The Fresh Exchange Blog



image via: Oh, Pioneer  type by: Megan Gilger 

Preparing for our trip on Monday has been busy, and though between client emails, tying up projects, and preparing to disappear from the regular office hours for the next 2 months. It is crazy and at times exciting and scary. I think of the amount of time I spend in my office and think the next few months will be spent wandering from cafe to cafe with my laptop in hand and working in places I have never been before. While taking daily trips and adventures in between emails and planning for our shoot for Asbury.

This last year of traveling has shown me so much about myself and this trip feels to be coming at the perfect time. Last weekend I began packing my bag and limited my life down to fit in to 2 carry ons for the next 2 months. This was a serious challenge for me, but am already loving this idea. Thinking of needing less is making me realize even more so that experience is more powerful than things. I have always known this but the power of this idea has been most real even this early on in this trip.

The other thing I am already learning is the value of an adventure. I say adventure with a different definition than experience as experience can happen just walking out your front door…it is not chosen for you, but an adventure happens by choice. Adventure is a mental state we prepare ourselves to have. As often as we may say that these moments are unplanned they are typically not. We must make plans and prepare ourselves on various levels for any adventure. The mental preparation is as important as the gathering of items and people you need to make it possible. But what I find the most invigorating about taking adventures is the coming home. The ending. I find it more important than the beginning. This is the time you look back through it all whether mental thoughts, pictures, or notes you gathered on your travels. You remember who you were before you left and define who you are after. This is what adventure is for. It lets us know where we belong and who we are becoming.

Adventures are as important to developing yourself creatively as learning photoshop or taking a class on drawing. The understanding of yourself is not found sitting by a computer all day, but in the current of life and taking it all on head first with the mindset it is going to be an adventure.

Now this does not mean you need to find a way to go galavanting around Europe, but it does mean go camping, hike, get lost in a city near you, take a day trip. Find a new way to challenge yourself beyond just the everyday process of creating. There you will discover something new. Something you never knew about yourself. You will find you are right where you belong.


Leave a comment

  1. Beautiful post! Thanks for this. I needed to read it.

  2. Adventure and the unknown are what keep me going on the daily. You are going to have a spectacular time! Learn and see all the new things you can!!!

  3. Beautiful words. I think too many people are caught up in checking email and sitting at the computer day after day. Rinse and repeat.

    My best ideas always come when I’m out exploring my city or taking a class. I’m currently taking archery lessens and I’ve noticed that I’m much more inspired to create after I’ve been away from my studio for a while.

  4. So cool! I love that!

  5. Megan

    Such a great post! I agree with the adventure aspect. I think adventures can be a more fun way to learn than through a formal education. It’s great for creative juices and growing as a person 🙂
    I hope Paris treats you well! Going there is on my bucket list!

  6. i’ve been looking for some adventure in my life lately and this post is exactly what i needed to read! i keep thinking that in order to experience adventure, i need to get out of the state an go someplace new. thank you for bringing to light that adventure can happen anywhere, so long as we’re mentally prepared for it. 😉

    i can’t wait to read all about your trip!!

  7. ‘Adventure is a mental state’ – so very true. I really don’t think you can underestimate the value of moving your body somewhere new with the intention of coaxing your mind to follow.
    I cannot wait ’til my next adventure, and I hope you get a lot from yours 🙂

  8. I love this post megan. It’s all so true! Plus life is too short to lose out on the opportunity for adventure! Especially the spontaneous ones, those are the best!

  9. A very inspiring post and one I certainly needed to read today. Thank you 🙂

  10. true words lady!

  11. You are so welcome!!!

  12. This is so beautifully written. I am totally inspired!

  13. Just stumbled upon your blog. New follower!

  14. Yes, I’m very VERY behind in my Feedly reader, but I just have to tell you how much I LOVED this post. This is something that I feel strongly about too and your description is perfect. You’re a great writer. xo

  15. I’m dying to know what fonts you used on that photo. Any chance you’d be able to tell me?

  16. Hey Megan! Thanks for loving on them. All the type is hand lettered by me. The fonts are not available anywhere as I don’t sell the fonts I create. Sorry to not be of more help

  17. […] I’ve recently refurbished A Silly Muse and decided to start this little blog over. From scratch. I decided this recently, upon the New Year. Trying to reorganize and begin anew, I thought it best if I just rebooted the blog after some overhauling and rethinking. It’s hard to completely revamp something that is already existent, so I thought it best if I just gave you all something consistent to look at and read. I will of course, pull up previously written posts that I think have a place here and if you ever find yourself wanting to revisit the old content, you can find it here. I hope you enjoy the new blog, and I’m eager to share the things that make me happy (and hopefully you, too)! From fashion, lifestyle, puppies, crafts, foods, film, and anything else that I find pleasing, I will be sure to share with you. Thank you for sticking around, as always, I’m forever indebted to your faithful readership. Of course, many welcomes and hugs to new readers as well. (image via The Fresh Exchange) […]

  18. […] Image via: Oh, Pioneer type by: Megan Gilger […]

  19. Love your beautiful words!
    Thank you

What Are You Searching For?