A Step Closer To Reality

By Jane Mountain | May 8, 2014

13,818 km so far.

It’s rare that I can think of nothing to say about a day – in fact, I’m not sure it’s ever happened before – but today I am filled with ennui.

Scheduling Conflicts

I think it’s partly being back in a country that we’ve been to before, partly that we weren’t very excited by Thailand the first time around, and partly because we are, once again, on a timeline.

Stephen’s note: Sorry about that.

Since we’ll be passing through some major cities over the coming weeks, Stephen has been setting up more teaching gigs. We are also trying to get to Bali in time to visit and practice with our amazing friends and teachers, Scott Lewicki and, a few weeks later, Noah Mazé.

As much as I love meeting yogis in new towns, and getting a chance to practice properly, having a deadline does interfere with our trip. I hate the feeling of being in a hurry.

Today, I knew we’d be headed to a charming little beach town, Laem Sing, where lots of Thai people come for their holidays.

What a great place to spend a couple of days. Only, we can’t.

Making the most of our little beach time, Laem Sing.

Making the most of our little beach time, Laem Sing.

I know, I know, complaining about a schedule that is as empty as ours is crazy. Still, today I let it get to me.

Real Life Looms

There’s one other thing that’s been bothering me.

What happens after?

As we get closer and closer to our destination and the end of our trip, this question is being asked of me more and more often. For Stephen, his path is clear. He is busy setting up workshops and trainings, and his life is pretty much already planned out for 3 or 4 months leading right up to the end of the year.

For me, it’s a different story. I don’t want to go back to doing what I was doing: using my brain power and skill set to make money for giant corporations.

I don’t want to be tied to a single location, since we really have no idea where we want to live when this is all over. But I do need to make money, of course. And I would like to have some sort of home, at least for a while.

Can't spend the rest of my life lying around in hammocks, can I?

Can’t spend the rest of my life lying around in hammocks, can I?

I love writing, I love travelling, and I love doing digital design. I think it’s probably time for me to start my own business.

If anyone has any brilliant (or even OK) ideas for me, suggestions are most welcome!  

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  1. Comment by Jane

    Jane May 14, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    If I understand this advice correctly, I should take whatever job I can get, wherever I can get it. As long as it’s something, somewhere? Hmm, I don’t think this really narrows it down much.

  2. Comment by Diane

    Diane May 12, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Unlike Scot I have been known to give advice. So a home first. Somewhere that is your refuge, where you know you belong ,where you can snuggle up, relax and know it is your place. Travelling is wonderful but all the more so when you have a home waiting for you.

  3. Comment by Scot

    Scot May 12, 2014 at 6:29 am

    I’m not usually keen on giving advice, but since you asked, I thought you might like to read this exchange that is currently making the rounds on Facebook, in case you haven’t seen it already.

    It will be sad to see your trip end, but I’ll be interested to see what comes next!

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