Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey

LOVE THE JOURNEY | An introduction…

What is your purpose? Why are you here? What were you excited about when you woke up this morning? Were you?

Three years ago, the deep dissatisfaction I never quite realized I held inside me came crashing through my life like a runaway train. I went from pretty okay with what I’d built in my life one day to wondering how I ever could have thought that this was enough the next. It was confusing, to say the least.

There are a myriad of ways to change your life. The first step is realizing you want to.

I won’t say I chose the best path, or anything remotely close to it. But I’ve learned more in the last few years than I had ever expected to. I’m ready to share my journey and the lessons I’ve learned. My hope is to inspire anyone out there who is searching for change, open to growth, and ready for life.

Love the journey. Photo by Kate.

Through LOVE THE JOURNEY, I will be sharing the inspiration that I’ve gathered through my unique personal experiences. From travel tips and life lessons to stories and photos of the places I’ve been and the people I’ve encountered, it’s all on the table.

You don’t have to be a digital nomad or ready to hit the reset button and start over in life to find value in this blog. You may be sitting at your desk gazing into nothing, and wondering if you’ll ever feel excited again… if this is living. Let’s find out. Many of the lessons I will share can be applied even to a traditional lifestyle. The only intention here is discovery and growth.

Stay tuned, stay open, and remember that personal growth is a practice.

Love the journey. Photo by Kai Whittier.

Here’s what you can expect in my next few blog posts:

  1. Is quitting your job to travel the world realistic?
  2. How to trust the journey (even when it sucks)
  3. Social skills are your secret weapon
  4. What does HOME mean to you?
  5. How to travel smart, live well, and save money

It’s about the journey, not the destination. Can you love the journey? I do. Even when I hate it!

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A brief introduction to me through some of my most Frequently Asked Questions:

So… what exactly is this lifestyle you’re living?

I travel full time, and have for more than 2 ½ years. I’m on a never-ending quest for exceptional experiences, inspiring interactions, and outstanding connections. The first year or so of my travel was spent simply traveling. Always in the moment, searching for meaning and direction in life. It didn’t take me long to realize that this lifestyle fits this version of me. That my personal development, passion, inspiration, and the impact I can have on others comes from my travel experiences. I haven’t stopped, and I’m still not ready to.

Looking forward - Photo by Kai Whittier

Are you even qualified to advise on these subjects?

Of course not. My experience is my own. We are all different people going through life in our own ways. These are opinions, not facts. These words and stories are personal to me, and I hope you can appreciate the amount of vulnerability it takes to share them publicly.

I’m asked on an almost daily basis why I’m not sharing my story. Why I’m not inspiring people on their own journey through what I’ve learned on mine. It seems selfish to keep it to myself. I’m sharing not because I’m an expert in life, but because I sincerely hope that there are some little nuggets of wisdom in my words that can offer inspiration to those reading them.

Insightful. Photo by Genevieve Georget

How do you afford it? What exactly do you do?

Possibly my most commonly asked question. Without even realizing it, I’ve been preparing for this lifestyle since I entered the workforce. I worked hard and saved money for more than 10 years before I set off on this adventure. I made a lot of personal sacrifices, living an alternative childhood that did not allow me to experience playful and social environments. But I saved some money, so that’s cool. Here I am today.

Once I realized that I wanted the travel lifestyle to be a major part of my life, I started shifting everything I’d learned towards designing that lifestyle in a sustainable way. I developed my marketing skills, computer skills, graphic/web design ability, and social/communication skills to expert levels. Now, I provide focus and creative perspective to small business owners and solopreneurs through my company SIGWA. I work a lot. These days, my life and travel schedule is constructed around my need to work, get outside and kiteboard (or snowboard!), continue my personal growth and development, and enjoy the things in life that are beautiful to me.

Digital Nomad Life - Crystal Veness + Kite Club Hatteras

What’s this kiteboarding thing?

I was introduced to kiteboarding around the same time I was introduced to the idea that I might have been wrong about everything. I set a goal to learn to kiteboard, the ideal sport to adopt into my mostly warm weather travel lifestyle. The idea of an international community – something I had lost by quitting my life and leaving everyone in it behind to set off into the great big world on my own – was wildly attractive. Not to mention it’s fun as hell!

Here’s a vlog I did for my kite sponsor Mac Kiteboarding that introduces what kiteboarding is, how to learn, and why it’s awesome.

Kiteboarding - Photo by Jim Stringfellow

Are you happy?

Wow. Yes, I think so. I don’t know that happy is the right word. I’m happy a lot of the time, but sometimes I’m sad or impatient or frustrated. I am at peace. More and more every day. I’ve accepted that I can’t control everything in life, and I most definitely can’t control the people I encounter. I can choose how to live, how to feel, how to act, and how to interpret what I experience. There’s a lot of power in that. There is nothing in life that I would change, because everything that’s happening is part of my journey. And I fucking love it!

Snowboarding - Crystal Veness

 

 

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