I started this blog as a way to document my travels. Recently, I came to the decision to leave my hometown of Asheville, North Carolina. The reasons are many, and I won’t go into detail here. In a word: I died. My identity, as an Appalachian, as an activist, and as a romantic, have been lost to me. I can’t make a living here, and my heart breaks every day driving down the streets I once called mine. So, when an opportunity came up to move to Dubai, I took the opportunity.
I am leaving my politics, my roots, and my heart behind to set off on a new adventure. This is not an easy decision, but it is one I wish to document. I will be living in the Middle East, starting my life over, processing heartache and loss, dealing with mental illness, exploring the world, and enjoying what I can. I am trying to find out who I am when the parts of me I most valued have died.
This is also a project to force me to write something and publish something every single day. It’s less about inspiration and more about discipline. We’ll see where this goes.