Posts Tagged ‘adventure’

Carless, Homeless and Loving It!

August 2, 2011

This is me and Mr. Ocean, right around the corner from where I lived in Encinitas last winter

Today I sold my car to a friend from college for his son. On Thursday I head back to California for nine months. I don’t yet have a place to live but I do have a couple of good leads.

And so the adventure begins anew!

At this point in my life, I enjoy living out of a suitcase. I rent a room wherever I go and live simply. I don’t need a car in Encinitas, which is great because I get at least a couple of miles of walking in every day. I’m living according to a simple dictum:

You don’t have to fight to (more…)

The Only Path to the Unknown

July 21, 2011

Let go of the belief that success is measured by specific results and you awaken to a wondrous new world bursting with adventure and opportunity.

When the outcome drives the process, we will only ever go to where we’ve already been.
Jean Meltesen

Fixate on outcomes and you risk stagnation. Dedicate yourself to (more…)

Who’s Stopping You From Living Your Dream? You Are.

December 28, 2010

That's me on the Trego Nature Trail in Wisconsin, where I decided to make my move

Eleven weeks ago, during a walk in the woods, I made a decision: I would leave Minnesota, the only home I’d ever known, and move to California. I had wanted to move for years, but the quicksand of inertia and fear of the unknown had held me fast. Staying where I was, no matter how much I wanted to be elsewhere, was easier. Most importantly, my daughter and mother were in Minnesota and I couldn’t imagine living so far away from them.

Now that I’ve made the move and am happily ensconced in Encinitas, my favorite place on earth, everything feels right. I’m exactly where I should be, and Skype video enables me to see my family members at any time. Skype is like the Jetsons’ picture phone come to life. It’s free, it’s amazing, and did I mention it’s free?

So many people have told me that they envy me for changing my life so dramatically and embarking on such a great adventure. Guess what? You (more…)

That Sound You Hear is the Shattering of My Comfort Zone

November 18, 2010

I leave for California in less than two weeks and my emotions are taking me by surprise. I’m excited but also somewhat sad about moving so far away from my family and friends. I’m also a bit apprehensive; living in Minnesota is all I’ve ever known. Of course, that in itself is reason enough to go; it’s healthy to (more…)

New People, New Places, New Adventures

November 4, 2010

I am now free to roam about the country

There was a time when I had a wife, a young daughter, a job, a dog and a household. I miss those days.

Today, my daughter is grown, I am single and I work for myself; my office is wherever I can get an Internet connection. I don’t have to be anywhere at a certain time and I answer to no one.

After being tied down (in a good way) with family and financial obligations for many years, I am now free to do what I want, when I went, where I want. And yet, I have (more…)

California, Here I Come!

October 20, 2010


When I close my eyes, I imagine I’m standing on the grounds of the Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage in Encinitas, gazing out at the ocean. This is where Paramahansa Yogananda wrote much of his spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.

I’m excited! On November 29, I’m flying out to Encinitas, California, and don’t plan on returning to Minnesota for five months. I’ve never missed a winter in Minnesota and it’s about time I did.

I’ve also never lived anywhere else in the world. Every place I’ve ever called home is within sixty-five miles of where I live right now. It’s time I busted out of my comfort zone and opened myself up to new experiences.

Where am I going to live? Don’t (more…)