In a recent blog post, entitled ‘Define “Home”, I wrote about what home really means to me. I shared that my nomadic heart spans across continents, making ‘home’ a concept that is simply too big and too complex for me to rightfully define it by just one place.
The truth is, I’ve always had a nomadic soul, and over the years I’ve been blessed to travel and wander my way to such places as Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and parts of the continental United States and Canada. Wanderlust is innate to my being, and yet – as much as I want to fly the proverbial nest, I also really like having a nest to return to. Therein lies the challenge.
As a location independent business-owner since 2004, I have had a stake in some virtual real estate. Being a virtual landscape pioneer brings with it the unique opportunity to work remotely, from wherever I may be.
Yet, here’s the catch: As freedom-oriented and expansive as this sounds, I’ve always felt it poses as much a dilemma as it does an opportunity. If I can live and work from anywhere, how the heck do I decide where my home base will be?
How do I pick a place? Where do I build my nest? And what nest will best provide me with the comforts of home, while also not imposing limits on how much flying I can do?
I trust you see the dilemma.
I lived in Rhode Island for many years. Then the DC area for two and a half years. But, I didn’t stay. Instead, my guy, Carl and I, along with our dog Cosmo, decided to hit the road for a Nomadic Experiment. We purchased a mobile nest — an RV camper, and an SUV to pull it. With our 20-foot “condo on wheels” in tow, we decided to heed the call of the open road … with no set timeline, no set itinerary, and no set destination.
One year later, having confirmed we really like the lifestyle, we upgraded to a 27′ Airstream, and we’re glad we did.
But I digress.
When we “launched” into nomadic living, here was our loose plan:
- To be where we are and go where we want to go.
- To work from the road, letting our journey inspire
our work and our work inspire our journey.
- To live out an expansive definition of home.
- To wander.
- To experience a mix of city and country.
- To visit people we know and love along the way.
- To make new friends and nurture new connections.
- To deepen our relationship to one another.
- To live simply, with less stuff and more freedom.
- And, to find our way to sweaty salsa dancing hot spots along the way. (Carl and I met on a salsa dance floor.)
Will YOU be our next success story?
So glad you’re following our journey, and perhaps we’ll see you on the road! 🙂