This update was posted to my personal Facebook page on December 23, 2015.
It’s been one helluva ride, DC.
Over the course of more than five extraordinary years, I’ve had the opportunity to get a world-class education; develop a community of endlessly inspiring friends; challenge myself in a variety of work environments; explore a vibrant food and music scene; live in half a dozen different neighborhoods; witness and participate in historic moments in the fight towards equality; and fall in love. I have more treasured moments strewn across this city that I can even begin to count, and leaving is undoubtedly one of the most bittersweet experiences I’ve yet to encounter. But it’s time that I begin my next chapter in 2016.
Thirty days from today, I’ll be boarding a plane with a one-way ticket to Montevideo, Uruguay as I begin my journey with Remote Year (remoteyear.com). I’ll be spending the next year living in twelve different cities around the world, where I will be teleworking from each for one month. It will begin with four months traveling throughout South America; followed by four months exploring Europe; and ending with four months in Asia. It’s literally a dream come true: the realization and embodiment of my wanderlust alongside 74 other ambitious individuals that share my thirst for exploring the world.
I’m not ditching my day job just yet though: I’ll be shifting over to be Communications Manager at Green For All, working to support implementation of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan in low-income communities across the country. I’m also thrilled to be joining Mic as a contributing writer, where I’ll be exploring what it means to be a working twenty-something in varying cultures and economic circumstances, all through the eyes of locals. And to carry over the wonderful experience I’ve had with CreativeMornings/DC over the past two years, I’ll be penning regular dispatches for CreativeMornings’s blog as I hit up local creative communities around the world, including chapters in Istanbul, Prague and Buenos Aires.
Next week, I’ll be launching a personal blog that will serve as a home for my freelance writing from Mic, CreativeMornings and elsewhere, alongside the occasional late night, possibly intoxicated reflection of what on earth I’ve gotten myself into. Speaking of intoxication: for more regular, light-hearted updates, I’ll also be Snapchatting and Instagramming it up (@djwein).
In the meantime, the next month is about packing my life down to a suitcase. (Ok, maybe two.) Also, getting pages added to my passport and finalizing my visas for Bolivia and Cambodia. Finding that long-lost PADI scuba diving certification card while trying to figure out how to score (and afford) tickets to Tomorrowland in July. Determining the most comfortable headphones that my head will become fused with while working 8-10 hours per day.
I really have no set expectations for what to expect from the next year, and that’s really the exhilarating part of this grand adventure. It’s so unspeakably out-of-the-box, one can’t help but feel confident that something extraordinary will emerge from it all.
Fortune favors the bold,