I haven’t lost my way, exactly, but I think I’m about to find it. How does one find something he hasn’t lost? Journey with us. We’ll take you on the journey of a lifetime. You can follow along and comment from the comfort of your home. Let’s go on an adventure together. We’ll find The Way.
Michael Thompson recently said to me,
“Americans work to live. In Spain we live to work”.
We were on a call together and I revealed a secret to him and I’m about to share the same secret with you. Michael had no idea this comment set me on my heels. It’s an idea I’ve been wrestling with for a long time. I think it’s true. Americans are called ugly, entitled, lazy, and so much more. Seldom are they called focused and hardworking. Maybe they work so hard because they have bundles of debt piled on top of them for “stuff”, material goods, that hold them hostage.
Americans have more stuff than many other places around the world. In the 1950’s the average home was less than 1,000 square feet, 2 bed, 1 bath for 3 people. Today a starter home is 2,500 square feet and cost 31 times more for 2.5 people. Not sure how we can have half a person, but clearly, we think we need more space and “stuff”.
I’ve been studying Americans for a while now, their patterns, their behaviors, and it has brought me to this realization. It’s not that Americans don’t want to work hard, it’s that they lack focus. They don’t align their goals and priorities with their actions.
Thompson said it this way:
“Americans blog their hearts out and sell a $0.99 book while I’m over here selling a $40 product”.
That’s focus and impact. It’s a revenue stream that works. I think it’s the same thing Mike Allison was telling me recently. I didn’t have ears or heart to hear it at the time. Allison’s approach was different; he told us we were working too hard. And, for those of us steeped in the work hard to get ahead nature, that didn’t sound right.
Focus, potential, and the willingness to put it all to work make you a little weird. Putting on my weird hat, I’m about to tell you the secret I promised. Nearly three years ago my family backpacked through parts of Europe. Allison can attest that as we got off the train to meet him and his wife Carole in Frankfurt, Germany we carried nothing but four backpacks. My husband and I carried the necessities: three outfits for each of us and get ready essentials. The girls each carried a light daypack with their lovies and electronic devices.
We long to do it again, as a lifestyle. We’ve spent the better part of a year selling just about everything we own so we can be light enough to re-live the adventure. Soon we’ll be light enough to downsize any physical location and fit into a storage unit for the things we decide to keep.
We’re doing it and we invite you to journey with us. My family of four is about to undertake a pilgrimage called el Camino de Santiago. It has many names. In English, it’s called The Way of Saint James and is traditionally known as a pilgrimage of faith. It was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the middle ages. Pilgrims could travel this path, to Rome and Jerusalem, or follow other routes to earn pardon.
The Way can take one of the dozens of pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela. Traditionally, as with most pilgrimages, the Way of Saint James began at one’s home and ended at the pilgrimage site. However, a few of the routes are considered main ones.
We’re undertaking the route with our girls and think we’ll be changed in the process. The Camino is what we’re calling Slow Camino with Kids. Who is crazy enough to do that? We are!
You’re brave! Brave? Nah. Maybe we’re weird, crazy, or radical, but I certainly don’t feel brave. My knees are knocking a little bit and at the same time, there’s a strange sense of peace. The anxiety comes in the preparation details to get ready, and the physical movement of the little bit of stuff we have left. Beyond that there is peace. There is no timetable, just the call to go.
What will happen to your blog? I hear this question a lot. No worries. While we’re hiking some of the best writers around will continue helping you reach your health potential. Their writing and their topics are top-rated. They’ve been vetted for you. K. Kris Loomis 📚, Mike Brennan, Cori Leigh Mann, Frank McKinley, Teresa Colón, Brandon Weldy, Dave Kwiecinski, and Michael Shook are confirmed. They are already working to help keep you healthy.
What will happen to Publishous? Not a darn thing! Clay and I promise to keep bringing you the best of tomorrow’s best selling authors today. We’ll be hiking with a 2 lb computer and a 1/2 pound charger in our packs because you are important. While that doesn’t sound like a lot of weight, consider carrying it many miles each day. Mind you, you’ll have an earlier Sunday deadline, friends. We can’t hike forward or backward a few miles to get internet to pick up your stray pieces. Publishous will continue.
Where there’s a will there’s a way.
If my friend Tom Kuegler can go to the Phillippines and keep his business alive and well while sharing his adventure, you can bet we will too.
Healthier stories will come out via WeTalkHealthy and travel stories via Publishous. And, you can bet there will be stories about food. Look for great pictures on Instagram.
I invite you on the journey and we’ll all find our way together.