Starting a blog is totally not that hard. And it’s totally not that easy. It requires a lot of time and heart and soul, for which I receive exactly zero dollars. So why do I bother?
To answer that, I have to backtrack about a year before I gave birth to this creature. I was dreaming about how awesome it would be to make money writing a travel blog, even though I didn’t read a single one. Ha! So when I actually started looking at travel blogs, I realized they weren’t exactly what I should be writing. Despite nearly 30 countries in my traveler’s brag account, I didn’t even know what travel hacking was, I had never used a frequent flyer mile, and my one backpack still has a broken handle (and I have no intention of replacing it until the bottom falls through).
Basically, I’m a lazy traveler.
So I’m not here to share my “27 secrets to packing like a pro” (because I have no secrets) or “how to backpack through South America on $18 a day” (because I have no idea how to do such a thing).
But I am here to get a little more personal. Travel is so much more than a physical journey of hopping over borders and adding stamps to your passport. It’s about taking a little road trip into yourself as well and then using that deeper self-awareness to positively impact the world around you.
So fast forward to the actual birth of this blog. The idea for what became “Boundless and Free” grew out of talking with some friends about hating their jobs and wanting to move on to greener pastures full of more rewarding work and more freedom to do the things they actually want to do (like traveling).
When I realized that I wasn’t the only one playing war with these thoughts, I knew I had to write about them. I knew I needed to create a space for like-minded people to gather, a place to talk about how we can journey (both outwardly and inwardly), how we can do work we love on schedules we love, and how we can change ourselves so that we can change the world.
Check out my About page for more about all that.
So if this blog irritates the cynics, that’s cool. If it makes people want to roll their eyes and wax eloquent about the discontent of the millennial, so what? I don’t bother with this blog for them. I bother with this blog for the people who get what I’m talking about, so that they can know they’re not alone. So that I know I’m not alone. If I can inspire just one person through this space to achieve their full potential while I work to achieve mine, then all this free labor will totally be worth it.