Each industrial that I skip by way of on TV all appear to start out with those self same ominous phrases, “In these unsure occasions.” It didn’t take lengthy for manufacturers and advertisers to change gears and create a cavalcade of advertisements that includes folks trapped at house and masks so far as the attention can see. I kind of recognize the trouble, it might’ve been tone deaf to maintain operating advertisements with scores of individuals hanging out collectively, doing one thing aside from baking bread (how dare they?!). However the reality is, whereas one advert is a pleasant gesture, EVERY advert turns into simply as miserable to observe because the information. In order that’s the spirit I’m attempting to keep away from right here right now. I’m uninterested in writing about being melancholy or unsure, we’re all unhappy and confused in order that’s nothing new. No, as a substitute I need to wax poetic about regular life occasions, easy events for celebration and whether or not or not I ought to go on marking their passage or wait till the brand new regular has lastly arrived?

After ten years of writing posts for LandLopers, I’ve completely developed a kind of routine. Certainly one of my traditions is to acknowledge essential anniversaries which might be associated to each this web site and my journey experiences. I’ve loved these posts as a result of they’ve usually supplied me an essential alternative to mirror and reassess the place I’ve been and the place I’m going, respectively. This 12 months I missed these essential anniversaries as a result of I kind of put this web site on pause throughout the COVID-19 quarantine. Nobody was touring, nobody was studying journey content material and I truthfully wasn’t within the temper to trumpet my very own success at having merely survived one other 12 months. As all of us start to emerge from our pressured vernal hibernation, I began to consider these missed events, which led me on a psychological wild goose chase into the idea of anniversaries and I very truthfully requested myself whether or not or not 2020 is only a 12 months I ought to skip in the case of these out of the blue mundane occasions?

The short reply isn’t any, in fact not. Now, greater than ever, if we are able to do one thing that makes us completely satisfied and comes near approaching the traditional that we used to know, then we should always do it. Some of us have been shy about sharing these moments with others although, which is a disgrace. With a lot happening on the planet proper now, all of us must see these moments of pleasure and to know that one thing higher is coming. It has to, proper? So with all of this in thoughts I’ve briefly consolidated just a few of my regular anniversary posts into one as a method for me to maintain dreaming and eager about brighter days forward.

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10 Years of Running a blog

In a extra regular 12 months I’d have had a blow-out celebration for hitting the last decade mark, internet hosting giveaways and so forth. But it surely’s 2020, so a paragraph should suffice. On March 14, 2010 I hit the publish button on my very first weblog publish. On the time although I in fact had no thought the chain of occasions I had unleashed. Through the years I discovered and improved, and my skill to fuse collectively just a few phrases and match them with photographs progressively grew to become second nature. I can’t consider I’ve been doing this for so long as I’ve, it’s really the longest job I’ve ever had. That alone says one thing, it says that I made the fitting option to hit the publish button that first time, I made the fitting selection to go away my conventional job eight years in the past and, with many stumbles alongside the way in which, I’m nonetheless making the fitting selections in the case of this unusual not-so-new-anymore profession of mine. I’ve discovered and noticed lots through the years although and I hope that non-public progress is mirrored on this web site.

Podcasting Yr One

To be honest, I first had the concept to start out a podcast a few years in the past however for some unknown motive I put it off till 2019. I’m thrilled that I bit the bullet and began although as a result of it’s now my favourite factor to do. It doesn’t matter what we do for a dwelling, all of us want a number of arrows in our quivers; totally different ability units that we convey to the desk. For a really very long time I used to be conducting my enterprise with little change. That’s a part of who I’m; I like order and processes and as soon as I discover ones that work, I are inclined to by no means deviate. That has its inherent issues, and realizing this character quirk has taken me a very long time to totally comprehend. Not solely did I would like a brand new ability set, I wanted one thing totally different to do. After I was working in a standard profession, I tended to skip round from one employer to the subsequent. The principle motive for this was that I acquired very bored very quick. I’d begin a brand new job, face a problem, spend a few years addressing it after which I used to be achieved. I’ve by no means been the form of one that might keep in a single job for 40 years, and I ought to’ve realized that this could additionally carry over to life as a self-employed artistic. The podcast has been a unbelievable solution to shake issues up a bit and, most significantly, I’ve been having a variety of enjoyable doing it thus far.

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eight Years With out a Actual Job

It appears inconceivable to me that it’s been eight years since I final stepped into an workplace as a standard 9-5 employee, however Could was the anniversary for this essential occasion. My previous job and I left one another as I wish to put it, and ever since I’ve been working exhausting and grinding day-after-day to make my true ardour in life – journey – my main occupation. Simply as unlikely, I’ve in some way made it work though it actually hasn’t been straightforward.  Nothing in life is simple, and being a self-employed entrepreneur positively is a problem. However I perceive now the significance of following one’s intestine instincts and, at occasions, being a bit egocentric with a purpose to understand one’s full potential and to reside the perfect life doable. So sure, yearly I’ll write a publish like this one and share it across the interwebs, to not exhibit or to brag, however as a reminder to myself that what I’ve achieved is particular and deeply impactful. Speaking about journey could appear flippant to some, however it has very a lot saved my life and soul in each method conceivable.


Route 66

I journey lots, that’s secure to say. I’ve been to just about 100 international locations and all 7 continents and have had some actually superb journeys alongside the way in which. There are journeys although which might be extra essential than others, ones that modified me and made me higher, ones that I effectively and actually beloved and might’t wait to attempt once more. Maybe essentially the most notable of those adventures was after I had the good alternative to drive the whole thing of Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica, California. Positive, Route 66 transects the nation, exposes drivers to all types of latest locations and folks, together with these quirky stops which have turn out to be the stuff of legend. However, not like most different journeys, Route 66 isn’t in any respect about these stops, it’s concerning the drive itself. On this occasion, getting there IS the journey. It’s about tracing the footsteps of vacationers earlier than us, hoping to catch a glimpse of their American view, at the very least partially to rediscover one’s love for the nation. That was the unintended consequence for me. In an age when many people are upset by the each day machinations of politicians, it was essential for me to get out into the nation and to see for myself that it’s nonetheless certainly an important nation. I used to be additionally reminded of an essential journey reality, that most individuals in every single place world wide are good hearted and sort, and that’s very true right here within the U.S.


Anniversaries have at all times been essential and nothing will change this, not even 2020. As people it’s essential that we acknowledge our personal successes, mirror on the paths we have now taken and to take coronary heart in making some proper selections alongside the way in which. It’s an essential a part of social life and it’s one which in fact has to proceed, even when it appears so insignificant compared to the bigger problems with the day. So thanks for permitting me this slight diversion from the odd to present myself that annual pat on the again as I resolve what the subsequent steps in my very own journey ought to appear like.

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