Wanderlust Wendy

Current Status

Last updated: July 11, 2018

The 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.

2019 Theme: Be Uncomfortable

Last year, after bidding farewell to our lives in Shanghai, we realized our dream of traveling full-time. It surprised me how quickly we can fall into the comfort of travel, despite bopping from one new place to the next. I decided to challenge myself further and declared 2019 the year of being uncomfortable. So far, I’ve lived on an off-grid farm, announced to take this blog seriously, tried out a shooting range, and a float spa.

Most Recent Location: France

We had spent this spring back in my hometown in suburbia St. Louis, where I reconnected many great friends. I also had time to rest, work on writing, and rekindle with this city that I had called home for a decade. We then spent a month in Europe, where we had been on a whirlwind tour reconnecting friends in Paris, London, and Munich, and rested for a few weeks in Les Vosges region of France.

Friendship requires cultivation, and while social media is fantastic to keep in touch, nothing beats great conversations over a drink. We’ve also used this time to enjoy European summer, rediscover London and Paris, as well as an introduction to Bavaria.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned over this past year of nomad living is I am not a good blogger on the go. I prefer dedicate time to really enjoy the place we are in. I do post some photo updates on Instagram/Facebook to remind myself later what all we’ve done. Writing blog post later also allows me to re-live the experience again.

Current Stop: Saigon, Vietnam

We recently relocated to settle temporarily (or permanently? who knows.) in Ho Chi Minh City. It’s only been a week, and everything is thrillingly new. I am learning Vietnamese, collecting contacts to kickstart our new life, and finding as much information as I can about our new home. I am also starting to poke around for something to do, perhaps finding a way to pivot back to the social sector, putting that expensive grad degree of mine to good use? In any case, I am loving the new challenge of feeling always just slightly uncomfortable – very fitting to the 2019 theme.

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
Flâneuse: Women Walk the City in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice and London