I’ve been pretty bad about staying updated here, but in my defense, I’ve had a busy few months. I was home for a grand total of four days in July, I think. I spent the first weekend in Buffalo, NY with my sister, and a few days after we got home, I left for a three solo road trip. I spent a night in West Virginia, drove through the Monongahela National Forest, spent a few days with one of my best friends in Winston-Salem, NC, then made my way down to southern Georgia to house and dog sit for another set of best friends while they took a much deserved European vacation. My travels home took me through Land Between the Lakes National Forest before a night spent in Kentucky, and Shawnee National Forest the next morning.
And the day after I got home, I set up for the first time at the DeKalb Farmer’s Market, which has been an absolutely incredible experience. All of my customers at the market have shown actual appreciation for my art and it has really touched my heart.
But back to traveling.
It’s been on my mind a lot lately. I felt really happy on my solo trek from Illinois to Georgia and back again. I liked having the freedom to take whatever road I wanted to take. I liked knowing that there wasn’t a set path for me. That I could stop and walk around whenever I felt like it. I feel stuck in my life sometimes. It makes me think of the song Bittersweet Symphony. “Trying to make ends meet – you’re a slave to money, then you die.” I do love the work I do – crafting and photography stuff – but I do often feel like I’m a slave to money. I would travel and adventure so much more if I didn’t have student loan payments, credit card payments, etc etc.
And that’s something I have to start thinking about soon. In the next few years, my parents are going to retire to Wisconsin, and I want to be on my own by then. I want to be living my own life, supporting myself completely. I’m not sure how I’m going to do that, but right now, my dream is to do it traveling. I would love to buy and fix up an old camper into a mobile home/store. I’ve even been looking at a few that I’ve found for sale through Facebook market. I’d love to find one that I can remodel to suit my needs. With ways to hide my living stuff and set up displays inside and out so it can be a fully functional space if I set up at different markets or events. Lots of storage and and collapsable work surfaces that I can bring out when I need them…
Of course, it’s just a dream right now, but maybe with some planning and saving and working my ass off, I can make this dream come true. Until then, I’ll travel as much as I can, even if it means packing up my computer and bringing it with me so I can do my editing on the road.
I took a lot of photos on my trip, but many of them were with film. I haven’t had time to get the film processed yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll be sure to make a Photography Friday post to share them. In the mean time, please enjoy the few digital photos I took!