Bangkok 2.9.17

My month of travel in Thailand included visitors from Minnesota who planned their vacations to coincide with my trip. It was a gift to spend time with close friends. Meeting my first friend, Justin, showed me I am no longer the structured, organized, planned person who left Minnesota! We both found the following mistakes hilarious. Oops #1 I confused Justin’s…

Kochi & Day Trips 1.16.17

A slice of daily life in India and my reflections: Joost and I departed the Rainforest Retreat via tuk-tuk. We hoped to leave at 11:00am. For unknown reasons our tuk-tuk arrived around 1:00pm. We chatted and rested while waiting. It is rarely possible to rush others in India. After a 45-minute ride, we arrived at…

100 Days, 100 Places 11.12.16

Via the wonders of technology, family and friends plus people I do not know are journeying with me. I appreciate your companionship on Facebook, Instagram, this blog, Face Time, email, and text message. Starting from a few days before I left home and continuing through today, here is a video of one place I visited each day. I am happy…

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) 10.19.16

In South East Asia (SEA) the cost structures for health care and telecommunications services are different from the United States. Here are two stories highlighting the differences. For data and internet access while traveling it is less money to buy a local SIM card than to maintain a US-based plan with international add-ons. When I enter…

Beijing & Xi’an 8.22.16

The part of travel where I move between cities is underway! One of my goals for this year is to live life with less structure. Pre-departure, I planned enough to set myself up with the right gear, tools, and paperwork and I chose not to spend time planning smaller details like activities, transit, accommodations or total time in…

The 5Ps 7.22.16

They say Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance, so planning is what I’m doing. Let’s be honest though, even without that adage I’d be doing just as much planning! In my first three weeks of unemployment I checked off big items, shopping purchases, learning opportunities, and can’t avoid tasks from the spreadsheet of pre-departure to-dos. Big Items Ticket…

The Act of Craigslisting 6.21.16

This is my definition of Craigslist: An online environment that connects me with strangers in the physical world who give me cash to move my things, resulting in mutual benefit. In short, Craigslist is fabulous. Armed with helpful advice from T.C., an MBA graduate filling free time flipping big ticket items on “The CL,” I am ahead $800….

Spreadsheets Upon Spreadsheets 5.22.16

As a liberal arts undergraduate, working in spreadsheets was foreign. My allegiances were to MS Word and only MS Word. After three years in an MBA program and four years advising MBA students, I admit, business folks know how to design and select their tools. For The Year of Sarah Joy I use a master…

Moving Out 4.28.16

10 months ago I signed a shorter lease in anticipation of The Year of Sarah Joy. This morning I tidied my apartment for a showing. This afternoon, I learned the new renters passed their background check and are interested in buying my furniture and builtins. After four years, my no-closet, perfect for Pride Parade parties, 350 square…

Effective July 1 – notice of resignation 3.6.16

…was the all too clear subject of my email. Six months after discussing my travel plans with my team at work, I submitted my formal resignation. In case you are counting, the gap between this resignation email and my last day of work is four months. I chose to be transparent and share my plans well in advance for…