When my friend Aubrey and I began redesigning Of Whiskey and Words (it’s coming in 2018, I promise), she was convinced that the new site needed a motto. A phrase that shapes my writing and resonates with my readers. A creed I use every day that affects how I see the world. In short, something that easily conveys the message around which I’ve spent years writing.
Aubrey is a designer by trade and a creator by nature (the new blog layout is incredible). She has a natural talent for connecting ideas and concepts to people. In a time where everyone has the ability to make their voice heard, it’s imperative to know what you’re trying to say and why.
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At first, I laughed at her suggestion and said that I had too many mottos to count – perhaps a side effect of my love of quotes. But the truth was, after almost three years of writing (and publishing), I couldn’t come up with one core message.
My message has varied over the years. At first, it was, “Fuck everything. Travel everywhere.” Then it was, “Living abroad. Avoid Routine,” which morphed into, “Traveling and the concept of home.” If you’re bored (or just love reading my writing), you can go through all the posts I’ve written over the years and you’ll see the shift for yourself.
The issue is that I no longer consider myself a “world traveler.” Yes, I still travel as much as I can. Yes, I visited six countries this year alone, but compared to my “past life” it didn’t feel like a big deal. I’m no longer the guy taking year-long trips, sleeping in a new country every few days. I’ve accepted that.
Over the past few years, I’ve started feeding both sides of the wolf.
When Aubrey and I started talking about the new message for Of Whiskey and Words, I realized that it was about balance. I want to write and tell people that you can work a “normal” job and still live a rewarding life full of adventure. Just because you aren’t going to sleep in Budapest and waking up in Belgrade, life still has plenty of meaning. It’s choosing to see the purpose in whatever you’re doing; wherever you are.
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But, admittedly, “Find balance” isn’t a great motto and makes me sound like a yoga studio.