comfortable with the unknown/fear it may actually work out and then I’m accountable for knowing what the F%$# I’m supposed to be doing/etc, etc.

However, I keep getting drawn to Seth Godin’s quote above—create a life you don’t need to escape from.  What would I be doing if time off from my job as a corporate slave wasn’t an issue?  What if instead of waking up every Monday morning to a soul-sucking inspiring conference call, where we get told whether we are good enough or not,…

Sorry, I blacked out daydreaming.  Oh, you really wanted me to answer that question?

Okay.  My ass would be taking my little son and my big husband and furry furkids everywhere around this great-big-beautiful world as humanly possible, while enjoying time at home together when we want, too.  Working remotely from wherever we happen to be,  handling any website/customer inquiries in the morning, and then going out to enjoy the beautiful world around us.  Oh yes.  That’s where you can find me.   Ciao!

This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 1

The Birth of Wanderslut via Coachella Flower Crowns

I’ve been wanting to start a travel blog for so long now, and the only thing holding me back (besides procrastination, nagging self-doubts, fear of success, time, hangovers, having a baby, you get the point) was the number of travel blogs already out there.  So dumb, yet I am beginning to realize this is really common.

Starting my journey (pun intended) is still such a nagging desire, always there at the moment I get a chance to sit and reflect on all the cool places I’ve been and still want to go.

I studied abroad during my junior year at Virginia Tech, in this super cute little town in southernmost Switzerland called Riva San Vitale.  Europe fascinated me, and I would love to live there again someday.  My husband was born and raised in South Africa, and the arrival of our son in December guarantees a lot of required travel in our future.   Therefore, I said fuck it.  I’m going to do start this website anyways.

Actually, the Wanderslut part started as a funny joke, as we were heading to the Coachella Music Festival in April 2015.  Every April, thousands of flower-crown and fridge-draped girls descend upon Southern California, flocking to the 3-day music festival out in Indio, California.  coachella-ferris-wheel

You can 100% count on seeing gaggles of 20-year-olds tripping their balls off on molly and shrooms, like they’re at the Woodstock of our time.  Peace signs abound as they twirl around the grassy lawns of the Polo Fields and stop to take a selfie in front of the iconic ferris wheel.   I saw a shirt emblazoned with the word “Wanderlust” while shopping one day, and mistakenly read it as “Wanderslut,” laughing out loud and nearly making my coffee go up my nose.  (ouch.)

So, I ran back home, immediately bought the domain name…and let it sit there for over a year!  You see, just two days after arriving home from Coachella, I found out I was pregnant.  This realization kinda not only killed my appetite and our social life, but also any shred productivity on this idea for a while.  It made it seem like sort of a pipe dream and silly idea compared to the shitstorm huge life changes that we were facing.

Until I had my son, fell completely in love, and vowed to find some way for us to work remotely from a computer/at home/abroad and simultaneously spend as much time as possible with him while traveling the world as we please.

Et Voilà!  World Wanderslut was born.

My goals for this blog/travel mecca go-to-source, et al. is:

It will be a wonderful journal of our family’s journeys around the world together.

It will serve as inspiration for us to plan future trips—please always comment with your ideas for us, too!

It will hopefully be inspiration for you, as you are planning your own.

With that said, here we go!  Thank you for visiting my page, I look forward to the adventures ahead.  Cheers!  Ciao!  Hallelujah!