This is a note for all of my lovely readers.
From now on, I am going to reduce the number of posts from daily to about once a week. I wanted to send out this post to everyone who reads my blog, in case you start wondering why I am not posting every day.
I would like to spend more time on each post honing it and creating something akin to a work of art (as much as I can hope to). Because I have been posting everyday, I feel like I haven’t been really posting quality thoughts.
Posting everyday worked when I was on the road, but now I would like to improve my talents as a writer, and as a blogger. I am hoping that you will stick with me on this new journey of writing, learning, and self-improvement. Please let me know what you think of my posts by commenting on them, or sending me a private message on brownvagabonder at gmail dot com.
Thank you for sticking with me through the years, and I hope there are many more years of writing to come.
Standing inside the church to protect from being drenched in the rain, Panama City.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. - Lao Tzu
The common cause of failure in my life is the lack of direction. It isn’t that I am not doing. I am not lazing around at home, and doing nothing. I am doing things. The problem is that I’m doing too many different things, not sticking to one thing for a long enough time to see results, changing directions often, and then wondering why I am not a success. I keep on changing the game plan, as ERE says in this article here
I am not consistently moving in one direction for a long period of time. That is something I have found to be the reason for my lack of success, despite the fact that I’m moving as fast as I can. I move from thing to thing. I decide one day that this one thing will be the thing that I will focus on – the thing that will cause me to gain financial freedom. The next day, I decide it will be something else. I moved from working at CBSA as a government employee, to getting my MBA, to working in Marketing, to travelling, to working in Marketing again. Continue reading
Clothing swap loot from Uber Swap, Toronto.
I always tell people that I have a lot of stuff – it isn’t only because I have a closet full of clothes, shoes, and other items. But because I am able to dip into my mother’s and sister’s closets as well. I am able to walk into their rooms, and grab whatever my heart desires, wear it for the day, wash it and put it back in their closets.
When I came back from the Big Trip, I decided to do a purge of all the clothes that I have in my closet. One weekend in early June, my sister and I put aside a few hours to go through all of our closets, and through the boxes of clothes, shoes and purses in our basement. We accumulated three garbage bags of clothes from our stash. We donated the bags to a nearby donation box, and felt good about the purge. Continue reading
Marina, boats, and the skyline of Panama City
As part of our series on the costs associated with travelling through the Americas, today we will continue with our detailed expenses for Panama. In case you missed the original post, throughout our trip we’ve been keeping detailed expenses. Every time we make a purchase we write down our costs in either a paper notebook or a phone. We decided to put those detailed expenses to use and show you how much it cost us to travel in each country.
Coming into Panama, we were just hoping to get the shipping paperwork done as soon as possible, so costs weren’t a top priority in our heads. We drove directly into Panama City and didn’t really get a chance to do any sightseeing outside of Panama City. We spent most of our time at the shipping company’s office or in the room, calling customs and other shipping related companies. In Panama City, we ended up staying on a very busy street, Via Veneto, where street food stalls were in huge abundance. In the end, we were above budget in Panama by 65.32 CAD a day. Our average for 15 days in Panama was 174.91 CAD/day. Continue reading
Inside the steakhouse where we had dinner, Casco Viejo, Panama City.
The mind exists in a state of “not enough” and so is always greedy for more. When you are identified with mind, you get bored and restless very easily. Boredom means the mind is hungry for more stimulus, more food for thought, and its hunger is not being satisfied.
When you feel bored, you can satisfy the mind’s hunger by picking up a magazine, making a phone call, switching on the TV, surfing the web, going shopping, or — and this is not uncommon — transferring the mental sense of lack and its need for more to the body and satisfy it briefly by ingesting more food.
Or you can stay bored and restless and observe what it feels like to be bored and restless. As you bring awareness to the feeling, there is suddenly some space and stillness around it, as it were. A little at first, but as the sense of inner space grows, the feeling of boredom will begin to diminish in intensity and significance. So even boredom can teach you who you are and who you are not.
Beautiful sunset over the bay, Golfito, Costa Rica.
Yoga does not remove us from the reality or responsibilities of everyday life but rather places our feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience. We don’t transcend our lives; we return to the life we left behind in the hopes of something better. – Donna Farhi
It is a repeating theme in my life. I have written about it before – Running Away From Unpleasantness and Not Running Away. I am an avoider. I avoid responsibility and reality. I run away from both, by saving up and travelling for long periods of time. I run away from tough times in relationships. I run from tough times at a job. I run from self-analysis that runs too deep. I want to stop running from everything. I want to ‘place my feet firmly and resolutely in the practical ground of experience’ as the quote above says. Every single time my resolve is shaken in anyway, a fight with a friend or a hard day at work, I want to refuse to be shaken loose. I want to stand true and strong. I want to stand in Mountain pose, with my legs grounded into the Earth, my arms by my side, and my back straight and supple. Continue reading