A BRIEF intermission: Month Three … I blame my blog and Twitter

Written by on June 7, 2010 in 30 Life Crisis, Blog, Travel - 14 Comments

Today is Monday, June 7. Today marks the completion of Month Three of my travels.

It’s been a wild and crazy ride so far. I have journeyed to: London; Dublin and Galway, Ireland; Madrid; Valdelavilla, Spain; back to Madrid; Monfrague, Spain; Budapest; Brasov and Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Krakow; Prague; Berlin; Amsterdam; back to Madrid; Merida, Spain; Lisbon; Lagos and Faro, Portugal; San Ambrosio, Spain; and now … Rwanda. To sum up the experience thus far as amazing sells my adventure completely short. I don’t think any words can come close  to the moments I have had, the people I have met, the places I have seen, the lifetime friends I have made.

And you know what?

I owe it all to the following:  my parents, my blog and Twitter.

It’s funny … for years I have been searching for something … and I never knew what.

There were plenty of times in my 20s when I would talk to my mom and say: I wish I could meet people I shared something that could truly bond us.

She would always say the same thing: “D … you need to find a hobby … find like-minded people, and then the friendships, the connections, they will flourish.”

I would always fight back and tell her the only hobby I had was writing and I had no clue how I could turn that passion into a friendship with others.
I never understood … until I returned from Croatia. Then, one night, after I had realized I wanted more to my life than what I had, I was recounting my experiences in that amazing country and something happened.

I wrote it down.

More specifically, I started a blog.

It was my second attempt at a blog. The first one I started I only kept up with at irregular intervals and often struggled to get my point across … I had no direction, no idea of what I wanted to really write about.

But, this time … there was something different.

Something clicked.

I suddenly knew I wanted to tell my story. Even if people didn’t want to read it, I wanted to write it. That night, a work night, I got up out of my bed, grabbed my laptop, and wrote my first blog post. And, started my personal Twitter page.

And, then everything fell into place. I began to meet people who liked to travel. Who liked to write. Within a few weeks, people had started to read what I had to write. They started to follow me on Twitter.

Like “Field of Dreams” and the infamous quote “If you build it, they will come,”  all of the sudden people were coming, to read what I had to write.

I had found my niche.

The days I felt empty and frustrated because of my work, I simply could turn to Twitter or write, and instantly, I felt better. The new community I had took away some of my unhappy and left me feeling inspired, feeling good about who I was and the new direction I wanted to take with my life.

When I hit my lowest point, the day I finally admitted to my family and friends I was absolutely miserable in the life I was living in Atlanta, it wasn’t nearly as hard — I had my parents,  a family on Twitter, an army of readers on my blog, who supported me … who told me everything would work out.

Then, it became a quest. I had to continue traveling if I wanted to continue writing. I had met so many wonderful people on-line (and you know exactly who you all are) … and then I was writing more, booking travel, quitting my job …

So, today … I want to admit this:

Mom, you were exactly right.

Find your passion, your hobby, and you will meet friends. And, since I have begun this wild and crazy adventure eight months ago, I have found exactly what it is that moves me, that lights a fire in my heart — writing and traveling.

Fortunately, there are so many people out there with the same fire, the same passion.

It is because of my parents encouragement, my blog and Twitter I have met friends I never imagined would be in my life … people whose paths crossed mine because of our love of travel and writing. It is because of my discovery of my passion/hobby (which was always in me but never truly tapped until recently) I am here today. In Rwanda. Living a life I could  only have dreamed of less than a year ago.

So, thank you to the blogger community. Thank you to my Twitter family. Thank you to my parents for always pushing me to find what truly ignited my spirit. I am here today because of all of you and have never felt more blessed in my entire life.

Proost. Salud. Salude. DooSahnGeeRay.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is a travel writer and expat currently residing in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In 2010 she quit her job in PR to go on a solo backpacking adventure and tackle her 30-Life-Crisis. After seven months abroad, journeying throughout Europe and Africa, she returned to America and relocated to Las Vegas. Following a year-long stint back in PR, she once again quit her job to follow her dreams; this time her journey took her to the elephants and Elephant Nature Park where she is involved with raising awareness about responsible elephant tourism. Recently, Diana was named a finalist in the Destinology Travel Bloggy Awards for travel writing. She has been a regular contributor to Viator and recently served as the Las Vegas contributor for OneTravel.com and CheapOair.com. Her work has appeared in print and online, including The Huffington Post, Matador Network, Travel + Escape, Vegas Seven, World Nomads and more.

14 Comments on "A BRIEF intermission: Month Three … I blame my blog and Twitter"

  1. Stephanie June 7, 2010 at 8:31 am · Reply

    Thank YOU for being such a large part of my twitter family! It is so amazing and inspiring to be able to connect with people on the same wavelength. Being involved in the online travel community has been more rewarding than I could ever have dreamed.

    • dtravelsround June 7, 2010 at 10:25 am · Reply

      You were one of my first Twitter family members. I was thinking of you when I was writing about the support I received. :)

  2. Stephanie June 7, 2010 at 8:31 am · Reply

    Thank YOU for being such a large part of my twitter family! It is so amazing and inspiring to be able to connect with people on the same wavelength. Being involved in the online travel community has been more rewarding than I could ever have dreamed.

  3. Cailin June 7, 2010 at 8:56 am · Reply

    I am/was exactly in that same point of my life too! I just haven’t been able to quit the job thing yet. Since I do freelance work I technically only work for no longer than 3 months at a time. But not knowing when the next cheque is coming in or when is a good time to save, because when will my next job end is hard! Hopefully soon though I’ll be able to live the life like you !! :)
    I agree with Steph – thanks to you both for being part of my twitter family! haha

    • dtravelsround June 7, 2010 at 10:26 am · Reply

      Thank you for being a part of my family!

  4. Meg June 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm · Reply

    I want a Twitter family!

  5. Dave June 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm · Reply

    I know exactly how you feel! When I was traveling in 2008 I wondered how I could turn that experience into a job. How could I get paid to do what I loved?

    Now, thanks to blogging, I’m doing just that and it’s enabling me (slowly) to have a lifestyle I desire. Pretty incredible!

    • dtravelsround June 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm · Reply

      Dave, you are an inspiration. :) I am so glad you are able to do what you love. I hope I can do the same.

  6. Cherie June 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm · Reply

    I loved, loved this article! What you said was so true, and I am in the exact same boat right now. I am relatively new to the blogger/twitter family. So I am still trying to find my voice in blogging, and figuring out everything else. But, I will say this, I am so grateful that I met you guys, you all continue to inspire me and remind me that this is why I love what I do. I agree with everyone on this message board (you guys rock!) I read this, and I also felt relieved. I am not the only one that feels this way, and it just motivates me to get out there and live the dream! Thank you for reassuring me, and I know that it will work out in the end. Just gotta keep moving, and writing!
    PS. I have been following the #Rwandatrip on twitter. It sounds amazing! I hope you had a wonderful time! :)
    Thank goodness for the internet, and Twitter! :P

    Cherie

    • dtravelsround June 14, 2010 at 3:10 am · Reply

      Thank you so much for the note, Cherie. I am a big advocate of living your dreams. And yes, thank goodness for the internet and Twitter. And the people you meet along the way …

  7. Jen June 9, 2010 at 11:19 am · Reply

    I don’t know you at all but what you’re saying hits home like a cement wall. You’ve found that thing that we all wander about aimlessly searching for. How blessed you are. So happy for you!

  8. Gerard ~ GQ trippin December 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm · Reply

    Agreed about the blog and twitter. My GF & I thought our travel blog would just be for our friends & family, but it’s turned out to be so MUCH more. Can’t believe how many connections virtually and in-person through social media. Maybe we’ll bump into you too during our travels next year. =)

    • The Adventures of D December 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm · Reply

      It really is an amazing thing. Some of my closest friends have come through the travel blogging world. While we have our differences from time-to-time, in general the community is so supportive and wonderful. Being involved in Twitter and my blog has led to my life changing entirely. I am so blessed. I do hope we bump into each other next year! Stay in touch and we’ll see where our travels take us!

Leave a Comment

x