MYT State of Mind - Trading in a passport and travel life for a coffee mug and work life
Hello...?! Can you hear me?! Is anyone still out there... Woah, you would think at this point I may have forgot how to compose a proper blog post, that is incorrect, I'm still here but as life becomes more busy I've found less and less time to blog. My apologies for the lack of content lately, my never ending job search - has finally come to an end so I will continue to develop and publish more travel content on our travel blog. Here's a blog about what its' been like trying to readjust to life back in the real world, it HAS NOT been easy... so check out how we're feeling after travel has stopped and what we've been up to:
Trading in a passport and a camera for a resume and a 9-to-5 job
This has been an extremely tough transition for me to return back to normal life here in Denver, Colorado. As I fish through thousands of photographs of our amazing travels I can't help but miss our life out on the open road. Although traveling may seem tough at times - nothing could have prepared me for the challenges I would face when trying to return to the workforce. I'm not stupid, I'm not incapable; in fact I have a psychology degree from the Ohio State University on top of that I have a certification in pharmacy technician, I own my own LLC for my photography business and have worked countless jobs in the past in service industry, Cannabis industry and other work areas. To say I haven't accomplished things or I'm not capable of being a hard worker would mean that this blog wouldn't exist for you to read and enjoy. And to be honest no one ever told me I wasn't capable or wasn't a hard worker, or that it would be easy to transition back into normal rountine - perhaps it's just these tall buildings and being surrounded by a corporate environment and living in a city... can make you feel constantly pressured by societal norms. Societal norms are a thing I seemed to be running from while out on the open road, not all countries operate like the United States, some places take naps in the middle of the day such as in the Basque country of Spain...
I never fully understood the difficulties I would face when attempting to re enter the work world, a frustratingly long drawn out job search did ensue. It's been nearly 3 months (of being unemployed) and I'm finally employed (back in Colorado's MMJ industry) jumping from freelance gig, to photography assistanting to photography sale to make ends meet. I'm not sure what I consider difficult; in terms of living situations because I thought living here in the states would be easy but it seems everywhere in the world presents different living challenges. Denver is a rapidly expanding city with thousands moving here every month it's understandable that it's taken me some time to land a job but never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined it to take this long. I've grown tremendously through this job searching and life transition process I believe it stands out most when I go to my interviews now; so would I do it all again would I leave a job and a simple life behind go travel the world.
Perhaps my favorite part of my recent interviews is talking about my travels and how I visit 12 countries in just under eight months with my amazing girlfriend and camera at my side. I've stayed very busy during this period of unemployment creating massive amounts of growth opportunities for my photography company - Frankieboy Photography. Future collaborations are on the horizon with various outdoor brands and opportunities to expand my photography portfolio including the rapidly expanding gallery spaces, one locate here in Denver at Mockery Brewery and another in the mountains at Sticky Fingers Cafe, Minturn, Colorado. With the help of my amazingly supportive girlfriend - we applied for and worked at Denver's creative farmers market called the big wonderful where we displayed photography from our travels and told stories of our trip. It is amazing to hear people's reaction to how we sold all of our belongings packed our lives into our backpacks and hit the road for an unknown amount of time. It is bizarre to me that this idea is bizarre to many people out there - I urge you to take a travel sabbatical to leave it all behind to take a crazy jump to take a leap of faith to take an unknown risk to see and experience things you would not see and experience here - this is me motivating you to go travel the world and maybe one day someday we will meet you there. For now... until next time ~MYT