Manifest Part I - The Travel Journals
W H A T T O E X P E C T
This is where it all started, in these journals of mine, Content from the past decade. It's really amazing to have all of my memories just a glance away. I know it might seem risky to have my stories written down, so easily accessible for people to get their hands on but my philosophy has always been: READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. I usually write on the first cover "Sorry for what you're about to read." I mean I can't control snooping parents or siblings, I do my best to hide them - don't get me wrong!
In 2011, I made sure to bring a journal with me to record the amazing journey I was about to embark on. The 3 journals I filled while in Central and South America for 10 months is my most precious property that I own. I spent the summer transcribing all the entries into my computer and even backed my computer up just to be sure! The transformation I underwent was amazing, and I still read back with astonishment at the stories. I wrote myself a pretty cool book and now I am trying to figure out how to share it in the most appropriate way possible!
While on the road I told people that I wanted to write a book one day about all my crazy adventures. I wanted to share how I felt I was maturing into a woman and learning about the ways of the world at such a fast pace. One of my best friends that I met traveling is Clint. He is extremely talented in whatever consumes him. Right now for instance he is diving somewhere is South East Asia and teaching courses! We used to talk for hours on end about life, love, relationships, people, development, spirituality, sexuality - you name it, we talked about it.
After reading some of my entries and hearing about my idea to write a book, Clint linked me up with one of his friends who is an author. I sent her some of my journal entries and she really encouraged me. She said the article about being held at gunpoint in Costa Rica should be the first page in the book I write one day! I was flattered at her positive feedback.
"Okay so you're on this crazy adventure right now and you're living it right now in this very moment?"
"Yeah" I replied nervously."
"Now what I want you to do is keep living. Keep writing. By the end of your trip you will have your story, you'll have your book."
I took the advice for what it was. What she said was perfect. I let go of all my plans, continuing to live in the moment. Here I am 4 years later with 3 travel journals, a few day-to-day journals and years of incredible opportunities, stories, experiences and memories to share.
So here we have it, these journals. PEN ON PAPER, which started this whole website idea from an initial desire to write a book. I lived my life and created the content. I wanted to connect with the world and share my stories so I started asking questions and sharing my ideas with people around me.
Check out Manifest Part II and III for how the answers to my questions presented themselves.
This dream of mine is becoming my reality!