We’re going to travel around the world!!

by Kim on January 9, 2011 · 39 comments

We’re Going To Travel the World

Holy crap!  After saying just a few weeks ago that we were going to hold off telling our friends and family about this website, I went ahead and made the leap.  I was motivated to make the announcement because telling people gives us fuel to work even harder towards our goal.  So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  We are blessed to have amazing people in our lives.

So, I guess what I’m saying is, hi mom and dad!

I thought it would be fun to post the email that we sent to friends and family.  It took me forever to craft it and I was sweating with anxiety as I hit the send button.  I have no idea why it is so hard to send an announcement like this to people that love and care about us, but it makes me feel very vulnerable.  Vulnerability is a feeling that’s been hanging around quite a bit lately, and I’m trying to become comfortable with it.  I’ve never before announced to the world that I’m pursuing my biggest dreams, so I guess it’s only natural that it’s created some emotions that I’m not completely comfortable with.  It’s liberating and nerve-wracking all at once, sort of like dancing naked down the street. 

So, without further ado…

Here it is, THE EMAIL. 

Hi friends and family,
 
As many of you know, Brian and I have been planning for some time now to pursue a shared dream of traveling the world.  In the past year and a half we’ve been scrimping and saving, slowly selling our things, minimizing our bills, and planning our escape (at least temporarily) from the mundane life of cube-ville.  We aren’t quite on the next plane to New Zealand (the first stop on our itinerary), but we’re getting closer. 
 
Additionally, I’ve been pursuing my lifelong dream of writing for a living.  I’ve had a bit of success, been published a few times and, while I made a measly $900 in writing-generated income last year, I’ve at least managed to crack open a few doors (that’s the hardest part, right?). 
 
In the crossroads of these two dreams lives my website: www.so-many-places.com.  I’ve hesitated in sharing the site with you because, well, now that we’ve announced our plans to everyone it feels really real, and there are still so many things that could stand in our way.  Regardless, I’ve created the website so that you, our friends and family, can follow along on our journey. 
 
I also hope that the site may eventually generate income for us as we travel (as other travel bloggers have been able to do).  In order to do this, I need as many “subscribers,” “hits,” and “readers” as possible, so please, please, please sign up if you are interested and pass the site along to anyone else you think might want to read it. 
 
Thank you all for your love and support.  Those that already know of our plans have been overwhelmingly supportive and the few naysayers that I have encountered have served as a reminder that following the path of least resistance leaves some humans terrified of taking risks.  It’s a place I never hope to be. 
 
Our departure date is not until January 2012 and a few things need to fall into place before then (like selling our house, eek), so you aren’t rid of us yet. 
 
As we wrestle with the odd concoction of anxiety and anticipation we feel about leaving life as we know it, I’ve been nudged along by a quote that has become something of a mantra for me lately:
 
“There comes a time when one must risk everything or sit forever with ones dreams.”
 
That time is drawing near for us, and we hope you’ll follow along.
 
 
Much love,
 
Kim and Brian

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