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    truthful and straightforward; frank.

    synonyms: frank, outspoken, forthright, blunt, open, honest, truthful, sincere, direct, plain-spoken, straightforward, ingenious, bluff;

Being brave.  Following my path.  Following my calling.  Following my detour.  Whatever you want to call it.  I'm doing it one step at a time.  The other part of this journey is I'm finding my tribe, surrounding myself with like-minded people.

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I'm seven chapters into Lindsay McKenzie's book Follow Your Detour, about the halfway mark of the book.  I'm no speed reader, and I'm reading about 20 minutes a day while I walk on the elliptical.  Lindsay is very open and raw with how they got to be the fulltime RVers they are today, but it's about more than that.  It's about the pain, the fear, the healing and the leep of faith they had to take to follow their detour.

This read came along at just the right point in my life.  While the plan of traveling fulltime is in our future, we're not quite there yet. That's a post for another time.  This book is about so much more than just being brave enough to take the leap and travel fulltime.  Lindsay's book is changing my view of the "no's" in my life and looking at the "signs" that have gotten me here and encouraging me to keep going.

My biggest take away quote, this far, comes from chapter seven - "fear is nothing more than lies I tell myself because of my insecurities and uncertainties with the unknown."  Wow!  What a gut punch that is to the fear in our minds and our hearts.

Side note, if Bible quotes bother you then this isn't the book for you.  While the quotes aren't excessive or the focus of the book, Lindsay talks very openly about her faith. 

So, what exactly is my current detour? For me, it's building my creative life.  I'm talking about building a life I don't feel the need to shut off and hide from.  I'm talking about investing in my own pursuit of my own goals rather than someone else's.

Most days I enjoy what I do in my day job, but I don't want to do it forever.  I like seeing other people succeed and knowing I helped.  However, I can't keep doing a job that never truly shuts off and won't stay at the office.  I can't continue to give from a well that is constantly being emptied and refills way too slowly.  I care too much and it's time I start caring too much about what I have a desire to do, following my detour.

This book encourages you to stop looking at the no's in your life as roadblocks and start looking for the detour you're meant to take.  Keep going, go find your detour.  Tackle your fear and heal your pain.