As André Gide, French writer said a long time ago:
“On ne découvre pas de terre nouvelle sans consentir à perdre de vue, d’abord et longtemps, tout rivage”
which is translated in English to mean “one doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.”
Today, in this personal observations post, we find ourselves reflecting on what is to be our “new normal”. As we start to lose sight of the shore or the stability we have known, we need to adjust to this new digital nomad lifestyle. They say change is difficult, and let’s face it…it’s hard. As we embrace our new digital nomad lifestyle, we are adapting to change in three major areas.
Creating Our “Own” Space
When we left Los Angeles, we left the comfort of our home, our routine and work environment and habits. During our current transitional phase in Chicago, our routine and especially our working environment and habits have been “thrown out of whack”.
We are currently staying with our friends, who have generously offered us a roof over our heads while getting ready to move to our first destination, Argentina. We are sharing their space with their three dogs. We also spent one week cat-sitting four cats at a friends of friends. While the pets are adorable, they have their own rhythm and expectations which do not often correspond with our work routine and habits. To be honest, we are finding ourselves struggling to find creative space in between cats who roam around everywhere and dogs who snore at our feet, tempting us to sleep while we should be working. It has been a challenge carving out private space to be productive and it is something we expect to continue dealing with as we move forward on this travel adventure.
In a previous blog post, which you can see here, we share how we got rid of the majority of our stuff and kept a few prized possessions in a 5x8x7 Smart Box. That was our first big step toward becoming minimalist. That process has continued and we are going even more minimalist as we pack our lives into a simple backpack. More to come on that in a future post.
This process of continually downsizing is actually quite liberating on a number of different fronts. With less stuff, we feel lighter and as a result, we start to think more freely. We feel open to the possibilities of life and we are unencumbered to pursue them. We question constantly, what we really need, and the importance of things or stuff. In this “new normal” nomadic lifestyle, collecting experiences and not stuff…is our mantra.
Our Office is Anywhere
To be more precise, our office is where there is a wi-fi connection. We are no longer tethered to a physical space or location. We have the freedom to work from anywhere we can get onto the internet. With this comes as sense of freedom and flexibility. On the flip side, you do have deal with lack of privacy, noise and internet that sometimes drops. So far from our experience, the ability to work from anywhere outweighs the negatives.
As we start this travel adventure to experience authentic food all around the world, we do so with a sense of adventure and a sense of humor. We are curious, open and ready to face the challenges that come with this new digital nomad lifestyle. Along the journey we expect to be amazed, frustrated, challenged, stretched and expanded. We invite you to share in our journey and Savor the Adventure.
Rosemary is a writer, culinary explorer, and digital nomad. Together with her partner, Claire, they created Authentic Food Quest to help people find the best local food on their travels. For over 5 years they have eaten their way through South America, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America while sharing the best local food experiences on their website. Authentic Food Quest has been featured on top publications such as Huffington Post, Business Insider, and Honest Cooking. Rosemary and Claire are also authors of Authentic Food Quest Argentina and Authentic Food Quest Peru, available on Amazon. Prior to creating Authentic Food Quest, Rosemary worked as a strategy director in advertising for over 15 years.