By day, I am a teacher. By afternoon, I become a multitude of other roles. Writer, artist, photographer, traveler, hiker, and dreamer. Over the past seven or eight years, this website has served as part muse/part catalyst to embrace new experiences. The plan for 2022 is to devote more time to see some of the projects that have spent years in development to become realized.
Writing, photography, drawing, creating, designing, connecting big ideas, and dreaming about the unknown future are outlets for my restless brain. These are all nurtured and sustained through traveling, reading, listening to music, and attending concerts & plays.
In June 2019, I began an experiment to be jobless and homeless for one year. (All by choice.) The decision to step away from teaching to recharge my batteries and to devote more time to the various writing projects that had been pulling on my mind’s energy was one that had been in development for quite some time. The pandemic ultimately disrupted that plan, as it disrupted the lives of people across the world. My plan to walk 2,650 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail to help facilitate the thinking required for these projects lasted only 110 miles before being asked to leave the trail.
My ultimate hope for this blog is to have an outlet where I can write and send my thoughts out into the void. I am glad to share my journey with others who may stumble upon this blog, which originally developed during the cold months of the winter of 2014, when I decided that a change of scenery was much needed. Moving out of my place at the end of that school year and not moving into my new apartment until the start of the next school year became a great motivator to hit the road. Over the course of those two months, I journeyed across North America in my small Hyundai. Those twelve thousand miles over a period of fifty-eight days provided peace and clarity for me, and would eventually serve as an inspiration for many of the projects I am working on today. (These travels are still documented on the main page of this blog.)
Since October of 2017, this blog has slowly morphed into a creative outlet for me to share my ideas that may not be directly connected to travel, but have been clearly shaped by the lessons learned from my travels and from a variety of influences. The journal I use for this blog continues to gather new ideas. There may be some common themes that will develop and be explored over time, but my promise to myself is not to limit the direction of where this blog may eventually head. The unknown is not to be feared.
More journeys will follow! Please consider following/subscribing to this blog to continue to see what I send out into the void. Thanks!
-Greg (Updated December 26, 2021)