It's been 6 months-ish since I started traveling around the US, and I feel like I'm at that point where I've sort of gotten used to the chaos of having to juggle work, powerlifting, podcasting, and traveling. It wasn't easy, and I'm still struggling because I'm a dumbass and I just want to do everything. YOLO, right? As a result, I've failed to give other things the proper attention they needed.
For example, I haven't been able to work on the podcast as much as I'd like to. I want to do more interviews, design a new website, design a new logo, and post more blog posts! I haven't been active lately, but that's ok. I'm still learning, and all I can do is get back on that podcast horse and move on. Hopefully Katherine and I can ride that horse into the podcast wild west. Also my analogies need some work.
I've found that long-term travel has been emotionally taxing, too, and I'm glad I signed up for Talkspace right before I left and got an amazing therapist to help me out with my struggles of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Learning to be calm and to be ok in my own skin has been huge for me, so don't hesitate to get a therapist if you can get one. As always, there's definitely room for improvement. I'd like to do a better job of keeping in touch with people in Philly and the Philippines because I kind of suck at maintaining relationships online.
Speaking of, I'm glad I got to visit the Philippines even for just a month! I've been putting it off for 5 years, but I'm so happy that I did it. Being able to see my mom and my friends have been therapeutic.
It's been wild having the chance to experience so many beautiful places, and there's still a lot to see! I plan on going back to New Jersey and Philadelphia in about a month to rest up and work on my citizenship, but I'd definitely want to travel around again if I get the chance.
To growth and new experiences.