Hi, Southeast Asia

February 19, 2016

A quick note on what I’m doing with my life right now (for those who are interested).

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I’m currently on week three of a three-month trip to Southeast Asia. Embarking on a long trip like this has been a dream of mine for years, and last fall I decided to make it happen. I left my job at Flywheel, rented out my apartment, and booked a ticket to Bangkok in a matter of a few weeks. And now, here I am, in the middle of Myanmar enjoying avocado juice and beautiful weather.

I’ve jokingly been calling this trip my “quarter life crisis sabbatical” when I talk about it to friends. I’m not sure I’d say I’m actually having a quarter life crisis (if there even is such a thing), but I’m certainly taking this time to figure some things out that I haven’t been able to really focus on at home. My last two and a half years in Omaha have been pretty stellar, but no matter how much I’ve travelled, the need to do it more and for longer isn’t going away, and the more I get into my career and work life, the more I’m left wondering what I really want to do and how I want to design my life.

So, long story short, I’m here for a few reasons. First, to challenge myself. I want to see if this solo travel thing is something I want to do, to be comfortable being alone with myself (something I’m really bad at), and to remind myself of my own independence and strength. Second, to work on unfinished creative projects that have been sitting on my hard drive for years, to take lots and lots of pictures, and to start writing regularly again. My biggest challenge over the past year has been finding time for personal projects through writing and photography and video and I miss it. And lastly, I’m doing this to find some space, and to really get into my brain and think about what I’m doing and what I want to do in life, to figure out who and what I really value, and how I want to fit all the pieces together to build a life I want.

So that’s what I’m doing on the other side of the world right now. So far, it’s been mostly wonderful and a little bit tough. I’d be lying if I said I was enthusiastically ready to hit the ground running as soon as I landed in Bangkok. Traveling alone is easy, but being alone isn’t so easy for me. It’s been an adjustment, and it’s been hard, but when things are tough it’s a sure sign that you’re doing some growing, and that’s what this thing is all about, right?

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From here on out (or as soon as I leave Myanmar and get some decent wifi) I’ll be trying to update my blog once a week. If you want to follow along on the adventure, you can do it here, and more regularly on my Instagram.

As always, thanks for reading.

6 comments

  1. Comment by Mary Pat Rerucha

    Mary Pat Rerucha Reply February 22, 2016 at 4:20 am

    Go get em Bridge!!!!

  2. Comment by Colleen McQuillan

    Colleen McQuillan Reply February 22, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Beautiful words from a beautiful girl inside and out. Your dad is grinning ear to ear. I love you and miss you.

  3. Comment by Carol Zuegner

    Carol Zuegner Reply February 22, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Bridget, I love this journey so much, for the photos and your experiences and for you. Keep writing. And the photos are stunning.

  4. Comment by Nicole R

    Nicole R Reply February 22, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I’m just in awe of your photos and the things you have to say-truly wonderful. It feels like yesterday I was babysitting my 1 year old cousin…;-) Keep having that adventure and I hope you figure out everything you need to figure out-just remember, life is a constant journey and what you may figure out in your mid twenties can change drastically by your mid thirties. This is certainly not a bad thing. Love you-stay safe!

  5. Comment by Christine Oaks

    Christine Oaks Reply February 22, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Sure sounds like you have a great start on a very considered approach to living deliberately & fully engaging your many talents. Taking time alone is incredibly wise~at any stage of life & does require sacrifice & courage~ particularly for those of us who derive so much comfort, self-definition & let’s be honest FUN from being with loved ones~be they family or friends. I hope you find the change of scenery inspiring b/c I suspect anyone as interesting, intelligent & beautiful inside & out as you will not be alone for long. :-) Stay safe & thanks for sharing your journey with those of us a bit more rooted (for the time being anyway)!

  6. Comment by Coco

    Coco Reply February 22, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Can’t wait to follow your adventures!

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