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Redhead Writing Christmas

I have no idea WHAT this is, but I found it on CreativeCommons.org

One redhead, one Mini Cooper, two dogs, two cats and two bikes. On Monday morning, December 27, 2010, we all roll out for a month and a half of pretty unknown adventure. My lease was up here in Denver so I couldn’t think of a better time to take it on the road and skip out on a rent payment for a few months. That’s the beauty of being Redhead Writing – I can be her from anywhere there’s an internet connection.

And it’s time for me to reconsider what matters.

If I can’t fit it into/on top of a Mini Cooper, does it matter? A 16-foot POD sitting in front of my house might beg to differ, but I’m curious as to what the answer will be. And today, the day before Christmas, I’ll tell you what’s on my mind about what matters:

  • Calling my family on Christmas since I won’t be going home this year.
  • Seeing Jason’s family and friends next week as I visit Iowa and continue to celebrate his life.
  • Spending time with one of my best friends and her new husband in LA in January as they anxiously await the arrival of their first baby. I could get to see a baby being born – OMFG, I have a FlipCam.
  • Riding my bike in LA, up the coast. On the track down in Carson. Working with a coach who accepts no excuses. Feeling sea air on my face as I pedal.
  • Yoga. As many mornings as I can muster.
  • Embracing ambiguity and knowing four walls don’t define me.
  • Crashing my friend Merredith’s house on Christmas (they offer most excellent holiday shelter for geographic orphans).
  • Being a better friend, becoming a better business owner.
  • Embracing each day that it’s not about what you have but what you give…and give without thinking.
  • Writing, because I must. When your inside asks to be outside, it’s often not asking nicely. Honoring your Inner makes you a better Outer.

As Redhead Writing is closing at noon today, I have some work to do. And I’ll leave you with a few reminders that I know to be true:

  • Stop spending. Anyone who measures love or worth by the price of your present doesn’t deserve your present.
  • Stop cooking. There will be enough. There always is (and you know it).
  • Stop moving. If you watch nothing else today, watch this TEDx presentation from Scott Stratten. We move too much. Be still.
  • Stop yelling.
  • Smile. And mean it. Stop it with those disingenuous crappy smirks.
  • Hold the people you love (and grow a pair – say “I love you”)
  • Set a place at the table for those who couldn’t be there with you this year. They’ll see it and think you’re a fucking idiot, but you’re going to have extra yams anyways. Screw it.
  • Breathe. There’s nothing so important in this life that we can’t stop to take in air.
  • The unexpected is riddled with bliss. Give it a reacharound. You’ll thank me later.

Happy Halloweenikwanzihannukimas. Now quit reading my blog and go do something important.

24 comments
Ricardo Bueno
Ricardo Bueno

Re: "Embracing each day that it’s not about what you have but what you give…and give without thinking." This past year I've changed my mindset to: Seek to be helpful, first (and always). Give all that you have (and more) without thinking. Sometimes, people don't appreciate it. Those people suck. But I feel good. And I love it the moments when someone appreciates all that you stand for and all that you do.

The Redhead
The Redhead

"And I love it the moments when someone appreciates all that you stand for and all that you do." Me, too.

Jim Raffel
Jim Raffel

As my Mom always said...."Drive safe .... or drive fast and get off those darned dangerous roads!" Travel well Erika. I'm more than a little envious of your adventure. :)

The Redhead
The Redhead

I'm excited as well - we'll see what the road holds!

The Redhead
The Redhead

New post will be up tomorrow - enjoy my journey and thanks for being a part of it...

Ken Brand
Ken Brand

Keep us posted, duh. Meanwhile, speed, grace and who-knew adventure. Cheers

The Redhead
The Redhead

Amazing journey so far, and it's only day 2.

Grace Boyle
Grace Boyle

Sounds amazing ! Good luck on your journey and embracing the unknown. I am from Iowa and Des Moines is only a few hours from my hometown. It is filled with some of the warmest people and I know it will be so very special for you. Safe travels and just like my favorite quote from Hunter S. Thompson "Buy the ticket, take the ride."

The Redhead
The Redhead

Bought the ticket - enjoying the ride :) Thank you, Grace.

@RobynBryant
@RobynBryant

Have a rockin Christmas!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Thank you, Robyn - hope you had a lovely holiday as well!

PJ Mullen
PJ Mullen

Stop Spending. No truer words have ever been spoken. I credit my wife with breaking me out of my over the top gifting ways. Now, a card and a homecooked meal are about as fancy as we get in these parts. Happy Halloweenikwanzihannukimas right back at cha and safe travels in the New Year. I hear it is going to be full of "truthiness".

The Redhead
The Redhead

I celebrated a pared-down Christmas this year as well. The most cherished gifts? The ones money can't buy.

Jonathan
Jonathan

Safe travels and have a wonderful holiday season!

Brian Walker
Brian Walker

Hi Erika. I really enjoyed this. It is so easy to get caught up in all the stuff that really doesn't matter around the holidays. Your post certainly puts things into perspective and reminds us to say screw the status quo. I totally envy the next few months you have of being a drifter. Enjoy it!

The Redhead
The Redhead

Drifting is good so far :) Iowa says hello.

TheDudeDean
TheDudeDean

You must be able to bend time and space if you can start your trip on January 27, 2010. I must learn this trick.

The Redhead
The Redhead

Good gravy. I corrected the date, you weenie.

The Redhead
The Redhead

How could I? I'm making a few playlists tomorrow :)

Mike Masin
Mike Masin

Can't wait to read what you write while you're travelling. Look for high-ground with good shelter and clear running water, and keep your firewood dry. Leave a bit of yourself wherever you go, everybody needs an honest slap now and then. m2

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