Wanderlust Wendy

What I’ve Been Up To

Last updated: April 2020

This Now page was inspired by a Tim Ferris podcast interview with Derek Sivers, who began the nownownow.com project. Think long-form version of social media status updates. Rather than ephemeral, this now page requires a bit more intention and thought to maintain. The purpose of my now page is to share current projects to both keep myself accountable, and update collaborators and readers.

2020 Theme: Be Intentional

After a year of being uncomfortable in 2019, I set out to live a tad more intentionally in 2020. I picked up Bullet Journaling in earnest and reminding myself to reflect often. I’ve also resumed cooking and taking that hobby to a new level. Turns out, that hobby would do me a lot of good in the current climate where we are all spending a lot of time indoors.

Life continues in Saigon. I got a new job working for the LIN Center for Community Development. Still finding some balance to do that job and this blog thing. Grateful to have had so many months of devoting nearly full-time to this hobby. Part of being intentional is also getting a tad better at time management, and being mindful of how I spend my time.

Documenting Saigon Lives in Saigon Chronicle

I was quite consistent in writing about facing culture shock and settling into life in Saigon in the Saigon Chronicle series. After six months, I began traveling quite a bit and haven’t focused as much on exploring the city, also, complacency set in. Need to pick this drive back up and write more Saigon specific blog posts under this series.

Learning Vietnamese

Part of the allure of living in a new country is the challenge of learning a new language again, and be uncomfortable. We have a tutor that comes to our home twice a week for 90-minutes each. The progress is slow, and for nearly three months from December to February set me back quite a bit. Nevertheless, I am back to having lessons twice a week, and am able to form sentences and carry on a basic conversation – that’s not nothing!

Catching Up on Year-Long Travel Posts

I’m woefully behind on writing up travel guides from our one year of full-time travel from June 2018 to July 2019. I’ve enjoyed re-living our journey as I revisit each segment of the travel and write up useful tips for others. Let’s hope I can finally have all of these published by our one year anniversary in July 2020!

Curating Travel Guides

I had an idea to curate travel blog posts to solve an annoyance I encounter during travel planning – the need to open up 20 tabs of travel posts, only to find 3 that are useful. The rest is filled with pop-ups and ads flying everywhere, attacking my senses. It’s horribly frustrating and time-consuming. So, to solve my own problem, I’ve been adding other useful posts related to my own content, and I had created a guide for Taiwan, Vietnam, and Thailand to beta-test.

Curation is incredibly time-consuming, but I am prioritizing this goal to put out a few more country guides each month. Please let me know if there is a particular country that you’d like me to prioritize!

What I’m Reading

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China
The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future
FlΓ’neuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London