Don’t be satisfied with stories
How things have gone with others.
Unfold your own myth.
Rumi wrote these words centuries before my wandering heart would find them and realize that they spoke a truth so deep it is hard to see on most days.
The story contained within this blog is a typical one: Girl turns 30. She wonders what she’s doing with her life and why she feels so empty. She walks away from it all, leaving those things that define “her” behind, hoping to find the myth already enfolded within. It’s a story that’s been told thousands of times, but each time with a slightly different voice, a slightly different perspective, a slightly different ending.
This is my story of spending 16 months living out of a backpack, with all of those wonderful things that made my little NY apartment “home”, boxed up and stored away. I of course was looking and hoping for a change, but as I packed that last box, I had no idea the challenges and changes that lay on the path before me. In retrospect it was inevitable.
The adventure contained within these words and photos chronicles travels through many places: the U.S., India, Nepal, Vietnam, Senegal, Tanzania, Rwanda, Costa Rica, Morocco and my own heart. Don’t let the colorful photos fool you – nothing has been as expected, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
My hope is that by keeping this blog up now that my travels have ended, it will inspire someone else to take that leap of faith that leads them closer to their own true joy.
My leap led me to Soulié, a social enterprise that was always residing in my heart and a natural next step once I returned home.
To learn more about Soulié and our mission to preserve craft and create more beauty in the world, check out our website at www.renee-soulie.com. If you love the story, please spread the word. We are a tribe, and only with your help can we grow and do more good.