Answering the call to make our world a better place.

Adventure, Interrupted

For the first time in 15 years, 85 countries and seven continents, I can’t remember not having a big trip in the works- if not two or three events piled up back-to-back, just to up the adventure ante. Typically DJ, I invited a bunch of friends to meet me in Ulan Bator at the Mongol Rally finish line to hop aboard the Tran-Siberia Railway…because I was already in the neighborhood, so why not add to an already epic journey by piling on a once-in-a-lifetime trip upon with a once-in-a-lifetime trip?!? Whoa.

Whoa.

I recently began working with an incredible coach, Michael Townsend Williams, who specializes in GTD (Getting Things Done), which is a productivity discipline I’ve been flirting with since my corporate career days. With Michael’s guidance, I’ve begun to examine my priorities and realized that my goals were not congruent with my actions. Yikes. We were pretty far into the final planning stages for the Rally, but things just didn’t feel right. We had a few miscommunications and I had honest concerns about getting along with two strangers in a tiny car for 10,000 miles. But the truth is, I realized, I’m finally ready for a different kind of adventure.

These kind of insights are often called “lightbulb moments”, but for me it was a white-hot chance to course correct the journey of my life, even if it saying it out loud was 1000x scarier than the time I firewalked across a buring bed of flaming embers under a full moon, out on native tribal land, deep in the cascades. With wolves and bears all around. Much scarier than that, even.


I can’t say it was an easy decision. I hate to let anyone down…but thanks to timing and clarity, the conversations were not too difficult, and, to my immense relief, it has all worked out as it should. I consider myself part of SM Stowaway’s ground support crew and will be cheering wildly as they cross the finish line. Go, Girls, Go!

With my insane travel calendar interrupted, my focus has turned to building a life in Geneva (which I love!) and the possibility of putting down roots, following my career dreams and building a solid community of friends to explore Switzerland with. I might even be able to spend quality time with a certain smart, handsome, funny fella.

“When a person really desires something,
all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream…
Don’t give into your fears,” said the alchemist,
in a strangely gentle voice.
“If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
 Р Paulo Coehlo

Travel and volunteering will always be a big part of my life, but I’m starting to think that building a happy home-life may be my greatest adventure, ever.

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11 responses

  1. Heather

    So proud of you, and excited for this new adventure! I want to hear all about it :) !!!

    June 15, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    • Thanks, Heath. Skype soon. Miss you!! xoxo

      June 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm

  2. Alyson Feltes

    You are so smart to listen to yourself – and to gift yourself the challenge of this other adventure, which, I can promise you, is a grand one! xoxo Aly, Riel and Sam

    June 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    • Thanks, Aly. It’s going to be different!! xoxo

      June 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm

  3. Hey DJ, Thanks for the kind words. Speak soon. Michael

    June 16, 2012 at 10:59 am

  4. Wow. Very happy for you. Goals not congruent with actions. It’s a big deal to figure that out. Looking to hear more.

    July 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    • Thanks, AJ. Working on aligning things, but it’s easier said than done. ;) I appreciate your encouragement. I’m following your words of wisdom and like the balance you have achieved!

      July 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

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