You Need Less Than You Think

We took a bus from the airport to our AirBnb in San Diego. Everything we had was in the packs on our backs.

Walking down the street, I felt light with freedom. We can do anything and go anywhere! Granted, we still had sizable packs on our backs, but their anti-gravity load dispersal systems meant we hardly noticed the weight.

It doesn’t even matter if we forgot something. There are stores no matter where you go. You can always pick something up if you need to. You really don’t need as much as you think.

We’ve only been out of our home state one day, and already I’m feeling an immense sense of gratitude. I have no doubt solo travel brings its own treasures and rewards, but I feel so fortunate to share this journey with my wife.

Last year, I wasn’t sure if there would be a Laci in 2020. It’s such a gift to get to enjoy this sabbatical together.

We’re having so much fun and can’t wait to share more with you in the next vlog.

Hope to see you at the San Diego meetup tomorrow!

We moved out!

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We’re officially homeless—I mean, nomads!

I know we unplugged the internet modem, locked up the house, and dropped off the key with the property manager, but it still hasn’t hit me that we don’t live in the home in which we’ve been for four years.

Growing up in a military family, I’m no stranger to moving. I’ve moved plenty of times before. But this time is different.

It’s not like you just need to get used to the fact that there’s a new place to call home. It’s that there is no “home” to go back to!

I think it will be some weeks before it fully sinks in and I realize this isn’t just a trip from which we’ll soon return.

We don’t know where we’ll live after the sabbatical year. I feel an odd comfort not knowing. In the same sense, I feel an odd comfort not having a home. It represents pure possibility and freedom.

We’re free as a bird. Everything we need is in the pack on our backs. It feels… light—like we can go anywhere, because we can.

Moving & Meetups

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We are just a few days away from moving out of our house and officially beginning our sabbatical year. That means I also have only a few days left to sleep in my own bed with my own pillow. I’ll miss that.

The nerves are starting to kick in. Are we really doing this??

Well, we booked a storage unit today, and our lease on the house is up soon—oh, and our internet, water, and electricity are all shutting down… so I guess we really are!

It definitely hasn’t sunk in yet. Randomly, I’ll feel a little anxious, but I think that makes sense; what we’re doing isn’t exactly normal. I think it’s nervous excitement. Maybe a little restlessness, actually. We originally planned to be out January 1st, so I’ve been itching to go for weeks!

Messy office - “This is fine.”

My office is taking a lot of work to pack up. It’s just so complicated with all the gear and wiring. I’m also resisting the urge to shove everything into a box like spaghetti. I’m taking my time and trying to organize things neatly so I’ll actually be able to put it back together in 2021.

I’m super excited for the Dallas, San Diego, and Los Angeles meetups happening in the next few weeks!

We’re Heading West

Coming soon to a city near you!

Our sabbatical adventures will begin in sunny San Diego, California. We have our first place booked for one week (a little Airbnb), but beyond that, we have absolutely no plans… and it’s pretty exhilarating.

We might get another Airbnb the second week, or we might stay with you. Or maybe we decide to go to Los Angeles… or maybe we meet some people going to Yosemite—who knows!

Think of this “itinerary” as more of a guideline. Nothing is set in stone, and we don’t HAVE to follow any specific plans, but this is what we’re thinking right now. We’re guessing we’ll stay in each place something like 2 weeks on average. If we love hanging out in a particular city, and want to stay longer, cool. If we feel like moving on, cool. That’s the beauty of not having any obligations.

If you want to host us, we’d love for you to get in touch on our Host Us page. It doesn’t have to be one of the cities listed—we’re open to other locations!

Upcoming meetups:

I also want to host meetups in each city we visit so we have a chance to hang out with you. Meetups will most likely be on Saturdays.

Please reach out to me if you know any good free venues or places that would work well for hosting a meetup.

P.S., We’ll be in Dallas visiting family the last few days of January before heading to the west coast. We could host a meetup in Dallas on Tuesday evening, January 28th. Worth doing?

We’re gonna be nomads! (Can we stay with you?)

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I’m excited to announce our official move out date: January 26th! I’m so happy to finally begin our sabbatical year of nomadic world travel, and hopefully get to hang out with you in person.

We won’t have a house or car, and we’ve sold a lot of our other possessions as well. Everything we’ll use for the next year will fit in a backpack.

While we have some specific places in mind we’d like to visit, we also want to connect with people. I’ll keep you posted on any meetups in a city near you.

But beyond meetups, a number of people have reached out to actually offer us a place to stay—which is incredible!

The only problem is, I’ve had a hard time keeping track of the various comments and messages from people offering us a place to stay in various cities. So I came up with a solution: Continue reading “We’re gonna be nomads! (Can we stay with you?)”

Goodbye to the Studio

It’s time to say goodbye to my favorite room. We will move out of our house later this month and begin the 2020 sabbatical year of nomadic travel. No house, no car, just a backpack.

I wrote my first book in this room and recorded hundreds of podcasts and live streams here. There are a lot of good memories.

The studio is optimized for production. I can walk in and everything is ready for me to create. Whether I want to record a video, podcast, or write, everything is ready to go. I will miss that.

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How to Close Your Apple Watch Rings Every Day for a Year

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Today is Day 403 in a row of closing all three of my Apple Watch rings. I’ve worn an Apple Watch since they launched in 2015, but I never closed my rings more than 2 days in a row for the first several years.

James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, poses a question worth considering:

My current habits were not carrying me to my desired future.

Most of my months looked like this:

June 2016 Apple Watch Rings Incomplete

It wasn’t until 2018 that I decided to start taking my health seriously. Continue reading “How to Close Your Apple Watch Rings Every Day for a Year”