Hinterland

Hinterland, Week Eleven: A few pros and cons

Hinterland, Week Eleven: A few pros and cons

If you’ve ever wondered what it might look like to quit your job, throw caution to the wind, and race into the great unknown… good news! I can tell you all about it, or at least as much as I know from 2.5 months in. Which, let’s be honest, is not a lot… but it’s still something! And hopefully that something is helpful if you’re considering whether or not to embark upon your own version of Hinterland in 2018.

Let’s start with the cons:

  • DEATH AND TAXES
    • And by that I mean… health insurance and taxes. Picking my health insurance
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Hinterland, Week Ten: Over to you, Shauna

Hinterland, Week Ten: Over to you, Shauna

True story: I don’t really have anything to share this week. I thought I could write about one thing, and then I thought I could write about another thing, and then I thought about making a list of things. And while I could write about any of those things and many others, I’d rather take a break and pass the mic to one of my favorite sharers of things, Shauna Niequist.

Shauna has a whole host of wise and true things to say, but given that we’re nearing the time in which we all resolve to be better at … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Nine: Have a Mary Christmas

Hinterland, Week Nine: Have a Mary Christmas

Remember back in October when I said I wanted to chill the heck out and enjoy November? It took most of the month, but it really did happen last week. Not surprisingly, it happened on its own terms after I had mostly forgotten about it, and long after I tried to make it happen myself.

(Isn’t that true about all of the things, all of the time?)

There were several factors that made last week so enjoyable, but one of the nicest parts was that it didn’t feel rushed. It usually feels like December arrives before the apple pie … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Eight: So The Hulk walks into Old Navy…

Hinterland, Week Eight: So The Hulk walks into Old Navy…

If you are a person who grew up in a place, and you left that place, and you come back to that place for things like holidays, you might have noticed that you are capable of becoming the actual Hulk.

This is true by definition:

Caught in the blast of gamma radiation, brilliant scientist Bruce Banner is cursed to transform in times of stress into the living engine of destruction known as The Incredible Hulk.

Times of stress? Living engine of destruction? Home for the holidays.

No matter when you return, home can be an alternate reality of sorts, … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Seven: How about a newsletter?

Hinterland, Week Seven: How about a newsletter?

This brief post is sponsored by a new idea that is actually an old idea.

I’m not sure how or when newsletters became cool again, but they are having a moment and I’m all for it. And last month, when I put together the resource list at the end of this post, I thought it might be fun to turn that list into a monthly newsletter of sorts.

Let’s just be honest with each other: this is mostly because deep down in my soul, I am still the person who wants to tell you about all of the things, … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Six: Let’s take a break and talk about trampoline parks

Hinterland, Week Six: Let’s take a break and talk about trampoline parks

We’ve talked about some important things over the past few weeks and I’m so glad for that.

Today, we’re going to talk about what happens when you are 31 and spend an hour at a trampoline park.

This event was sponsored by Groupon and some of my more athletically-capable friends. For those who are new here… I am not athletically-capable. Not even kind of. But I do love a good adventure, and I love these friends, so those two factors were enough to override the foreboding sense that this was not going to end well for me.

First, a … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Five: Complacency’s Ugly Stepsister

Hinterland, Week Five: Complacency’s Ugly Stepsister

People, let’s talk about a thing:

Why does it feel like being content isn’t really allowed? Or at the very least, not really encouraged?

We say it’s allowed and say it’s encouraged, but aren’t we all constantly striving for more? Don’t we tend to judge people who¬†aren’t striving for more and put them in the “not trying hard enough” pile?

And by “we” and “people,” of course I mean “me.”

I’ve noticed how quick I am to be defensive about this particular season in life, which, unlike many other seasons, is not categorized by working as hard as I … Continue reading

Hinterland, Week Four: October was a little anticlimactic (and so is life)

Hinterland, Week Four: October was a little anticlimactic (and so is life)

There’s this scene in Gilmore Girls when Rory realizes she needs more than good grades to get into Harvard and completely freaks out.

RORY: Good grades aren’t enough. I need to do things! I need to volunteer! I need to work for charity, I need to help the blind, the orphans, I don’t know. I just need to do something.

DEAN: Fine, but what does this have to do with tonight?

RORY: I need to start now.

DEAN: Now? You have to help the blind and the orphans now?

RORY: Didn’t I tell you that I was ten years behind?… Continue reading