Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Happy 4th Re-Birthday to Me!

Happy 4th Re-Birthday to Me!

Four years ago today, I quit my job and was thereby born again into a new life. Since my re-birth, I have luxuriated in the freedoms afforded by unstructured time and financial independence. Wow, what a joy ride it has been!

My fourth re-birthday finds me reflecting on my experiences of the past year:
  • I smiled big as I watched The Long Awaited Video
  • I spent a weekend in New York City helping to Share Adventure Cycling Love
  • I flew To The End of the World and spent three wonderful months biking through Patagonia.
  • I spent one month living in the alluring city of Valpara√≠so, where El Mec√°nico and I were bombarded with creative inspiration.
  • I housesat for some of my favorite furry friends: Ricky, Mia, Min, and Midnight.
  • I enjoyed my Mom's visit to Seattle and then set her free to explore the city on her own.
  • I adored traveling more than 800 Miles this summer with Bromleigh (my new Brompton).
  • I had a blast staffing two events for Adventure Cycling -- the Columbia River Gorge and the Black Hills.
  • I enjoyed a personal bike trip around the Tetons-Yellowstone, and then I lead two back-to-back week-long van trips along the same route.
  • I landed an awesome long-term housesit in which I'll take care of the same five kitties for three months in the spring and fall.
  • I had a fantastic overnight bike trip with friends along The Rectangle Ride.
  • I survived alligators, dead frogs, and cockroaches during my three-week housesit in Florida.
  • I also survived the six-week-long van-supported trip I led down the Pacific Coast, from the Canadian border to the Mexican border.
  • I landed my first paid writing assignment.

This year was big for me to try new things -- extended bicycle traveling outside the country, volunteering large chunks of my time, traveling with a folding bike, and leading epic (i.e. long-term) cycling trips, to name a few. Some of these new experiences were more enjoyable than I ever imagined; others weren't so fulfilling. Some of these things I'll do more of; others I won't. Regardless, I'm grateful to have addressed my curiosities, and I'm grateful to have learned more about myself and how I enjoy spending my time.

As I embark on the next year of my semi-retired lifestyle, I'm really excited to do more of the things I love -- traveling, biking, relishing the out-of-doors, writing, and exploring my curiosities.

My lifestyle over the last four years has given me a level of perpetual contentment that I never could have imagined. Simplicity has brought with it a richness that money cannot afford.

I look forward to many more re-birthdays, honoring my compass and living my life by design.

5 comments:

  1. I love Rebirth day! And I needed a glow of happy, so thank you VERY much for sharing and taking us along for the adventures!

    OK did I miss an earlier snippet on the paid writing gig? Congrats!!! I am very happy for you!

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    1. Thank you, Tony! You've missed nothing -- I'm waaaay behind on my blogging.

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    2. You have been a bit busy!! Looking forward to hearing about it!

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  2. Happy Re-Birthday Sarah! I was so delighted to "randomly" run into you at Half Moon Bay in October, and ride along with you for a few days as your Adventure Cycling guided tour intersected with my solo ride from Oregon to Santa Barbara. Can't wait to see when our paths will cross again <3

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    1. Thanks, Ocean! Yes, that was great fun running into you 900 miles away from home! I really enjoyed riding with you as we left Half Moon Bay. I'll never forget that -- clipping along at an awesome pace along the beautiful coast, while singing along as Cloud Cult blared from your speakers. :)

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