I’ve been thinking a lot about home. Home as in the United States. And trying to build a home there again.
I’m fairly isolated right now, out in Asia. I have all of the free time I was lacking working for VentureSum and I’ve been able to secure three solid freelance clients that are paying my way out here. So my thoughts frequently turn to “what’s my long-term goal here?”
Being a freelancer is a challenge sometimes because it’s exactly what you make of it. Instead of a clearly defined career path it can be as much or as little as you like. Right now I write photography-oriented articles for a number of blogs and companies.
I can’t say this is what I set out to do when I first dipped my toe into freelancing but I’m surprisingly good at it. Each time I come back to it I find better ways to make money. I’d intended to be a freelance photographer specifically but that turns out to be a much harder niche to break into.
I still have ideas, though. Like I said, I’ve learned a lot. And I’d like to get back to the States a few months down the line with my ideas. So right now, my goal is to save a few grand and take that out West. I’ve had my eye on New Mexico for awhile now. I want the outdoors, a small population, low cost of living, decent weather, and mountains. And so far, New Mexico checks the most boxes without being absurdly expensive or crowded like Colorado or California.
I could either continue freelancing or try and find work in the outdoors. Chain sawyering, gardening, trail work, or something similar. It feels pretty good and is enough of a plan to keep me focused and wanting to write and watch the bank account grow. Nice having a bit of direction!
In the mean time, I’ll be preparing for my ayahuasca ceremony in a couple of weeks, staying in Taiwan for another week afterwards, and then going to either Thailand or Eastern Europe for a change of pace.