Sitting at the airport waiting for our flight out of this frozen state.. a moment of reflection is important. 

2015 was a busy year. Starting Old Saw Media on top of our full time jobs wasn't easy. It took sacrifice and put a strain on many personal relationships, including our own at times. The time it took to get a business off the ground occupied almost all of our free time. Very often we had to turn down invitations to grab beers with friends or miss a family event. Learning to find the balance between starting a business and keeping up with our personal lives was a necessary and humbling process, and every day we’re still learning. Through it all we created a business that has opened more doors for us than we could have hoped in the first year. The love and support of our family and friends kept us from getting discouraged along the way. We couldn’t have pulled this off without their patience and understanding of what we’re trying to do. We too can now take a step back and look at the past year and better understand what it all means.

A lot has gone into our decision making process to take our trip. A very grey area made up of business and personal reasons brought us to this idea we had to leave our jobs, move out of our apartment, and experience something completely new; something to shock our systems.

Almost all of our gear for the trip. We both are carrying a 70 liter backpack. (Photo taken with iPhone 6)

Almost all of our gear for the trip. We both are carrying a 70 liter backpack. (Photo taken with iPhone 6)

So many of us have been programmed to measure our success by the “things” we have. We fall under the illusion that having more things will somehow make us happier people. But at what point does the scale tip, and more things make us less happy? None of us know when our time is up, but we continuously sacrifice our time for more material things. How many times do we have to hear people say, “Life just flew by,” before we more closely examine what that means or why our time seems to just disappear? Our theory is that it’s the routine of it all. That’s what makes time slip through our fingers. As adults, our tolerance for taking risks takes a rapid decline and “playing it safe” starts to become expected of us. When was the last time you took time out of your day to do something you love? When was the last time you took up a new hobby or did something that scared you? These are the things that wake us up and reestablish awareness of what surrounds us.

We’re all guilty falling into routines and giving into pressures. We all get to make decisions of how we break free from our own revolving door. For us, it was this trip. Meeting new people and seeing a new place every day, doing something fundamentally different from our every day life is how we are going to change our own lives moving forward. We hope that traveling through South America and being a part of other people’s stories will help us write ours.

At the airport, leaving Minneapolis. January 3rd, 2016.

At the airport, leaving Minneapolis. January 3rd, 2016.

We deeply believe that something positive will be added to every corner of our lives from stepping away from familiarity for a while. And the negative things that are bound to happen along the way… those have value too. 

2016 is a new year and a new beginning. No matter what stage of life you're in, always remember that you’re in control and we all get to decide what our days look like. It doesn’t have to be drastic, small changes add up too. May we all have the courage to continue to reflect on our lives and make positive changes to promote happiness.

What’s going to make you happier in 2016?

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