Peace Out New Jersey. Welcome to Wanderlust.

There’s been a couple times in my life where I’ve had gut instincts about the “next step”. This started when I was 17 and has now continued until the age of 35.

For example:

17 – Bailed on college and toured in a band

22 – Moved to L.A. to figure shit out

24 – Moved back to NJ to go to school

31 – Proposed to my love

35 – Got divorced (OK this wasn’t my decision)

This takes us to the present day and my gut is telling me to sell 98% of the things I own, get in my car and see what’s next. So that’s what I am doing.

If you’d like to skip the next part of this just scroll down to see how you can help me sell or give away all of my stuff.

I’ve noticed in the past year that I just can’t find true happiness. That might be due to the fact that I still live in the same apartment that I shared with my ex wife. Here’s a tip to anyone out there who is breaking up with someone or getting divorced… Do NOT stay in the same place you both lived in together. This is a very bad idea. In the beginning I thought I was fine but about 7 months in shit started to go downhill.

Depression is not a fun thing. Here’s what happens when you’re depressed:

  • You are constantly tired and all you want to do is crawl up in bed and hide from the world
  • When you wake up all you think about is that you have X amt of hours until you go back to bed
  • You feel like you don’t have a purpose
  • You have no drive
  • Nothing excites you
  • Listening to sad songs while drunk is WAY worse than normal

Some people out there take extreme measures and completely “check out”.

NOOOO THANKS.

I’ve been pretty bad this year but I’m not a bitch who would do something stupid like that. I’m especially not a weak individual who would burn or cut themselves because I felt the world didn’t love me like some piece of shit Dr. that I know of…

NOTE: I get that I have some serious anger towards the fuck who used to be my friend and basically cornered my ex when she let him know she was leaving me to confess his love to her but someday I will let it go. Today is not that day and I hope someone cuts off that stupid ponytail and explains to him what soap is.

I accept that my head is in a dark place at times but I know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. I am typically a happy person and would like to get back to that place. That’s why I am going to do some traveling around the country to figure shit out.

“That’s crazy!” some of you have said. I get it. It’s a bit intense but you would do the same thing if you had nothing holding you back.

“Oh well yeah that’s pretty true.” No fucking shit it’s true.

At the end of the day my business is virtual and I can grow it from anywhere. Plus I think it would benefit me greatly to hang out in some cities where there’s a boom in Startups. They are a pretty good target for me and growing a network around the country is a pretty solid idea.

So where will you go Mike? Well, to start I’m going to head to Austin, TX for a little bit and hit up some cities on the way down. I plan on leaving NJ the first week of March. If you’d like to offer up a couch that would be greatly appreciated. I also plan on using Airbnb and other sites that help with traveling. I’ll probably head up through Cali to Portland Oregon after I get my fill of Austin.

My plan is to document this as well with blogging, videos, photography, etc. I’ve let a piece of myself go lately and forgot how much I love to create. I think this would be pretty cool to look back on when I finally figure out what’s up. I also threw out the idea to create a documentary this summer with my man Fat Tony. The details of that are hush hush.

I am not sure how long I will be gone. Maybe a month, maybe 6, possibly a whole year. Maybe I’ll find a place that I really love to live in. Maybe I will find a new love who will appreciate me and have my back as much as I would theirs. Maybe I will find a second business to grow. Maybe I will become a photographer and tour with bands I love. The sky is the limit. All I know is that I need to feel alive again and this is my way of doing it.

ON THAT NOTE, I need to sell and give away all of my shit in 23 days. Here’s what I have:

paleoRiot Stuff for sale

TO SELL:

  • Tempurpedic bed
  • 46′ Samsung Flat screen 1080p
  • Taylor Made Golf clubs
  • Dresser
  • Night stand
  • American Telecaster Guitar
  • American Jazz Deluxe Bass with active pick ups
  • Dining room table
  • Wine rack
  • Some kind of table that’s against my way which looks really nice
  • Wall wine rack
  • Chairs
  • Dishes from Crate and Barrel
  • Glassware from Crate and Barrel
  • Utensils
  • Mini amp
  • Stereo
  • Humidor that can fit close to 100 cigars
  • Bose speaker with iPod dock
  • Lights
  • Slow cooker
  • Interfit box lights
  • Other stuff

TO GIVE AWAY:

  • Mountain bike with rack to keep it in your apartment
  • Giant fake plant
  • Aloe plant
  • Tons of other stuff

I’m thinking of having an indoor garage sale for friends before I go. I’ll post something on facebook if that’s the case. All I know is that all of this stuff has to go and will be pretty cheap. You can leave comments below if you are interested in anything. I will not ship anything so you will have to be able to pick it up.

I’m pretty stoked and super freaked out at the same time that I am going to technically be homeless in less than a month but it’s kind of invigorating. Like I said in the beginning of this post, I know my gut instinct and it’s telling me to go. So I’m just going to go and see where it leads with no plan of what to expect. I hope you enjoy watching this unfold because I plan on making this epic.

~Mike

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  • Siddharth Misra

    Good luck my friend!!

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  • Caitlyn Aimee Vance

    Just discovered you. This is great. Currently trying to figure out what I want out of life as well. Currently (happily) married, working full time (what a drag), getting my Masters even though I’m in student debt (horrible decisions 101), and looking to somehow create a future that incorporates my creative side, the ability to travel, and be in love with everyday. Trying to find passion.

    • doyleRiot

      Hey! Sorry it took so long to reply. I just got back to NJ after driving 7 days from Portland. Beautiful trip but LONNNNNG.

      As far as passion, here’s a test. If you could only buy 2 magazines what would they be. These would be magazines that you would just zone out in for hours. If they are different then ask yourself if both came to your house at the same time which would you read first. I’ve asked people this over the past 7 months and it’s been pretty effective in them narrowing down what they are truly passionate about.

      Might be a good starting point 🙂

      Feel free to comment more and let me know how the journey goes to figure this out! I love when people find out their purpose in life.

  • haley_jae

    It’s so Bizarre how things happen sometimes…. As I am guessing you know, and other like me who have just “happened Upon” Your site, or page, or whatever you’d call this- (plz forgive me 4 my ignorance of blogging, and internet/social media, etc—kinda new 2 me) But I could not help myself from writtng, which is very out of character for me, but I feel touched, way deep into the pit of my stomach, where it’s hard to even describe with words. But I say a quote, had to google “Wanderlust” to try & find a definition, lol, I know! Anyway, it lead me here, I guess seeing and reading exactly what I was supposed to be in this moment in time. Similar life experinces bring fresh emotion to be from your pain, anger, bitterness and the releasing of it, the finding of joy, again. At least I think I’m on point about that (could be way off, idk..) I’m stuck in the search for my joy again and after reading, I feel hope! THANK YOU for putting it out there, & I wish you safe and mind-blowing adventures on your journey!

    • doyleRiot

      Hey Haley_jae!

      It was quite a journey and I ended up in Raleigh for the time being. I was on the road for 7 months and it was amazing. I’d love to answer any questions you have. Feel free to comment below or just send me an email at mike@paleoriot.com 🙂