Sailing Away

kels exploring SMALLThings are going to be looking a little different here at 52-weeks. After our initial 52-week journey, the adventure is not only continuing; it’s getting much, MUCH bigger. Join us as we board our new home, a 50 foot Pirate Ship, and sail south to Nicaragua where we will be sharing our passion for travel, great food, and adventure with others from all over the globe!

Before embarking on this new chapter, we had to choose whether we were going to live life on our terms, or let fear decide our fate. It wasn’t an easy decision, but one we’re forever grateful we made…

Joey

“What if this is a mistake? Maybe I’ve taken this whole, ‘make life a grand adventure’ thing too literally this time.” It’s 2am, I’m lying in bed, and the uncertainty ahead has me in a panic. I’m okay taking a risk, even if it ends with everything falling apart- but not with Kels. The memory of attempting to check out of a New Zealand grocery store only to discover I was completely out of money and no way to find dinner for my love is still fresh.

Just then, as though I were looking in on my life through the cold window above, I see it: I’m on the ledge. I’m at a pivotal moment in my life, and I can either make a decision based on fear, or courage. My heartbeat quickens as my favorite quote echoes in my head, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

stupid sunset SMALLI won’t let my life be dictated by fear- let’s make the leap. Let’s learn new languages. Taste new food. See new places. Meet new people. Work hard, but work smart.

A little over a year ago I was coaching tennis in Asia while also running 52-weeks.net. It was an amazing experience, but I was working 12+ hours a day on court, 6 days a week, leaving very little room for life away from work. Although I only had one day off a week, we traveled as often as we could, and managed to explore a good deal of Southeast Asia. Kelsey had moved for me, so when the year was up, I was ready for her to pursue her dream in broadcast journalism- and we moved to Oregon.

But now, we are pursuing OUR dream.

We’re casting off the bowlines and sailing away from safe harbor, renovating a 50-foot wood sailboat (The Pirate Ship), and chartering it in Central America via the company I’ve created, Two Guys Adventures.

It’s wild. It’s unorthodox. To many it’s reckless. And for us, it’s perfect. If there’s one thing I refuse to do, it’s turn down an incredible opportunity when it presents itself because I’m too scared to take a chance. Yes it would be safe to stay where we are, but what would we be doing? After talking it through, it was clear all we’d be doing was waiting. Waiting for something better. Waiting for that next adventure to reveal itself. WAITING for life to start.

We’re done waiting, and we’re living life on our own terms. Signing off from The Pirate Ship- I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

Kelsey

You’re LIVE in… 3, 2, 1

Those sweet, exciting, terrifying words won’t be whispered into my earpiece anytime soon. My “dream job” of being a TV News Reporter/Anchor is over… for now. To say I worked extremely hard to break into that competitive field and end up on air with NBC would be an understatement. It was my DREAM JOB. I would’ve done just about anything to get it. I would’ve woken up at 3:00am for a phone interview; I’d have promised my new boss I’d be on a plane days later; I would even have purchased an entirely new wardrobe to prepare me for the shock of leaving Singapore to start a life in The Pacific Northwest…. and that’s exactly what I did.

Fast forward a year and a half and you’ll find me here, starring at a computer screen on a sailboat in San Diego. So, dreams change. It’s true. It was a week ago today when I signed off to viewers for the last time, hugged my incredible coworkers goodbye, packed up my car and headed south. Right now there are more questions than answers, but my husband and I have chosen a life of adventure. We’re fixing up an old sailboat and catching wind to Central America… never mind I know as much about sailing as I do Mars. Journalism will still be a part of my life, only this time around I get to chase the stories that matter to me, and I have more time to bring them to life. We’re also building a company where we’ll get to share our passion for travel and exploration with others.

It’s a scary thought not knowing what lies ahead. Adventure for sure, failure? Possibly. One thing is for sure; this leap of faith into the unknown will give us one hell of a story at least.

beach view SMALLI found this quote the other day- I have no idea where it’s from, but it’s my inspiration for the week.

“People with interesting lives have no vanity. They swap cities. Invest in projects with no guarantee. Are interested in people who are opposite of them. Resign without having another job in sight. Accepts invitations to do what they’ve never done. Are prepared to change their favorite color, their favorite dish. They start from zero countless times. They are not frightened by getting old. They climb on stage, shear their hair, do craziness for love, purchase one-way tickets.”

Here’s to making life one grand adventure. On to the next.

3 comments

  1. Good for you guys, live life like there’s no tomorrow!! Good luck, be safe and most of all have fun!!!! We love you guys!!

  2. Thanks Elaine! I was just telling Kelsey how I want to make an adventure happen with you guys one of these days. No fair that Kels had been hiding such a kickass side of the family away till now! -Joey

  3. Thanks Elaine! We love you two and hope to be sharing some adventures in the future!

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