A Traveler Contemplating from Denver

Ferrara, Italy

Ferrara, Italy

I think back to this time last year…I was in Denver and getting ready to leave for Europe in a month. At that time I was planning on six months of traveling Europe. My test of working from anywhere and desire for a traveling lifestyle turned into eight life-changing, glorious months of Italy and Spain with some short visits to Switzerland and Portugal. Now I am back in Denver once again…

And I have never felt so wonderfully happy…no words can describe the immense joy!

Tuscan Countryside

Tuscan Countryside

The truth is, I have found myself thinking this almost every day since I started my time traveling this past year. As hard and difficult as some days were, I discovered that I really was happier than ever. I love the experiences that my days traveling were full of and yet I don’t find myself clinging to them or wishing I was back in that particular exact time. Do I miss Spain and Italy and the people sometimes? Yes, I most certainly do! Do I find myself wanting to be back experiencing those beautiful places and people? Of course and I am going to try to be there again sooner than later! Yet at the same time I feel that those people and places are a part of where I am and what I am doing right now, even in Denver. There is a happiness and contentment in allowing myself to be present in the moment and not grasping to relive the past. Perhaps this is what contentment is…not the absence of desiring or taking action, but instead the choice to let go and not stop or slow down the momentum that is being in the present moment.

Oviedo, Spain

Oviedo, Spain

So for now I am Denver-based, yet I feel I have Spain and Italy with me a little bit here. They are places that are a part of me now and I can still enjoy them wherever I am until I again fully experience them in new ways, creating new memories.

Denver, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal