different life stories

How to Be a Solo-Female Hiker: Put One Foot in Front of the Other

How to Be a Solo-Female Hiker: Put One Foot in Front of the Other

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes is sharing how people are living differently right now in the real world.

Enter Hayley Turner (a.k.a. Little Foot):

Littlefoot Hiking

I can still remember everything about that day, from waking up and walking 12 miles by noon, the dogs that I played with in the ride I hitched to Lone Pine, the coffee shop I found, the couch I sank into surrounded by wires as I charged my phone and portable chargers, to finally making the phone call that would change my life. I never wanted to be a solo-female hiker. Some may argue that I even did everything to avoid it. Somewhere in my walk in life I grew to really love my security blankets. I would only push my limits as long as I knew I had something to fall back on. But there I was, sitting in a coffee shop covered in dirt and having just quit my job, broken my year lease and broken up with my boyfriend of two-and-a-half years who was also my best friend. I was alone: No one to tell me everything will be ok, no one to get reassurance from, just me. Continue reading →

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When Not Everything Goes as Planned, It Still Goes: A Story About Finding Your Passion

When Not Everything Goes as Planned, It Still Goes: A Story About Finding Your Passion

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes is sharing how people are living differently right now in the real world.

Enter Jen:

As a kid, I was told that I was lucky that I already knew what I wanted to do with my life. From age four, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian for pets and that I wanted to study at the University of Guelph.

By my sophomore year in college, I had second thoughts. The classes in my program were attractive, because they were about animals, but each physiology course soon bored me. I was frustrated, unhappy and no longer dreamt of owning my own clinic. It still wasn’t until my roommate at the time asked me, “Why are you even in this program?” that I realized I needed to find a new path. Continue reading →

Posted by Jen Perrin in Articles, Learn Obsessively, Stories, 0 comments
Stealing Second Base: From Side Gig to Self Employed Full Time

Stealing Second Base: From Side Gig to Self Employed Full Time

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes is sharing how people are living differently right now in the real world.

Enter Katherine Stimson:

“You can’t steal second base with one foot still on first.”

Katherine Stimson

In the spring of 2010, a Facebook ad posted by a total stranger caught my attention: Dallas Artist Mastermind Group at Buzzbrews Kitchen. Led by Dallas/Los Angeles photographer Michael Jackson, the mastermind group of artists, photographers, musicians, playwrights, etc. met weekly that spring. We shared ideas for marketing, branding, and self promotion, and, more importantly, how to get out of the “9-5 day job” pace of life. How could we (and I) earn a full-time income from our chosen art or arts-related career, on our own terms? What would that life look like?

One week, PR/marketing guru Jeff Crilley joined the group as a guest speaker. He told us about his journey from a full-time gig anchoring TV news; to anchoring TV news, writing a book, and juggling book promotion; to walking away from the TV news world to found his own PR firm.  One sentence of the evening stuck with me:

You can’t steal second base with one foot still on first.

Literally: WHAT is the point you decide to take a risk, get both feet fully off first base, in order to get to the next phase of your life? Continue reading →

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Becoming a conqueror: Facing your deepest fears. #DifferentLifeStories

Becoming a conqueror: Facing your deepest fears. #DifferentLifeStories

Welcome to #DifferentLifeStories, where Without Boxes is sharing how people are living differently right now in the real world. Enter Emily:

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My life has turned out in a way I never pictured and that no one ever saw for me.

I spent the first 19 years of my life sitting in front of a TV dreaming. I would watch people live their lives and believe that the things they did would happen when I was older and without me needing to actually get up and do things. I was always just waiting for life to happen so much so that when I graduated from high school I hadn’t even applied to college or thought about what I wanted to do. I ended up at a community college and in my first apartment alone and scared. I could barely leave the place.

It would take me two hours to work up the nerve to go to the grocery store.

Suffice to say, I had deep rooted problems from being allowed to do nothing while growing up. Continue reading →

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Detouring around life’s snags and ruts

I am scared and have been since I was a kid. Fear of new things, people and, most of all, the things people say about me. It’s disturbing that the sayings I remember most are from when I was fairly young. Such as the fact I needed to smile more, that I was selfish and loved only myself, that being vegetarian, now vegan, was harmful to my health. Continue reading →

Posted by Kat Franchino in Articles, 0 comments
I Will Not Wallow: Whales, Baked Goods, and Peru

I Will Not Wallow: Whales, Baked Goods, and Peru

My name is Kat. I think I look a little bit like a librarian. Most people think I look a little bit like a 16 year old. Or, in one particular instance, a middle school student.
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I really like overalls and wearing multiple plaid shirts. At once. Also, I think this post suggests my life is really exciting, but 97% of the time, I’m actually a homebody.

Continue reading →

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A Few Words on Existence and the Onward March of Time

A Few Words on Existence and the Onward March of Time

I am tucked away in the corner of a coffee shop: observing, thinking, writing.

I don’t know how many times they’ll let me get away with starting my stories this way. It seems to begin here most days.

It used to be a café and bakery in the early hours before work. Over the weekend it was the popular chain near the house by the theater. Then came the road trip and it was anywhere I could find with free wi-fi and decent refill prices. After that it was a new city, a new café that never closed, and I could write through most of the night before realizing how long I’d been there.

The inevitability of this scene is probably the most consistent part of my life:

Hunched over a keyboard, squinting at a screen, desperately trying to communicate all of the ideas and words and stories bursting inside of my skull, clawing at the notion I can change someone’s life with my words. Continue reading →

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An Origin Story: How I Quit My Job, Saw America, and Became My Own Role Model

An Origin Story: How I Quit My Job, Saw America, and Became My Own Role Model

Every badass character has an interesting backstory. I started this blog to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a superhero, pirate, ninja, international spy, etc… so, here’s where it all began.


“We should just get out of here, you know?” I said, half jokingly. “Run away. Go on an adventure.” The steering wheel seemed to tingle beneath my fingers as I said it.

My girlfriend Rachel gazed wistfully out of the windshield in the darkness. She sighed in agreement. She was back at Subway after graduating college, I was working under poor management in an office job. I was under-appreciated and overworked. It always felt like management was suspicious of me – what of, I’m not sure.

It was no way to live, really.

But the seed was planted. The idea that I could live free from the shackles of a normal job an average life tugged at me. I hated normal. Normal really sucked these days. Continue reading →

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