The Plan

April 11th 2013

I’ve been writing, I swear! Just lots of drafts.

Most of it has been fairly dark, despite the fact that I feel happy. And when it’s not depressing it’s weird and ADD-ish–haphazard, unedited, far-from-finished. One of my latest masterpieces starts with the title “I Cry While Watching The Voice“. It only goes downhill from there until it tapers off because I got distracted YouTubing videos of past season winners and their auditions. (Wait but seriously, does anyone else cry? Watching people’s dreams come true is BEAUTIFUL).

Speaking of crying, I spent a different half-piece musing about the evolution of tears…from what they mean scientifically to why in the worldd I’ve been crying so much. Not sad tears at all but sort of cathartic, empathetic and sometimes even happy ones (like at The Voice and Lentil). My conclusion, so I can spare you that hot mess of an essay, is that it’s either severe overtiredness (probably) or that I’ve been feeling so acutely alive lately (eye roll, but really). There’s also a lot of anecdotes about how I feel pretty when I cry. My face gets flushed, my lashes look glossy and my eyes are sweet and round. Vulnerable baby deer pretttty.

In way more important news, I’ve been writing a book. Which is the purpose of this whole post: I have a new idea for a book that I’m so excited about! After digitally stopping by a James Altucher Twitter Q & A (from my bed, at 3pm, on a Thursday…before I wasn’t not depressed), I went from a bad place to an inspired one. I am going to self-publish an e-book, a How (and Why) To Quit Your Job and Travel The World manifesto, title TBD, 30-40 pages-ish, talking about the practicalities of leaving interspersed with anecdotal stories, inspiration, advice, etc. Thoughts? What would you want to read? Anything specific? Something totally different? “I Cry While Watching The Voice”??



  • VickiLDedeke

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  • Hannah

    I LOVE your blog and reading your stories. You inspire me to go and travel the world one day. Please write the book!!! I would love to read about your adventures and any advice for traveling the world.

  • Christine

    I cry watching The Voice too….more like tears and almost like a proud parent lol. Not too long though, I easily get distracted by Usher’s smile and eventually something I Googled. I know what brings on the tears…seeing these artists pursue something that means so much to them and I vicariously live through those emotions and that driven passion.

  • Cara

    Ooh, I love this! I can’t wait to hear more about the book… I think it will inspire, even if you decide to “travel the world” from your desk or each weekend. Excited to hear more! Xx

  • Rhea

    I haven’t cried while watching The Voice, but I did cry when Ned Flanders wife died on the Simpsons, so I support any and all TV-caused tears. I think the book sounds like a great idea! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Joanna

    When I found your blog via ThoughtCatalog, I didn’t realize how much time I ended up spending browsing your travel entries and pics. I was pretty inspired and wish that somehow I have enough inertia to do what you did or even something similar. Can’t wait!

  • Spencer Spellman

    I LOVE this, for many reasons, but my favorite part: “Watching people’s dreams come true is BEAUTIFUL.” I need to send you Randy Pausch’s book, The Last Lecture.

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