30 days in America

This post was written three days ago…..

As I write, I am shooting through clouds on my way to Los Angeles.  I am four hours and forty minutes away from touching LAX tarmac and travelling for 30 days in America.   For the next three weeks I’m road tripping through California then shooting over to the east coast and living in New York for nine days.  Excited I am.

Seven weeks ago I decided to give up the lease on my flat (of five years that I adored) leave my routine and comfort zone and go on an adventure.

The plan was to submerge myself in an exotic voyage, a joyful messy mash up of difference.  Submerged in otherness.  India fitted the bill perfectly except for the wee minor detail that I can’t eat a lot of lentils, rice, gluten and dairy.  So my 90 day voyage of discovery in Asia became 30 days in America.  I laugh too.

I cannot tell you how hard it was to hand in my lease.  I am serenely joyous with my decision now, but in the lead up I was pacing the outer margins of my courage, and then some.

You know when you can have too much of a good thing, when the routine is so deeply engraved that change has a long way to surface.  That was me.  I realised that if I didn’t cut the ties, change it up and leave my safety blanket I would more than likely wake up in five years time and very little would have changed.  That thought alone pushed me through a canyon of unexpected fear.

The propeller for all this change didn’t spontaneously manifest over night, I had been nursing my levels of discontent for quite awhile.  Simply put, when I’m about to pop my clogs I want to know I lived a life of joy doing what I love.  At forty I haven’t done that yet so I thought I’d give it a go.

In my trip I’ve created open space away from what I know, outside of routine to connect to my joy’s of creating, writing, travel and food.

I’m going to be blogging about my travels if you’d like to come along for the ride a little…..


About maree

I'm creative and curious and love writing about the fine and messy art of creating an authentic joy laden life.


  1. Kia kaha wahine toa! Wananei! Fantastic! Out the other side of that canyon of fear will be a land of discoverable opportunities. Keep us posted. Cxx

  2. Jo

    Looking forward to hearing about your adventures. Jo. X

  3. denise lewis

    WOW! a month full of exciting adventures, enjoy every moment. ‘travel no faster than your angel wings can fly’ :)


  4. Mel

    Wow – how exciting!! :-)

  5. Em

    ‘When you come to a fork in the road, take it’, Yogi Berra. Enjoy! x

  6. Jen

    WOW – good for you Maree. Have the most wonderful time and I look forward to hearing about your adventure. xx

  7. Jennifer

    Hi Maree,

    So happy to read that you are on another adventure! Sad that you are not making it up to Vancouver. I will be following you my dear.

  8. annton


  9. Love the new look for the site – look forward to hearing more soon. Viva Las Vegas (but Las Vegas is soooo 3 days ago for some!)

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