Trains, Podcasting, and a Meditation Garden

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I recorded not one, but THREE podcasts in a day! One was an interview of me for the Caleb Wojcik Show. The other was an interview for the seanwes podcast with Caleb Wojcik as a guest. Both the episode of me on Caleb’s show, and Caleb on my podcast, will publish on Friday.

The third podcast was completely unexpected. Calvin Rosser sent me a DM on Instagram asking if I was going to be in Encinitas any time soon and, little did he know, that’s exactly where I was went he sent the message! Sabbatical serendipity.

He ended up showing us a nearby meditation garden, and I recorded part of our conversation together. We talked about ridding oneself of guilt when not working. I think you’ll really enjoy the conversation (it publishes on Thursday).

We also moved out of our first AirBnb. We’re still in San Diego for another week though. Later in the vlog, we visit Coronado Island.

Running in San Diego

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San Diego has been absolutely gorgeous. The weather here is perfect for running. It’s remarkably warm for early February, but it’s a very pleasant, crisp warm with a cool breeze.

You actually want to go outside and run. I can’t get over it. It’s incredible. Leaving San Antonio really makes me realize how brutally humid it was there.

Before I ran during the day in San Antonio, I had to psyche myself up: “Okay! I’m ready to be miserable!”

Here, it’s just beautiful. All I want to do is go outside.

I’ve been enjoying running in San Diego. There are lots of parks, and running by the water is quite scenic.

San Diego Meetup

We had around a dozen people at the San Diego seanwes meetup. It was a lot of fun! We had some great conversations and got to see a couple of old friends too.

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’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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