Veering Off the Beaten Track
Life was good until it wasn’t. Her marriage ended, and she found herself without much more than a Jeep to her name. It wasn’t an easy time. But one change led to another, and another, opening up a road to a different destination. A different way of life. A different dream. She pared down her life, culling it down to the essentials. If it didn’t fit in the Jeep, did she really need it?
Feeling a new kind of freedom, she gassed up and headed south, looking for stories.
“I asked myself, ‘what are you waiting for? Things aren't the same as they were before. That was the chapter of your life running laps around a track really fast. What’s this chapter going to be?’ So, I made another big leap toward another big dream. I left my marketing job to start freelance writing.”
For the record, Morgan does not recommend quitting your job, ditching all your stuff, and leaving town to embark on a whole new life as suddenly as she did. For a while, things were pretty bleak. She got very good at the “dirt-bagging” lifestyle during this period. A lot of beans, nut butter, beer, and beef jerky were involved. She was broke. Dirt broke.
But she was sleeping in and running because she wanted to, not to train. Plus, she was not just visiting the magnificent landscapes of canyon country, but really growing to know them — running them, hiking them, photographing them, even writing the book on them.
No more laps. No more track. No stopwatch required.