This Weekend

image: our bedroom

Oh how I look forward to writing this post every week. I love recapping my thoughts, successes, failures, and feelings of a week…don’t you think that is important? This week has been strange, full of movement, adjustment, and the feeling of beginning new. We finally made it back home as in I got to sleep in my own bed for the first time in over a month and a half. I had such appreciation for the simplest things upon returning home…I mean even having my favorite toothpaste felt like a luxury. My feather pillow and memory foam mattress felt like heaven. I have never been happier and more content than I did coming home yesterday.

Traveling has been one of the best experiences in my life. At times it was rough especially being sick, but I walked away with the deepest understanding of contentment and how little we actually need in life. We lived out of 2 small suit cases and a backpack for the whole time we have been traveling. Coming home to my closet seemed overwhelming and this morning when I got dressed, before coming in the office, I went straight back to my suitcase without thinking. I was used to wearing my chambray for 3 days in a row, what can I say? My understanding of essentials and good quality clothing is even better than it was before I left.

I did not just take away an understanding of contentment but also an understanding of the importance of movement has a creative. This may just be me but while traveling I began to see a whole new side of my style, taste, and passion for what I do. Paris was the only place I have been where I fully felt comfortable wearing what I wanted and the inspiration daily was almost overwhelming, but then on the other hand wandering through the winding streets of small Italian towns showed me the importance of quiet, living in the moment, and the expectation of quality. I realized through this all that as creatives we need new environments. We need to move. We need to be uncomfortable and we need to change our scenery. Staying put is no good…this does not mean you must be a vagabond and never have a place to call home, but it means more than I ever thought you must go.

Mike and I came home knowing that it is more important to have less, buy less, and focus on our craft and finding what inspires us. We plan to spend more of our time traveling, seeing things, finding something we hadn’t found before. We also came back with a deeper understanding of where the next year is headed. I want to explain more of this, but we are currently doing a lot of work on it and I feel we need more time before sharing it fully, but honestly I am more excited than ever for 2013.

For almost 2 weeks I have not known how to sum up all my thoughts and I think they will continue to come to me as I figure out how to relay them to you all. I am still decompressing all that happened, all I saw, all that has changed in me. But what I will say to all you creatives, find a way to go to the places you want. For us it meant finding a job that allowed it to make sense, but now we are creating a travel fund as well as gathering our miles in the smartest ways. Expect a post about this in the future…

I hope you all find a way to begin moving towards a goal to push yourselves as creatives. I did not expect this trip to leave me with so many things emotions, while still burning in my mind with new perspectives. But remember to enjoy and cherish your home, the little things, and the simplest of luxuries because those are the things that make life beautiful. Cheers to the freakin weekend my friends!

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11 Responses

  1. I loved all the sentiments tucked into this post. Whenever I pack a suitcase, I always just include my most favorite and most useful pieces – and then after a few days of wearing on those, I wonder: why don’t I live this way all the time? It works, it keeps you light, and mobile, and open to things other than…. well, THINGS, and CLOTHES, and STUFF. Powerful.

  2. My husband and I have been trying to purge our things, buy less, focus on quality, and overall just have less so we’re less restrained. Can’t wait to hear your suggestions on how to make traveling dreams happen! So happy to have been able to follow your Euro adventures!

  3. Megan, this is such a lovely post. I totally agree with you that, as creatives, we need to be constantly moving and experiencing new things. This is something that I am coming to know in my own life, and it is nice to know that I am not alone in this search. And what a cool way to discover the joys of simplicity. I wish you both the best as you dream of the new year!

  4. I completely agree with gaining new perspective through traveling. Breaking the bondage and being comfortable in your own spot is hard at first, but so rewarding. Glad you got to experience new things!

  5. I love this post so much. I haven’t done ANY traveling but I have such an urge to for the past few years. I can relate a lot to as creatives we have to keep moving. change scenery and make uncomfortable decisions like leaving secure situations etc. That’s when I have come to realize the 9-5 job wasn’t doing it for me and I need a good mix of projects on my plate to keep me growing and challenged. thanks for sharing, I loved following your travels.

  6. What a beautiful post, Megan. Traveling truly is the experience of a lifetime and every lesson is worthwhile. I’m glad you had such enlightening thoughts to bring home with you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. this is why i like traveling so much. it gives you room to breath and reflect on the things that really matter. if you don’t feel like a changed person after traveling abroad you’re doing it wrong!

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