So, it's been a year... Man, I give a lot of credit to people that manage to keep up quality blogs. It's a lot of work! But after a crazy year I'm back and excited to begin creating and sharing images again. Let me just get you caught up...
The older I get the more I realize how important travel is to me. Some people would say I caught the 'travel bug' but I think it's just restlessness. After spending a certain amount of time without adventure or travel I get restless and overwhelmed with the need to get out, 'run away' and gain some more experiences. So, that time came and I decided to undertake my biggest trip yet - Southeast Asia!
Understanding the time it takes to properly explore such a large area I decided to take a few months and therefore move out of my place in Toronto. With this decision came a rash and potentially reckless urge to get rid of most of my belongings.
After selling most of my shit I recruited one of my long time friends, Mike, to take on the trip with me and the next thing I knew we were on a plane to China. The excitement at this point is unexplainable - I was able to reduce my life into a bag and knew that the next few months would be filled with everything I love doing.
So... Southeast Asia... the trip was around 4 months and I was able to explore 5 countries. The trip was completely out of this world. A truly life changing experience.
But, with a trip that long comes A LOT of photos. I'm just starting to get my head around the edits (I've been busy!) and will go into much more detail with various blog posts outlining different countries and experiences. Expect those within the next month.
After returning home came the realization that I needed to figure out my life/future and transition back into 'normal life'. This was almost harder/scarier than the actual trip. Having moved out before leaving I found myself couch hopping and still living out of a bag when all I wanted was the comforts of being home. I quickly found myself working the same jobs and falling right back into the routine I ran away from. Something needed to change.
While back on a very familiar job I had a small freak out and realized I needed to "make moves". I texted a long time friend working in the industry out west and the next thing I knew I was given the offer to move to Calgary and work for an advertising agency.
Within a few days I had a one-way plane ticket to Calgary. I had never planned on living in Calgary (the opinion back home isn't very strong) but decided there's no better time to relocate than when you're already living out of a bag.
The transition was a little difficult - being home for such a brief period of time made it difficult to leave all my friends and family again and there were many moments where I questioned if I had made the right decision. These questions were regularly answered every time I entered the mountains.
Shortly after moving I spontaneously purchased a 500 dollar, 1988 Toyota 'Van' that I would use to explore a world I've always been interested; #vanlife. With The Van, or 'Tony The Teal Torpedo', we would venture into the wilderness almost every weekend. With the support of my close friends here and the beauty that the west has to offer I was easily distracted by the worries of making such a rash decision.
Now, it's fall and I am content. I've accepted my decisions and have been able to appreciate the things my new life has to offer. I'm shooting more than I have been, I live close to a landscape that is arguably one of the most beautiful in the world, and I'm moving forward. I'm living a more grounded lifestyle that allows me to make calculated moves for my next goals.
Next, I'm excited to continue adventuring, shooting, and pursuing one of my most ambitious and significant projects yet. Happy to be back!