Being self-employed now for almost two years, I've had moments that I've wanted the normalcy and predictability of a full-time job: health care, paid time off, predictable income, more income (I'm making much less than I was at my last job). The biggest perk that's worth its weight in retirement savings is the flexibility of self-employment. Theoretically, I can do my work from a beach in Goa, if I could find reliable wifi. The stars aligned and my dear friend Madelyn moved to Barcelona a year ago... so I'm heading there for six weeks for a vacation and to see if I can accomplish anything while I'm in place with many more distractions than Asheville. And a 6-9 hour time difference from my clients. Good thing I'm a night owl.
I loved Barcelona when Brandon and I visited in June 2010. We stayed about five days with Julia and Pino and just fell in love with the place. A vibrant, artsy, radical metropolis by the Mediterranean. Filled with cured meat, street performers, and pickpocketers (aah, it's good to be alert at all times).
I hope that this time will give me the space to envision what's next for me.. by growing Aril Consulting, by connecting again to natural building efforts, and by getting clearer on where I ultimately want to land and put down some roots. That and hold down my job... which actually gets pretty demanding at time.
I'm flying out February 11th and will be back stateside on March 26, a couple weeks ahead of my friend Ellis' wedding. Yes, it's just me going. Brandon is starting up year 2 of herbalist school next month so he's holding down the fort and keeping Ms. Emma Dagger Mittens fed and watered. She is a demanding beast.
Val's Life and Travel Blog
In April 2010 I left the security of my FT job to travel for eight months -- across the US, Europe, India, and SE Asia. I spent six weeks in Spain in Feb 2013 and experimented with working remotely for an extended period of time. (It worked!) This blog is mostly about my travels and occasional life updates.
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