The First Post
This blog is going to follow my life while I am traveling around the world.
So far the hardest part blogging has been sitting down and starting it. Every time I begin I have trouble expressing myself. The difficulty is inserting this blog into my life without any context. When I try to add background I find my writing starts wandering. I will use this first post to give a brief history that led me to where I am now. I am also going to describe the kind of posts I intend to put on this blog. This article is a brief history of Keir.
I have lived in the US since the summer of 1999. The original plan was to work here for a year then return to Canada. I have now been here for 15 years. I work as a project manager for a building automation company. The company installs computer hardware that allows buildings to use less energy and run more efficiently. My current work permit for the US expires at the end of 2015.
Living in the US for the last 15 years I have build some great friendships. Shortly after arriving in the US I started swing dancing, and then blues dancing. Without a doubt the dance scene has been the social center of my life. I have had the honor to call friends, dance with, and photograph some truly great people. Closest to my heart is the community that grew around Bluetopia. It is a memory I treasure always. I feel so fortunate to have lived in Chicago. I look around and see the most talented and interesting friends.
I tend to get bored easily and prefer variety. As a project manager I was able to maintain a balance of desk work with field work. On any day I could be designing a user interface, programming a sequence to optimize a cooling tower, or meeting with a building chief engineer to go over details of a new project.
Unfortunately the job is not all happiness and success. Quite a bit of stress is involved and I have a tendency to bring stress home with me at the end of the day. This was translating into anxiety and depression. Things I don’t really want in my life. For years I have searched for a way to reduce my stress. The pressure of knowing that my work permit would expire just added to the pressure.
I have always dreamt of world travel but had good reasons why I would not be able to do it. Then one night of depression driven insomnia I watched a youtube video that changed how I thought about travel. The video was posted by Lauren of Never Ending Footsteps and it is called How to Pack for Long-Term Travel
This video revealed to me the concept of living anywhere. In this world of internet and telecommuting I realized I had a chance to continue working from any location I wanted. That realization was all the incentive I needed. I started researching options to allow myself to live and work in any location while still making a reasonable income. I talked to my boss and he supported my idea. I guess sometimes all you have to do is ask. I have no idea how successful I will be with this new lifestyle. I do know that I can not continue my life as I have up till now.
While traveling I will be photographing, recording videos, and blogging about my experiences and the people I meet. I will be reviewing equipment, software, and the tools I use will allow me to live my new life. I have absolutely no experience writing regular articles or creating vlog posts. This is all new to me and I realize my first attempts are going to suck. If I don’t ever start then I will never get better.
Along with this blog I am starting a Youtube channel. I found that as I describe my plans to my friends and coworkers I become excited. Excitement is infectious. People responded by getting excited and telling me about their future plans. This gave me the idea to interview people I meet along my travels. I want to record them talk about the positive and exciting things taking place in their lives. I intend to make short videos of these interview and post them on Youtube. My goal is to share the excitement people feel about the positive things in their lives. There is too much negativity in the world. I want to send out positive ideas to anyone willing to receive them.
I want to meet all the good people in the world, I want to share stories with them, I want to connect. If I can bring that feelings of hope and inspiration to even one other person then I feel will have accomplished my goal. Ideally I would also like to be able to support myself doing this. More than anything I want to be happy on a daily basis. I want to feel good about my life choices.
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Thanks for taking the time to check out my site and I wish you all the best in your own life travels.