You pass through places
And places pass through you
But you carry ‘em with you
On the souls of your travelin’ shoes ~ The Be Good Tanyas
I’m living out my “quarterlife crisis” and having the time of my life traveling and exploring. In January 2010, I volunteered for three weeks in India and took a one way ticket back to my family in the Philippines. No plans. Just the idea to live and travel through Asia for a year… or longer.
I don’t have goals. I have ideas. Lofty ideas like “becoming location independent”. I want to help inspire people to live remarkably and help change the world. I’m trying to build/market a business around my web presence so I can work from anywhere in the world with internet connection. I am an art kid, not a business major. I’m a newbie, but a motivated self-starter. The whole idea of building my own freelance career scares the shit out of me. All the more reason to do it, and attempt accountability by chronicling it here.
This blog will chronicle my journey, yes. But it will talk about ideas that speak to me. Ideas that ignite a spark of passion. Ideas like creativity, travel, Buddhism/spirituality, authenticity, personal/career development and the ever saturated, over-used “lifestyle design”. I will not be blogging about how to get rich quick online and I am not an authority blogger. Most importantly, I just want to explore the idea of how to live remarkably and change the world. Sound cool? Subscribe to my RSS, would ya?
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I’m a seeker, artist, dreamer. The thought of writing about me seems like such a daunting process. Because really? I’m no good at elevator speeches. It makes me uncomfortable like “who are you?” and “what do you do?” as if that’s the measure of my worth. If you must know, I’ve got my degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Portland. This was pretty much my wet dream because I was a block away from Powell’s Books. I like to smell paper and run my fingers along the edges of a book. Maybe it’s weird. But I like to engage all my senses.
The three things I wanted to “be” when I “grew up” was 1) an author 2) an artist 3) a teacher. I’m not sure how this relates to my adult life, but I’m trying to assimilate it the best way I know how. Blogging it through. Life isn’t a crisis. Least of all, a quarter-life crisis. Just go with it.
Someone once asked me if I would still be the Solitary Panda if I weren’t single (no, I’m not accepting applications). This is an easy “Yes” for me. I believe that a good relationship needs to have balance from you, me, and “us”. I believe being solitary is an important part of any relationship, especially the relationship with yourself. And for the record, I started The Solitary Panda when I was still coupled.
I love surrounding myself with remarkable people. I want to be the Purple Cow, and if you don’t know what that means, then you don’t know that Seth Godin is remarkable. I love being fired up by inspiring people; people who are world changers and want to make a difference. People who don’t live like automatons and people who break the mold from the status-quo. People who have ideas and questions and are life long learners. I want to be one of those people. And, I think I’m on my way.