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the headache and the vagabond

These first few days of not working are much different than I anticipated.  I suppose I expected to wake up early every day, have my award winning novel written by Friday.  Relax for the weekend before setting off to the Northwest.

Instead I’m fighting off such a migraine, I can’t sleep for more than an hour or two at a time.  And I haven’t written much.  Is this normal?  Is the ‘normal’ life of 9-5 leaving my system?

I have immersed myself in the book Vagabonding:  An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts.  It’s filled with really great information for traveling.   Packing light, balancing between guidebooks/locals/experience.  But there is this great philosophy behind it as well I’ve (unknowingly) been attempting to apply to my life.

Living simply.  What’s really important?  The stuff or the experience?  I tried having the stuff – eh.  I tried balancing between keeping the stuff and also having the experiences – challenging and pricey.  As of January, I’ve tried the experience approach.  I left a lot of crap behind in Arizona save for my books, some of my clothes, and my two cats.  It all got shoved into my tiny ass car, and that’s it.  That’s what I have now.  It feels really good.  Since January, the push has been to release.  To get to that financial stability to let go and look out and up.

It’s scary as fuck and this is feeling more wobbly than I thought I’d face.  But, I’m doing okay.  I just need to get into a routine with the writing portion of it.  I’m not used to structuring my day around my passion.  The passion, if possible, squeezes around my day.  It’s been that way for so long, I’m recalibrating.

As I make this adjustment, please look forward to better content.

Read some Rolf Potts, though.  It’s calming.  And fucking eye-opening.

Random poll:  Does it matter to anyone if I add my location to the posts?  Curious if people like to see that sort of thing.

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I don’t post about specific buildings too often. The Montréal Tower is pretty cool. It was built for the 1976 Olympics and is now just abandoned space. The pool is still in use for locals and you can go to the top of the tower. 
The view is fantastic from the top, you can see all of Montréal and then some. 
I also enjoyed walking around the deserted Olympian stadium. It’s weird to see all that effort to go in to constructing a space and now it just sits except for a small piece. 
Canon 5D MarkIV, 35mm on a 24-70mm lens, f/10, 1/400 seconds, ISO 100 *
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Taken recently in Quebec City, Canada. 
Canon 5D MarkIV, 24 mm on a 24-70mm lens, f/5.6, 1/160 seconds, ISO 100 *
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#adventureisoutthere #adventure #travel #travelphotographer #womanwriter #travelblogger #womanphotographer #womanwanderer #canon #canonusa #teamcanon #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #adobelightroom #tabithabear #womenwhotravel #dametraveler #roamtheplanet #quebeccity #ourplanetdaily #canonfanphoto #photography #optoutside #exploretocreate #beautifuldestinations #canada #worldnomads #femmetravel #quebec Having some fun with the B&W challenge from Canon. 
This is one of my favorite photos from the Grand Canyon. 
Taken with my Canon Rebel T6s, 18mm, f/11.0, 1/125 seconds, ISO 100 *
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Taken with my Canon 5D Mark IV, 24-70mm, f/11.0, 1/40 seconds, ISO 32000. *
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#adventureisoutthere #adventure #travel #travelphotographer #womanwriter #travelblogger #womanphotographer #womanwanderer #canon #canonusa #teamcanon #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel #adobelightroom #tabithabear #womenwhotravel #dametraveler #roamtheplanet #montreal #ourplanetdaily #canonfanphoto #photography #optoutside #exploretocreate #beautifuldestinations #canada #worldnomads #femmetravel #quebec This is part of the Japanese Garden at Montréal’s Botanical Gardens. 
We bought a double ticket - one to visit the gardens and the other to see the Montréal Tower across the street. I thought I’d spend hours at the garden considering what they have on their site and what I’ve seen others post online, and I figured only a moment at the tower. 
The gardens were under construction and several paths and areas were closed with detour signs. It was incredibly hard to navigate and at one point we had to exit the gardens on one side and re-enter on another to attempt to see some more. Because of getting frustrated, we left and headed to the tower. 
The tower was a fantastic and pleasant surprise. Super neat and enjoyable. I’ll post more about it. *
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I took this photo almost two years ago now.  Instantly, I am critical. How I could have done the lighting better, held the camera a different way, changed settings to freeze the waterfall in the moment better or to give it better movement. Why didn’t I just wait two more minutes and no people would be in the shot? It was daylight for another 20 hours anyway, etc. 
I found a picture of myself from three years ago. A quick shot on a point-and-shoot in a crappy hotel during a work trip. My hair was super long and healthy, I was in good shape and eating well, and my immediate reaction was “I look really good here. Why was I so hard on myself?” When I took the photo in Iceland, I was so happy. I was so proud I had brought myself to that very moment. No one got me there but me; I drove through Iceland on my own and trusted whatever came my way during my stay. And when I got to Kirkjufell, a place I had seen online and in books so many times, I was grinning ear-to-ear. I was standing in a spot that women have stood who inspired me to travel. Photographers I look up to. Locals. Sheep. The northern lights have danced above this very piece of earth, and two years later I criticize the poor photography instantly before remembering how happy I was at that moment. 
When I took the photo at the hotel three years ago, I wanted to be skinnier. I wanted to look prettier. I stood in front of the mirror there for almost an hour tearing myself apart for not meeting the ridiculous standard I kept changing. And three years later I’d give anything to look like me in that photo again. *
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