Living out of a suitcase is a different experience, that’s for sure. It’s a whole new learning curve for me considering I’ve lived in Michigan my whole life and have never had to experience anything even remotely close to traveling back to back for months at a time. Needless to say, I’ve learned a lot over this short period of time and will take what I’ve learned into my life after consulting.
GAINING A LARGER SENSE OF INDEPENDENCE |
My job is a bit strange because I’m always around people, but have moments where I’m completely alone and forced to be very independent. I’ve been taking lots of walks alone where I’ll make time to call friends and family so it doesn’t feel like I’m too alone. Squeezing in time to talk to friends and family is very important to me and I don’t always have the time or availability to do so. I’ve always been pretty independent, but never to the point where I’ll go on walks alone or go out to eat alone and such so this job is forcing me to become comfortable with that.
LEARNING TO BE STRATEGIC WITH TIME |
I don’t have as much free time as I’m used to so when I do, I’m very strategic with what I’m doing with my time. I try to squeeze in time to explore a location I’m in while also finding time to do laundry and having down time to relax and watch Netflix and such.
GETTING COMFORTABLE WITH BEING UNCOMFORTABLE |
With traveling to so many new places and interacting with so many different types of women and groups of people, I’ve had to become comfortable with being uncomfortable sometimes. I’ve been very fortunate in the sense that every chapter I’ve visited so far has been beyond welcoming and easy to talk to, but it’s still a strange thing to always be talking to strangers and staying in new places. That’s definitely been a learning curve but I’ve adjusted to this new normal very quickly.
UTILIZING MY RESOURCES/ASKING FOR WHAT I NEED & WANT |
Because I no longer have a car I can utilize and I’m always relying on people, I’ve had to utilize my resources a lot more and ask for things I need and want. If there’s a store within walking distance, I’ll find time to go, but this is not always the case, so I’ll have to ask to be taken somewhere which the independence in me doesn’t love, but I’m forced to ask or I’ll go without what I need.
CREATING A MINIMALISTIC BEHAVIOR |
I am obviously having to be very particular about what I pack and be very minimalistic. Living out of my suitcase has taught me to bring and utilize pieces that are interchangeable and easily packable. I also can’t bring many makeup products or toiletry products, so only bringing and finding the necessities has made me more minimalistic.