I spent the month of November giving myself eyestrain and headaches and a crick in my neck. Which is to say, I spent the month of November researching MY NEXT MOVE. You may recollect that back in September I claimed that I might be deploying to Antarctica for a winter job serving food and wiping down tables at McMurdo Station. This did not end up happening. I didn’t PQ in time, so from the squashy couches at my dentist’s office I watched Antarctica melt away. And I discovered that I wasn’t too upset about this. It turns out that just applying was the thing I needed to do. It was the first step, and now wanderlust is roaring through me and it turns out that I have lived in Maine for 17 years and that is quite long enough.
I want to go back to New Mexico, where I was born, or to the Pacific Northwest, where there are whole states that I have never set foot in. I am packing up my things (whittling my possessions down to a few essentials) and hitting the road in January 2012. Still not entirely sure where I’ll end up, but that’s not really important. To GO is the thing, and my destination will make itself known to me when it’s meant to.
Of course I do have a few things simmering on my burners. I will go practice my cooking skills at my parent’s home, being my Mom’s personal chef and harassing my youngest sister for a few weeks (I especially want to take her down to Boston for the 37th Sci-Fi ‘thon!) Then I have to get out to Las Vegas for the wedding of one of my best friends. I hope to learn some natural building and permaculture design skills at Aprovecho in Oregon at some point in 2012, hopefully as soon as March. By the summer I hope to have located some type of fun job, be it interning on an organic farm or working in a national park (I’m thinking Mesa Verde, or Yosemite, or Denali). I might try for Antarctica again next fall, or something else might come up. Who knows? I could even come back to Maine.
The important thing is for me to meet and get to know some new places, encounter some new people (or perhaps meet some people face-to-face finally?), and point myself towards a different type of lifestyle. I want to get out of the restaurant and retail industry. I want to work with my hands, draw my Sarah Bone comic, cook food made from veggies I grew myself, learn how to brew beer, read and write more and do it better, and take many, many, many pictures. Somehow I want to do all that while existing with fewer possessions and living on less money. How will I do this? I have a few ideas, but it will mostly be trial and error – as it should be.
The thing for the moment is to START, to GO, to make the NEXT MOVE. I’m keeping an open mind, and I am certainly open to suggestions. I probably sound a little nuts right now, because I am – caught up in the excitement of the whole thing. 2012 is going to be a hard, fun, brilliant year.
Until then I have another month of work, Christmas presents to make, all that whittling of possessions to do, and a hefty amount of blogging that I want to accomplish. Should be a whirlwind December.
Because I love lists, here’s a list of things that are inspiring me and keeping me excited about all my many different thoughts for the coming year:
Anthology Magazine – Every issue is packed with pretty locations, fun design/crafting ideas, and stories about people building small businesses and doing the things they love.
Faythe Levine – She made a documentary called Handemade Nation which follows the diy/handcrafts movement and goes into detail about a whole slew of small business owners and artists doing, again, the things they love.
Tiny House Blog – A current obsession of mine is tiny houses – anything under 1,000 square feet, but preferably dwellings under 200 square feet. Tumbleweed Tiny House Company makes some particularly snazzy ones. Ever since I build woven stick forts as a kid, I’ve wanted to build my own house – and I love the idea of making the most of a space that allows you to have a tiny footprint on the planet. I definitely see a cute, tiny apartment in my future – perhaps someday an actual tiny house?
Little Free Library – Speaking of tiny, check out this project to put thousands of little free libraries around the world!
Urban Homestead – A family home and micro-farm in Pasadena.
Smitten Kitchen – Anytime I need some inspiration in the kitchen I search this blog for ideas. Deb comes up with such fun recipes and presents them along with pretty pictures and amusing/interesting stories.
How About Orange – And just tonight I came across this super fun crafting blog which will surely be the inspiration for some of my Christmas presents!