It’s been a year since I sold my things, gave up my lease, packed up a backpack and a small dog carrier, and took off around the world.
Since then, I’ve hiked the Swiss Alps, wandered the streets of Paris, learned to salsa in Mexico, made pizza in Rome, and fallen back in love with my life. My highly unconventional, ridiculously free, unpredictable life.
I am so grateful.
And in that gratitude, I’ve found a beautiful, ever-present joy. Joy which wells up, grows, and expands the more grateful I become…making me feel even more free, joyful, grateful, and content. Joy that I can call on whenever I’m having a bad day and need a reality check. Joy that makes me want even more to see everyone else around me grateful, joyful, free, and content. Joy that makes my capacity to love grow ever bigger.
This is what I want to talk about today, on the day that marks this massive milestone for me, the milestone of choosing my own path:
Joy. And love.
It always comes back to love, doesn’t it?
This past year, I’ve learned so much. About love. About joy. About taking hold of your dreams with both hands, continuing to kick fear in the face, and how to really live. I’ve battled my demons, my anxiety, my depression. I’ve taken risks. I’ve learned to love myself. And I’ve learned to love my life.
I’m sure I still have so much to learn. But I’m grateful for how far I’ve come.
And I want to share.
Obviously, I write here about what I’m learning on the road. About how I lost and then found my mojo. About how a subtle shift in the way we approach our fears can change them into opportunities. About how I want to be sexy and what that really means.
But I want to do something bigger.
Because recently, I asked myself (as I often do), What do you want this year, Gigi? And the answers were big and beautiful:
I want to inspire, love, and share. I don’t want my lessons to be just my lessons. I want every precious thing I’ve learned and done to be yours too. I want to change the mindset of a culture. I want people to know that there’s something beautiful and unexpected waiting for them if they go for it and “work tirelessly to make [their] souls happy.”
In other words, I want to write another book.
So this is the part where you guys—my readers, my friends—are the first to hear that I’ve started mapping out chapters for a new book.
The working title is The Good Girl’s Guide to Living a Badass Life.
Think of it as a (super practical) love letter from your badass big sister about kicking fear in the gonads, grabbing onto your dreams with both hands, and changing both your own life and the world. Think of it as your guide to quitting that crappy job you hate, being your own boss, traveling the world, and falling in love with your life.
It’s still in its earliest stages, but I think it’s going to be big.
Which is why I need your help.
I need your help shaping the book. So if you haven’t already sent me an email (or left a comment) with your most pressing questions about starting a business, quitting your job, living a location independent life, etc., please do! What you guys want to know about is what I want to write about. Ask me your questions; tell me your stories; tell me what I can do for you specifically.
I also need your opinions. What do you think of the working title? Does it get you excited? Would you buy that book?
Finally, I want to thank you for reading, for writing to me, and for supporting me. Writing another book is, quite frankly, a little terrifying (but, hey, I keep telling everybody to face their fears, so I guess I should keep doing it myself, right?). Diving into the world of agent queries and book proposals is daunting. But every time I get a note, a comment, or a question, every time I see my blog’s numbers jump just a little higher…I feel encouraged to keep moving forward.
So thank you.
Even as I say that I want to inspire you, know that you all inspire me too.
Your Newly-Minted One-Year Nomad,
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