It has been a crazy last few months with many big things happening in my little family, including new job for my husband, refocusing my goals when it comes to my career, and lots of things shifting. They are all ultimately good things, but sometimes change can be difficult. (more…)
Instead of “how-to” travel tips, these are “why-to” travel tips
If you know me or have read my first blog, you may have noticed I am a low-key nerd. I think I might even call myself a highly functioning nerd. I have an R2D2 Suitcase that travels the world with me, and I was drinking from an R2D2 french press I actually requested for Christmas. I am so much a nerd, I convinced my husband, Travis, to let us walk down the aisle to the Star Wars theme once we were announced husband and wife. He is a good husband, everyone laughed, my nerd heart soared as we set off onto one of our greatest life adventures yet.
I attribute a lot of my nerd-dom to growing up with four brothers and a Star Wars/Tron loving fighter pilot dad. I still remember when my mom found us a bunch of old keyboards at a thrift store. We took whiteout to the keys and made our own Star Trek stations and we would pretend to be on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. My oldest brother, Daniel, was the captain. My baby brother, Joshua, was the expendable crewman.
I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series for the first time when I was in middle school. I read them again when I was in high school freshman English, and a third time when I took a course in college on LOTR taught by an actual wizard.
When I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theaters for the first time, I cried.
Don’t judge me.
It was at the part where Bilbo came back at the end to help the band of dwarves go onto Misty Mountain to reclaim their homeland. He says,
“I know you doubt me, I know you always have, and you’re right. I often think of Bag End. I miss my books, and my arm chair, and my garden. See, that’s where I belong; that’s home, and that’s why I came, cause you don’t have one… a home. It was taken from you, but I will help you take it back, if I can.”
I had tears streaming down my face at that point thinking, “I am a dwarf! I am a DWARF!”
And at that time, I was indeed a dwarf (metaphorically speaking).
I have moved about 17 times in my life, lived in 9 different states and 2 different countries, and in too many houses, apartments, and flats to remember. For a long time, I was a wanderer—and I loved it. I thrived on it. It made my heart beat stronger, and my blood pump faster.
Now I am in a different time in my life. I am part Hobbit and part Dwarf. My wandering days are gone, I actually live in a house with a husband and possibly a dog soon (PLEASE TRAVIS!!). And like Bilbo, I have my arm chair, and I have my books, and I have my home. I don’t have to wander to find it. Sometimes I feel as though I lead a double life—content to be at home, yet yearning for adventure.
I know we are all at different spots in our lives. Some of you are dwarves, still finding that place to call home. Some of you are certifiable Hobbits, possibly looking for an adventure. Everyone is welcome at this table. I think it is time we have a little DTR (define the relationship), just so we are all on the same page as we explore this beautiful world together.
These are things you can expect from me:
- Coffee-fueled, wanderlust-loving blogs about saving money and traveling this globe.
- Zero discrimination. Not only in the things all humans should know, but I don’t travel-discriminate. If you haven’t traveled but want to, no problem! If you have packed up your life and travel full time, dude—awesome. Again, we are all Hobbits and Dwarves and we can find common ground no matter what, cuz we all live in Middle Earth… you get what I am saying.
- I have the right to refuse service to anyone—meaning I want to promote healthy and edifying conversation about saving money and blogging. If I feel like you are not on the same page, I will exercise my right to eliminate you from the conversation. Cool? Cool.
- A wise woman once said to me: “Just because you can’t do everything, doesn’t mean you can’t do something.” I love those words of wisdom and refer to them often when I look at my budget, or traveling, or saving money. I don’t expect you all to be financially perfect because I certainly am not, but we are all doing something to work our way towards financial health. This may even mean not taking that trip until things are sorted. It may not, the choice is yours.
- Just like the saying above, I will take it further and say, “Just because you know something, doesn’t mean you know everything.” I know a lot of things, but I don’t know everything. We are all just trekking together, so let me know if you have ideas or tricks up your sleeve. I love hearing all of them!
Glad we are all on the same page living long and prospering.
Until next time, friend.
Bethany, Resident Adventuring Hobbit at Bayless End
P.S. If you are into podcasts and awesome things like Star Wars or other mythical epics, I just listened to an incredibly inspiring episode of The Ted Radio Hour called The Heroes Journey. It explores the reasons behind why we follow heroes and what we can learn about ourselves in the process. It also gives massive shout outs to my beloved Star Wars, as well as other great talks/fandoms. Seriously, SO good.