Early this year, I asked myself one of those thoughtful, philosophical questions:
If you could go back in time and say one thing to your younger self, what would it be?
For me, the answer was fairly simple.
I would tell myself to keep going.
Keep going when life feels utterly overwhelming. Keep going when you’re not sure how that whole starting-a-business thing is going to work out. Keep going when you’re emotionally drained, struggling with a yet-undiagnosed depression, and feeling completely cut off from the world. Keep going, in other words, no matter how hard things get.
After all, for every thing I have accomplished so far in life, there have been at least a few points where giving up (or not even starting) seemed like a good option.
It’s easier, after all, to stay in a secure job with a guaranteed paycheck, even if you’re miserable, than to strike out on your own as a freelancer with variable income that depends, day by day, on your own ingenuity, tenacity, and a little luck.
It’s easier to stay comfortably rooted in one spot, working with freelance clients, always being available, than to pack up everything and set off around the world, where every single step you take is new and unknown.
It’s easier to stand still than to move. Easier to go with the flow than swim against it.
But in every single case, I’m glad I pushed ahead, took the risk, did the thing that scared me shitless, kept going through the setbacks and the slow months and the many mistakes along the way.
Which is why, after I asked myself that question, I made its answer this year’s mantra.
With my new 100 Locals books. With my quest to be a full-time creative writer, slowly shedding my copywriting projects along the way. With my plans to make a real, long-term home for myself here in Europe. With my intentional joy-chasing. With the mountains I climb and the choices I make. With self-love. With compassion. With the things that really matter in this life, at the end of the day.
It is because of this mantra, this forward motion, that I’m so proud to share with you today that this summer and early fall, I’ll be publishing three (that’s right: three!) more 100 Locals books, all lovingly, painstakingly curated to help you experience Europe in a more authentic and, hopefully, life-changing way:
Paris, my own personal favorite European capitol, which, again, will feature 10+ locals with their inside perspective on Parisian cuisine, beautiful neighborhoods, and quirky, hidden-away local gems. Tentative launch: the week of August 18th. [Now available!]
And Prague, one of Eastern Europe’s gorgeous, mysterious, increasingly popular cities, whose 10+ locals will talk architecture, culture, food, and breweries. Tentative launch: mid-September.
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Thank you all for your endless support. Have a city or country book you’re desperately wishing for? Let me know what it is in the comments. The keep going mantra doesn’t end with these three.