We have commitment issues.

Last Wednesday at 1 am, we rolled into our drive-way after being on the road for 12 days.  

We crossed 11 states, camped 5 different ways, experienced temps that ranged from 87º to 52º overnight, ate some of the best (worst for you) food, spent time with people we love, stood by trees that made us feel small, woke up next to the ocean, watched the sun rise and set over different terrain, drank our fair share of craft beer and coffee, printed postcards off the back of our car and watched one of the best female vocalists of our time (Adele).

It was hand down 12 of the best days of my life.

But — as I opened the car door to make my way to the house, I was overcome with a contradiction of emotions.

I was relieved to be home. The idea of being back in my space, my bed, my city was comforting and familiar. At the same time though, I felt myself yearning to climb back in the car and keep driving.

Why did I feel this way? Why do we feel this way when we return home after taking a break from our normal lives?

Being the obsessively self reflective person I am, I thought about this question a lot over the next few days being home. I checked off all of the standard answers:

  • It’s exciting.
  • You get to see somewhere new.
  • You can sleep in or stay up late with little consequences.
  • You get to spend time with people you don’t see often.
  • You’re not at work.

While those are all great, I think this particular trip gave me more than that. You see, this trip was something I had dreamed of doing for years. It seemed like a pipe dream for so long I didn’t think it would ever happen.

But it did.

It happened — because we committed to making it happen.

That yearning to keep going was the result of giving myself a taste of what it feels like to see a dream through.

It was a reminder that this life we’re living is short and tomorrow isn’t guaranteed — so we should probably start being a little more committed to our dreams. 

I’m committed to the dream that I will never stop seeking travel or adventure in my everyday life. I’m committed to sharing my passion for screen printing with our community. Most importantly, I’m committed to encouraging you to keep pursuing the life you want to live.

What are you going to commit to?

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.” ~Confucius

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