My Journal 2-14-2017: Highs and Lows

by | Feb 26, 2017

Each day is a mix of highs and lows. Spanish coursework day 2 was much less stressful than day 1, but leaving school and trying to interact with anyone else other than my professor and classmates makes it difficult to stay positive. I still have so much to learn. Coming back to the house, I’m not always sure what to do with myself: Study? Write? Travel plan? Explore? I find myself in fear (mild, but there nonetheless) of going out exploring too much. I’m worried about my stuff getting stolen, not knowing where to go or how to interact with people.

I know I need to endure. The fear of the unknown will subside with time and continued exposure to a new place, culture, and just generally being a foreigner. Personal growth begins where your comfort level or comfort zone ends. I’m not doing this exclusively to be a blogger/digital nomad, it’s also to see the world, to explore, to strive for a different and fulfilling way of life for myself. Had I stayed in my comfort zone, I would have stayed in Boston instead of going to FL as a kid, I would’ve gotten a job in NY or Boston for an insurance company, and had a safe, secure, regular existence. So at least I’m having a litle bit of a tough time in a new place while expanding my horizons, skill set, and comfort zone, rather than secure and wistful of what adventures could have been.

About The Author


Born a New Yorker and raised a New Englander, I always dreamed of going west after college in search of adventure and the outdoors. I found it in my new home in Juneau, Alaska during a year-long volunteer program after graduation. A year came and went, but I wasn't ready to leave the great white north. Four years later and still in Juneau, I decided to take another leap of faith and start Landscapes on the Run: Sustainable Adventure Travel.


  1. Val Kelton

    Some fear is healthy and useful. Keeps you safe. As long as you don’t let it hold you back too much you’ll be fine. Your travels are off to an amazing start and I’ve enjoyed reading about them here. Stepping outside of your comfort zone and taking risks, going on adventures and living your dreams are all admirable traits. I think language barriers are a lot of what keep many people from traveling on their own…it is scary when you can’t communicate! Keep on keeping on. You’ll be speaking like a local soon enough, I’m sure. I’m excited to read about your time in South America! Take care.

    • JKev

      Gracias, Val! I appreciate the words of encouragement.


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