this is how we’re getting down at seven o’clock on a tuesday
it all started with a pep talk.
I can’t explain to you how completely hijacked my framework for adventure and life-loving became that day. One minute, I was perfectly happy living inside of an attic next to a radiator. The next, I was staring at a $1,400 ticket to Johannesburg, South Africa that someone else bought for me with a departure date scheduled for 3 weeks away. I didn’t even have a passport yet.
By the time I got back, I was done with the status quo. I didn’t want to settle for a life that felt less than what I envisioned for myself. I knew I needed to shift some things. I knew I needed change. Thus, I embarked upon some pretty amazing (and scary-as-hell) projects that lead me into things like
teaching poetry workshops at Bonnaroo
going out on tour again
wireframing another book
performing at two critically acclaimed music festivals
starting a freaking business and going totally full time
Were these things easy? Heck no! Did I fail sometimes? —UH, YES. Did I have a cushion of shelter and financial support surrounding me at every step? Absolutely not! But, what I did have was a vision, a set of values, and a plan to make it all work. I knew more than anything else that I wanted to “expose beauty in all of its messy and inarticulate forms by creating space for others to breathe in the creative process”. That was the vision I had set for myself. And I have seen that vision come to life time and time again.