Driving back to the east coast from a 6-week trip up and down the west coast! Check out the epic journey on instagram under #vinylgoeswest!
I guess the first thing I learned is that I really need to batch my writing! Just like that, I missed two weeks of newsletters and this one is late!
I’m currently sitting in a friend’s dining room in Allen, TX (just north of Dallas) after spending 17.5 hours yesterday in a car, which ended with us driving around a huge and empty shopping complex, panicking because we couldn’t find the In-N-Out. We are on our third trip across the country. This year.
So what have I learned from traveling for over month? It can all be boiled down to one thing:
Say yes to the things that scare you the most.
Dyalekt and I had been debating about taking this trip for months. We had two kids financial workshops booked about a month apart in CA and it finally got to the point where we either had to buy 2 sets of plane tickets or decide to drive there and stay in between.
I remember the moment we looked at each other and said, “We have to do this, don’t we?” And gulped.
We had no idea what we were going to do when we got there, but as soon as we said yes, our brains switched into a different mode and we started figuring it out. We booked a bunch of workshops on the fly (including one with one of our Airbnb hosts!) and got to share financial literacy education with people who really needed it.
We still have to look at all the numbers, but to be perfectly transparent, this trip definitely didn’t make us money and we’ll be lucky if we broke even.
We knew that wasn’t the point of this trip, though. This trip was about stepping outside of our comfort zones, our daily routines, whatever ruts we didn’t even know we were in, and challenging ourselves.
Now we’re asking each other how we can set up our life so we can do this all the time. This trip has changed how we think about what our life can actually look like.
What’s something you’ve been wanting to say yes to recently but have been too afraid to do? Ask yourself why. Is it because you actually don’t want to do it, or because you’re scared it will change how you do your life and you’re not sure if you’re ready for that yet?
I know I wasn’t ready for what this trip would mean for us, but now I can’t imagine it any other way.
Until the next city!