I’ve been living in Japan for the past 3 months.
It’s been pretty nice.
Somehow I’ve actually managed to communicate with people in Japanese.
And somehow my simple little business keeps managing to chug along.
However, the next month or two are going to be a little bit different…
I’ve been out of the United States for about 5 months now.
It’s been an interesting few months, with a lot of changes on my part.
We’ve been to Thailand, Cambodia, and now we’re currently in Japan.
I guess I could post a bunch of photos of all the famous places we’ve been like Angkor Wat or what have you, but I don’t really see much purpose in that, since the same photos are already all over the internet, taken by people who are much better photographers than me.
Overall, I’ve been through a lot.
I’m writing this from a hotel room in San Francisco the night before leaving for Asia.
2014 was a pretty great year.
My online business started to really take off this year and make some real money. I even got to the point where I could actually start paying myself! (Novel concept, I know!)
There’s no turning back…
Right now I’m getting ready to say good bye to Portland, Oregon.
I’ve lived here for the past four years.
But it’s time to move on and see the world.
Tonight my wife and I will be off to Arizona to spend the holidays with her family. Then we’ll be off to start 2015 in Asia.
First stop, Bangkok.
The past few weeks have been hectic. Packing things up. Moving our stuff out of our apartment and into a storage unit. Getting a PO Box. Setting my online business to run without me for a few weeks, etc.
My friend Robert is also leaving on a big trip soon as well, and he recently wrote about some basics of handling finances while he’s gone. It’s pretty much what I plan to do myself.
I’m getting excited, maybe a little bit scared, but most of all, I’m grateful.
These intense feelings are a sign that I’m truly living life, not just letting it pass me by, and I’m grateful for that.
In a few weeks, I’ll be heading to Thailand.
I don’t plan on restricting myself from enjoying a great cultural experience (like eating delicious foods and drinking Mansome).
However, I’ve also been reading a lot that suggests that our lives would dramatically improve if we cut out coffee, alcohol, sugar, grains, and starches for a month–primarily Jonathan Bailor’s book The Calorie Myth.
My wife and I have actually been loosely following the book for nearly a year (with a “cheat day” once a week or so), but I wanted to know what would happen if I strictly followed what I’d been reading for a month.
No “cheats.” No tastes. No samples. No loopholes.
So, I decided to try this now before I left on our trip just to see what would happen to me.
Plus, I decided to also go to the gym every day for a month. Even though Jonathan Bailor actually recommends working out no more than one or two times a week, it is something that I enjoy (strange enough).
This is what happened…