Coffee Date With Anthony Ongaro

August 24, 2016

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Hi friends! In case you haven’t been following along on Instagram, I’m officially ten days into my road trip and things are going well so far. I’ve already visited six states, and am about to enter my seventh and eighth states later today. Aside from one crazy wind/rain storm, everything has gone smoothly… and guess what? I’ve only cried once! Somehow, that feels like a win. :)

There are so many things I want to tell you about the trip already, but for now I will just say that the highlight has been my time in Minnesota. On a particularly rough day of driving through South Dakota, I texted friends to say I couldn’t wait to arrive, because I had a feeling it was going to be a special part of this trip – and I was right. On top of seeing some long-time blogging friends, friends I met at WDS last year and even some new faces, I got to stay and spend quality time with Anthony and Amy Ongaro.

You might recognize Anthony’s name because he’s written not one but two guest posts for me in the past. He’s also the writer behind the blog Break the Twitch, where he talks about intentional living and creating a life that aligns with your values. Based on that sentence alone, you can probably imagine that we have a lot in common… and we do! But I didn’t know what to expect, because we had never met (other than on a few Skype calls) before this trip.

Now, after spending just a few days together, I am genuinely sad at the thought of not seeing Anthony and Amy again for a while. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever felt so aligned with two people, in terms of our energy levels and interests. We spent most of our time together laughing, and turning our online relationships into true friendships. And they were the most amazing hosts. I truly couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Before I left, I asked Anthony if he would mind answering some questions for the blog, so I could share more about him with all of you. Here’s what we pieced together. :)

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The Woods, Mountains and Happiness Within

August 17, 2016

The Woods, Mountains and Happiness Within

This is a guest post from my (soon-to-be real life!) friend Ms. ONL. As per usual, my friends keep writing posts that seem to fit perfectly with what’s going on in my life. I hope you enjoy this one as much as I did.

Happiness is something I have always been focused on, even from an early age. I blog about early retirement, but to me, early retirement is just one of many possible ways to live your best life and experience lasting fulfillment – key ingredients in happiness.

Like a lot of kids who grew up in the Midwest, I got shipped off to camp each summer. And that was often the highlight of my year – I loved the chance to be outside, to try different activities, and to exist in a world more defined by kids than by adults. It’s where I truly learned to love the outdoors and developed my sense of adventure.

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Why I’m Scared to Live Alone on the Road (But Am Doing It Anyway)

August 15, 2016

Why I'm Scared to Live Alone on the Road (But Am Doing It Anyway)

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in a Starbucks in Victoria, hiding in a corner with my headphones on and crossing off the final items on my work to-do list. My car is half-packed for the Great American Road Trip, missing only my day pack and pillow (a luxury I can bring, because I packed light and there’s lots of room in my car). And by the time you’re reading this, I’ll be on my way.

It’s hard to believe that an idea I’ve had for years is finally happening. For as long as I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve dreamt of travelling around and connecting with more of my online friends in real life. So you would think that I might feel nothing except joy and excitement. But the truth is, I’ve spent the past week riding an emotional roller coaster.

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