Content Autumn, pals! And by Autumn, I imply, it is nevertheless hot as the 7th layer of Hades in Florida so bring a swimsuit if you are coming more than. The pool will be open for the foreseeable future.
In other news, I’m 36 and this is Reflections from the Road Vol. 36. What a content coincidence! I do not know how in the planet I’m up to 36 of these, but time flies when you are busy as a bee.
Exciting to note, the subsequent time this occurs will not be until… oh, nicely, the subsequent edition, when I’ll be 37. But right after that, overlook it. It is like a solar eclipse, y’all. Only… it does not truly matter to any individual but me.
Oh nicely, if you are at a casino, place some revenue on 36 on the roulette table in my honor.
TRAVEL BLOGGER LIFE
September was the craziest month we’ve had in a lengthy time! Agreeing to speak at two conferences back-to-back seemed like a superior notion a couple of months ago, but in practice it was a entire lot at after. I spoke at my 6th TBEX (with Alex in Wanderland & Hippie in Heels about the energy of outsourcing) and the initial ever TravelCon (with Camels & Chocolate about attracting and sustaining lengthy term brand partnerships), and regardless of it becoming a ton of work and pure insanity from a organizing viewpoint, I had additional exciting than I have in ages. When you are a content material-generating communicator, there’s nothing at all additional exciting than Speaking ABOUT THAT for days on finish with other individuals who are equally as passionate.
As a great deal as the introvert inside me would appreciate to keep house and squirrel myself away behind a screen, I truly do appreciate conferences and the insane quantity of small business they bring my way. Would you think we are pretty much absolutely booked for 2019?!
And the ideal aspect of it all? I got to hang out with so numerous dear pals, some who I haven’t noticed considering the fact that I kicked off my RTW adventure and this entire Angie Away weblog-that-became-a-profession. There’s not a great deal I miss about possessing a *genuine* job, but I do miss the water cooler camaraderie. I have the warm fuzzies now right after hugging so numerous of my individuals and I inform you what, I haven’t felt this encouraged or hopeful about this sector in a lengthy time.
ROAD TRIPS WITH RAE-RAE
In the previous 90 days, Rachel and I have flown in a helicopter more than Niagara Falls, crossed the border into Canada, visited Chip & Joanna’s Magnolia Table in Waco, Texas, had an completely terrifying encounter in Mississippi’s most haunted home, quoted The Workplace all more than Scranton, Pennsylvania, ate all the tacos in Austin and attempted goat yoga in New York. (I was the fortunate recipient of the initial goat poo on my yoga mat, so I won a goat-shaped bar of goat soap. Not baaaaaad, correct?)
And this: I do not know how I ever survived devoid of my No. two! Can you think we’ve been operating collectively complete-time for a year currently?!
THE JET SISTERS ARE UNIVERSAL
Speaking of RaeRae, recall the video we shot at Universal Orlando way back in January?! It went reside! If you haven’t noticed it (or even if you have – additional views are constantly good!), or if you just have queries about organizing a trip to Universal, take a appear right here and inform us what you feel.
London is a single of the locations I nevertheless get truly, truly pumped to pay a visit to, so when Virgin Atlantic gave me two Upper Class tickets to Heathrow, I could not wait to program my umpteenth trip. Rick and I had the most great time. All the things that went incorrect (canceled flight) turned into a good blessing (spending the evening in NYC with Rick’s mom and brother), and we just had exciting collectively. Right after London, we took a train up to the Cotswolds for a couple of days and just wandered the countryside. We had a run-in with some aggressive cows close to the Fish Hotel (seriously, why do we constantly have drama with farm animals in the British isles?), but other than that anything was a dream.
Arranging a trip to London? Study this initial!
So a great deal has been great in the previous 90 days, it is uncomplicated to overlook that Rick and I have been via the ringer this summer season. He had his worst bout with kidney stones however, and my recurring discomfort has lead me from test to test and medical doctor to medical doctor. I’ve spent a lot of time on hold and a lot of time drinking barium. The superior news is, it is almost certainly not cancer. If it was, I’d certainly be expired by now for the reason that it is taking so lengthy to get to the bottom of factors.
My ideal guess right after the mountain of tests I’ve had performed so far is that I have some sort of autoimmune situation. I am hopeful that I am on the correct track as far as figuring it out, but I’ve got an additional couple of medical doctors, an additional couple of tests and an additional couple of thousand dollars to devote just before I’m performed.
Possessing knowledgeable a nasty taste of hurricanes the previous two years, I shouldn’t be shocked that when Florence began creating her way toward us, I panicked. I filled the pantry with non-perishable foods and created speedy use of the hurricane supplies list I published earlier this year. And then I had to pack up, leave Rick and the household and head to New York for a conference, not figuring out if Flo would hit or not. Stressed is an understatement.
Living via a all-natural disaster alterations you, even if every person is technically ok, and I didn’t comprehend how a great deal final year in specific had impacted me till I believed I may possibly be facing it all more than once more. It has provided me so a great deal additional empathy for survivors – of disasters, assaults, combat. You under no circumstances know what internal battle somebody is facing or why they react the way they do.
WE Cannot DO THIS ALONE
Rae and I are feeling the pinch of ever-altering algorithms. From day-to-day, we under no circumstances know if Instagram is going to show our photo to you or hide it from your feed. Identical goes for our weblog posts and anything shared on Facebook. It is so disappointing to function really hard on a project only to have it disappear into obscurity for the reason that no a single liked it. (Liking shows Facebook/Instagram that the content material is superior and worth displaying to other people!)
No matter how superior our writing is, or how fairly our photographs are, or how funny our videos are, none of it matters if our pals and readers do not engage. The brands we function with want to see that our content material resonates with you. If you occur upon our stuff when you are out there scrolling on the Planet Wide Net, please give us a thumbs up or a fire emoji or my favored, a query or comment. Each single action you take assists us out, so thank you for continuing to assistance us.
UPPER CLASS IS WORTH IT
Lengthy flights take a toll on my physique but I’m not certain I ever knew how a great deal till I flew Virgin Upper Class. I’ve under no circumstances felt rested right after a transatlantic flight just before. In truth, I generally really feel like I’ve been punched in the correct butt-cheek and neck for eight hours. Right after our Virgin flight, I was prepared to take on London with no want for downtime. No wonder individuals spend thousands of dollars for initial & small business class! Unless we win the lotto, I do not see me flying in the front seat a great deal additional typically, but I would be glad to function with Virgin Atlantic once more anytime they ask.
SHUSHING THE INNER CRITIC
Self-employment is an intriguing issue, y’all. I go months at a time with no feedback on my function other than the voice in my head. She tends to be vital, a perfectionist and not constantly affordable with timelines and workload.
But TBEX and TravelCon encouraged me in such unexpected approaches. Seeing how the travel weblog sector has evolved from when I began in 2006 tells me that we couple of dozen O.G.s left standing are undertaking some thing correct. It is been a slow burn to get to this point, exactly where content material creators are sought out and paid for their function, but the truth that compensation for content material now the norm tells me all the polite emails educating the brands who ask for content material, photography and video for cost-free are ultimately moving the needle.
It was also encouraging to be reminded that shouting into a megaphone aimed at readers is not the only way to get a message across. I’d been discouraged to see so a great deal of the content material creation planet heading either toward derivative photography or pot-stirring political punditry. Bikinis and controversy get likes and engagement in the quick term, but storytelling is constantly going to be king. It is uncomplicated to overlook for the reason that these who shout loudest naturally appear to attain additional individuals. Conference season reminded me that there’s space for every person, and these who insist otherwise are welcome to shout elsewhere.
TOOT YOUR Personal HORN
It appears the most thriving people in the planet are the ones who are not afraid to toot their personal horns. Contrary to what my inner critic says, I am essentially undertaking a lot correct, but I am not superior at publicly patting myself on the back or recognizing every single win. Rather, I promptly move on for the reason that I’m generally on to strategizing the subsequent endeavor. I blame my PR roots! We under no circumstances had time to toast ourselves for the reason that we had been constantly organizing for the subsequent significant launch.
Even right after all these years of good results, my default setting is the feeling of imminent collapse. Failure is constantly correct about the corner… only, that is not accurate at all. God has heaped favor and blessings in my path and becoming in conference land reminded me just how far I’ve come as a writer, photographer, blogger, consultant, Television individual and just basic small business-owning bada$$. I honor other girls when they go for their dreams, but under no circumstances give myself the identical credit. I want to transform that! Any ideas?
We can make our plans but God determines our actions. Proverbs 16:9
THE JET SISTERS VIDEO SERIES
We’re undertaking it, you guys! Shooting some complete episodes and mini-ones, as well. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to catch the launch, hopefully in the subsequent 90 days.
Say goodbye to gluten, mis amigos! Oh, and legumes, grains, dairy, soy, nuts, nightshades, eggs, sugar and booze. I only consume steak now. In the absence of a diagnosis so far, and with all indicators pointing to an inflammatory situation, I’m hopping on the autoimmune protocol (AIP) train. Location: a life devoid of discomfort. I guarantee I’ll share additional about this in the future, but currently, Oct. 1, is the day I’m going to attempt to repair myself with eating plan AND strain reduction (lol). Pray for me, I do so appreciate factors created with gluten, and I do so thrive on strain.
My schedule for the subsequent 90 days is as crazy as ever with our 3rd wedding anniversary, a couple of video shoots for The Jet Sisters, a single final campaign in Mississippi, Thanksgiving, Christmas and a doable trip to Costa Rica. But the principal issue is that in 10 days, Rae and I are going to see Hamilton, ultimately!
So prepare yourselves for the Orth sisters to develop into the Schuyler sisters. Operate!
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