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Month in Review: April 2016

Sitting here in Tulum, Mexico as I write this, I realize a couple of things.  I realize that, after nearly 29 years of life, I finally know myself pretty well.  I also realize that this self-awareness has made decision-making marginally easier, which is saying a lot for an indecisive, go-with-the-flow people pleaser.

I also realize that sitting in an open-air hut, fending off biting flies and periodically wiping sweat from my forehead to keep it from dripping onto my keyboard isn’t an ideal way to work.  Maybe that should have been common sense, but I digress.

April saw me in three different cities and crossing borders just once.  My first year of “slowing down” my travels is, ironically, off to a slow start.

Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of my April on the go:

I revisited an old favorite, New York City.

I always love visiting NYC, and it’s particularly beautiful in the spring when all the flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and people are in good moods all around.  A few of the highlights were wandering Central Park before plopping down for a mini picnic, seeing my first ever Broadway show (The Book of Mormon is incredible, by the way), revisiting some of my favorite East Village haunts, and exploring Williamsburg for the first time.  I still don’t think it’s the city I’ll settle in, if and when that happens, but it’s always a good time regardless.East Village NYC

I explored a new favorite, Mexico City.

My time in Mexico City just ended, and it was a little bittersweet.  I had heard great things about it and it lived up to my expectations.  Fascinating history, beautiful architecture, incredible food.  And exploring it with locals allowed me to see parts of it many tourists never do.  Keep your eyes peeled for the full rundown, coming soon!

Photo by Cantimplora TravelA Week in Mexico City with Cantimplora Travel

I made some major decisions regarding the future of this blog.

Although I’m not ready to go into full detail about what’s coming up this year, I will say that there are some big changes about to be made.  Rest assured, though, that they will all be for the better.  I hope you are excited to see where we go from here–I know I am!

I fell into a bit of a blogging slump.

…that I have yet to fully climb out of!  Anytime I’m in Washington (or in any one place for awhile) the blogging comes so freely and naturally.  The moment I hit the road, however, some creativity switch in my brain seems to just shut itself right off.  It’s insanely frustrating, especially when consistency is something I’ve always struggled with and when I’m immobile I finally feel like I’ve conquered the beast.  Not so, apparently.Playa Zazil Kin, Tulum, Mexico

But I’m closer than ever to taking on blogging full-time.

Things aren’t perfect yet, but if I wait for the “perfect” time, it’ll never happen at all, ya know?  Anyone else recently made the leap into full-time blogging?  I’d love your advice and words of encouragement!

My Most Popular Posts

Location Independence: What It Is (And What It Isn’t)

You Asked, I Answered!  –  So grateful for the amazing feedback I got on my first video ever!

The Only Travel Towel You’ll Ever Need  –  Did you grab yours yet?

My Best Instagrams

Old building, new perspective. #flatironbuilding #newyorkcity #ilovenyc #spring #architecture #cntraveler

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A Few Things I’m Loving

Smarter Every Day – This ultra-geeky YouTube channel is the best thing ever!  Not only smart but funny, too!  Just a dad teaching his kids to love the sciences.  #respect

33 Things Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Should Know – I just posted this on my Facebook page, but it’s worth repeating.  Mark Manson hits the nail on the head every time.

11 Women With Their Shit Together – Alternate title: 11 Women Who Have Figured Out That “Having Your Shit Together” Is Relative.

That’s it for April, how did the month pan out for you?  Onward and upward!

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  • Reply Kristen May 2, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Exciting news that you’re close to becoming a full-time blogger! That’s definitely the dream for so many. I’m excited to see what changes you have in store. I’ve only just found your blog recently, but have really enjoyed your location-independence writeups and photography. Love that instagram picture of you jumping! Hope May is another fantastic month.
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    • Reply Leah Davis May 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm

      So glad you found me, Kristen! I really do think the blog will only get better from here, and I can’t wait to unveil the changes! 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Silvia May 3, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Bah I am on tenterhooks waiting to hear about your rebrand! And I feel you on the blogging slump – I feel like the rest of the world has moved on to springtime (or autumn in the south) but where I’m living is still deep in winter, but who wants to see pictures of snow now? Haha a silly problem, but it’s definitely slowed me down on the life in Norway posts.
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    • Reply Leah Davis May 3, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      Haha I just read one of your “spring in Norway” posts and couldn’t help but laugh–SO MUCH SNOW! I am excited to get back on my feet, but being on-the-go still isn’t exactly helping!
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  • Reply Matt Share May 4, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Just discovered your blog as I sit here in my office in chilly and gloomy Thinking about where, what next ? Reached you through some very basic and initial research re: Medellin. Great info. and your writing has a wonderful and very open sensibility. I, think for me, single man of a certain age (59) figuring out whats next can be an intense journey. Having a plan regarding how and what I would do most days if I went to live part of the year in Medellin is rather important (learn Spanish). Safety is a big concern ( was kidnapped at gunpoint in Guayaquil Ecuador, in 2011) but I find that I am constantly drawn back to S. America. Need to explore your site and others and of course , visit Medellin to find how I connect to the overall environment/people/ etc….. Its a never ending path…..:) …

    R U sure I wont find love…. HAHA


    • Reply Leah Davis May 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      Hi Matt! No, I’m not certain you won’t find love. You might! I think you are spot on in acknowledging that you need to experience Medellin for yourself to see if it’s the right fit. I understand your concerns about safety, and being there and feeling it out for yourself might be the only way to know for sure. I wish you the best of luck!

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