Reflecting, recharging and getting personal
I love to travel. I love to share my experiences in this blog and on social. My goal is to motivate and inspire others to travel and see new things in my adopted home of Miami.
But, lately I’ve been evaluating a lot this passion of mine, my job and my life.
The only constant is change, they say. I have noticed many changes in the industry I have dedicated my whole professional life to and I’ve fallen a bit behind. And that’s OK. I haven’t been able to turn into a social media mega star, for all accounts the new measure of success.
I love that platform but I haven’t been able to figure it out. While it has made me go try new places and make true IRL connections, it has also made me second guess myself as a travel writer and even my wit and sense of humor. I struggle with the social media thing still. Yeah, it would be nice to have a decent following, but do I want to live my life just for content? Do I want to over share other aspects of my life and create a cuter, funnier version of myself?
All of this has been in my head for a while. I write for a living and while I was keeping up with my assignments, I was feeling a longer than usual writer’s block when it came to this blog. Then April rolled up and with it a stream of celebrations. It’s my and Mr. Backpack’s birthday month and it’s been non-stop.
Maybe I needed a break, maybe I was being lazy. I was putting myself under a lot of pressure trying to figure out social, meeting my deadlines, running a household, writing for this blog while wondering if anyone is paying attention. (I’m not one to check stats or clicks). Then I was also putting a lot of effort in celebrating.
In one of the many happy hours I took part of, I ran into an old friend who I haven’t seen in years, other than thru Facebook. To my surprise, she mentioned she’s going to Puerto Rico. After reading this. “I read it and told myself I had to go! That’s good! I can’t wait to see the island”, this obviously good friend told me.
And that was it. I felt validated and with more enthusiasm to keep going. After all, if I get ONE person to just Google around to know more about a destination I may have made them interested in, I’m good! If someone goes on to plan a trip and go discover, I’m freaking GOLDEN! I’ll keep traveling and sharing, taking on assignments and enjoying being insta-anonymous.
Stay tuned. More to come.