I’ve been so consumed with living out each day, I didn’t even realize how much I’ve been traveling until I sat down to organize all my photos. There’s always something so calming about taking a moment to reflect and remember that we’re all on this amazing journey.
Here’s to kaleidoscope days that constantly change, daily mindfulness, and a small homage to travel essentials that make a world of a difference.
Noun. A constantly changing pattern or sequence of objects or elements.
My carry-on essentials: Noise-cancelling headphones, phone, small accessory (my mom’s tiny clock necklace), notebook, pen, and a book.
Because I have to carry-on my laptop and heavy camera gear on most flights, I tend to keep everything else extra simple. And even still, I feel like I’m always lugging a bag of bricks!
One informal policy I have is not bringing work on the plane. I tend to doze off during takeoff, and when/if I’m awake, I prefer reading or taking phone photos out the plane window (never gets old!).
[ Small Accessories ]
Turquois Kaleidoscope necklace from here.
I don’t wear a ton of jewelry aside from the ring that always stays on and one or two pairs of my go-to earrings. But I really love collecting simple necklaces on my travels, like the one my mom gave me with a tiny working clock.
I’m pretty much in love with the tiny kaleidoscope necklace, that really actually work! I discovered UncommonGoods over last holiday shopping season. As a lover of handmade things, I appreciate that I can support handmade crafts without the overwhelming possibilities of Etsy. Plus, they are based out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, which is very cool in my book. You can see more items here.
[ Book & Journal ]
On my recent trip to Korea, I received a copy of “Half Farmer, Half X” by Naoki Shiomi as a gift. I’ve been reading it leisurely, keeping it in my backpack rather than on a bookshelf.
“Half-farmer, half-X” refers to “a healthy and sustainable lifestyle with a touch of farming, whereby you can apply your talents to and share the things that you love with the rest of the world.”
The main idea is to spend some of your time growing some of your own food and some of your time working on “X”–discovering/pursuing that something special that you are passionate about, which helps to earn money for your other needs. It’s not always a perfect balance and not necessarily a self-sufficient food source, but helps lead to a different style of life.
I am not sure the book exists in English, but you can read more about here.
They say the hardest thing is to simply start. So here’s my journey to “Half-farmer, half-X” and my humble backyard produce garden:
Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster, “kaleidoscope” is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), “beautiful, beauty”, εἶδος (eidos), “that which is seen: form, shape” and σκοπέω (skopeō), “to look to, to examine”, hence “observation of beautiful forms.”