JLW 2.0 - "Dream Big and Grow"
Three years ago I decided to stop dreaming. No longer would I wish upon stars or pray that some miracle would occur that would change my life. I'd stop living my life in the fantasy worlds of novels, cinema and interactive games.
I decided to leave my job. They call it quitting - I don't. I moved on.
I sold my car. I sold, traded, or gave away my meager possessions (with the exception of a few passions). My GameBoy handhelds, games and accessories were traded to a friend for his 60L backpack.
I bought a one-way ticket to Bangkok, and started the most epic adventure of my life. I spent six months touring all around SE Asia, and when I ran out of money, I went to Australia in search of work. After 13 months of hard work in Australia, I took a week trip to SCUBA dive in the Great Barrier Reef and then drive a 380 mi (614 km) journey down the Great Ocean Road.
I returned to SE Asia after Australia, joined this time by two friends I had made in Melbourne. We spent a month in Cambodia together, then I spent an additional month in Phonm Penh followed by a month in Indonesia, where I became SCUBA certified.
Now I'm in Western Colorado, after working a seasonal job at a ski resort. I'll be focusing exclusively on developing the LIFEPACKR website and community in the coming months.
In late summer I plan to visit the Netherlands, and I hope to see much more of Europe on that trip. Eastern Europe is appealing to me as a new place to live cheaply and develop online projects.