Selling all my shit, moving to a beach

Jody Hatton (@xdude) 8 years, 8 months ago

Hello! My name is Jody, and I’ve lived a very boring life.

For the last few years, I’ve set all kinds of goals and steps in between that would help me un-borify things… but none of them really got me fired up.

I’ve decided that the only way I’m going to grow is if I do something radically different than anything I’ve ever done before. To “let go” as fully and completely as I can, and step into a new way of doing life. Take the plunge. See what happens.

I’ve no idea where I’ll be a month from now, two months from now… and six months from now I might be dead — or at least this robotic ego of mine will be, anyway.

It’s terrifying and exciting at the same time.

March 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm
Kosta (27) (@kosta33) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

whats life without a couple leap of faiths?? you’ll only grow from it. best of luck:)

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TheSkaFish (962)M (@theskafish) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@xdude, make sure you have some kind of shelter. Some sun is definitely good for you, but being out in it all day tends to lead to skin disease. Have fun, but take the proper precautions man.

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Nakedape (112) (@nakedape) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

Good luck Jody, I think it is better to live a short life doing what you enjoy then a long life doing what you hate or find boring.

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Alex (345) (@staylucky) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@xdude, I’ll come with ya

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Jody Hatton (88) (@xdude) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

I was at a resort in Nicaragua last month (one of those resorts where they give 30% of their revenue to the local community, and tourists volunteer to help build schools and such). That’s where I’m thinking of going, just for a month at first to try it out.

It’s still “safe” — I’m not really “risking it all” here — but purging all my belongings and moving somewhere new is still definitely outside my comfort zone.

My occupation (freelance web nerd) can give me a tremendous amount of freedom if I simply open myself up to it.

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Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@xdude, very cool man. I just did something similar. I work from home and was living in md with some friends and my gf.

She can travel for her job so we decided to travel the country for a few years. First stop was Florida gulf coast. It’s been a great few months. Next it’s back to md then off to Colorado.

Enjoy the journey my brotha and create great memories.

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Jody Hatton (88) (@xdude) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

That is wonderfully-lovely! I was hoping someone might come by who’s done the same thing and offer some tips/advice/suggestions/wins/losses/joys/challenges.

So far, nobody I’ve talked to has said it’s a bad idea. :)

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Erich Eisenhart (121)C (@eyeslikeskies) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@xdude, You have all my blessings and respect. If you’d like, I can share with you how to put together an ultralight backpack that contains living essentials (water filter, sleeping system, hammock, tools, solar, ect.)

Go for it.

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Anonymous (251) (@) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

This sounds great! Good luck to you!

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

http://www.innerdanceprocess.com/foundation-of-inner-dance-inspired-writing.html

I stayed at this retreat/raw food/yoga/inner dance retreat place for two weeks. Did 6 days on only coconuts. Its possible, its been done. Take care brother!

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@reinvented2012, Where at on the Gulf Coast?

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Anonymous (177) (@) 8 years, 8 months ago ago

@xdude, heck yeah! do it!

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Jody Hatton (88) (@xdude) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

So I started a goofy website/blog to track my progress.

The idea is to enjoy every step of the journey… including the creation of many goofy ads for releasing all my earthly possessions!

http://www.mrfreedom.ca/merch/

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lectra (9) (@lectra) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

I admire what youre doing, I’d like to do something like this after college in 3 years. Good luck and enjoy the ride!

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Jody Hatton (88) (@xdude) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

…AFTER college?

Haven’t you seen Into The Wild? ;)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0758758/

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Glenn (79) (@th3wand3r3r) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@xdude, Good for you man and best of luck! Have you ever seen the movie, Into The Wild?

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Chase (21) (@chaselang19) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@xdude, Good luck brother. Please keep active on HE so all of us can get an idea as to what it is like.

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Jody Hatton (88) (@xdude) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@th3wand3r3r, hehehe! Synchronicity.

@chaselang19, I shall do my best! I post to my blog as often as I can, but visiting HE isn’t as habitual as it should be…

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Glenn (79) (@th3wand3r3r) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@xdude, hahahaha amazing! where do you live that you plan on doing this? I am going to be putting my two weeks in at work tomorrow, out of respect, and then backpacking. I thought about going to Canada and renouncing my citizenship and then wherever I go, I go. I’m surprised that you haven’t received much flak from this idea. If I breathe a word of it, every attacks me and wants me to assimilate. beep boop society 2.0 online.

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Jody Hatton (88) (@xdude) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

hehe, I love it. :)

I’m in Canada. I’m going south to escape the cold. Are you going north to escape the warm?!

So far, only 2 people are resistant: my sister and a high-school friend. Everybody else has been like “YEAH MAN!!!”

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Josh (213) (@reinvented2012) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@lytning91, just saw this, but I’m near Tampa

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Glenn (79) (@th3wand3r3r) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@xdude, Hahaha well what do ya know! I’m only heading up there to renounce my citizenship. You have to be on “foreign” soil.

B. ELEMENTS OF RENUNCIATION

A person wishing to renounce his or her U.S. citizenship must voluntarily and with intent to relinquish U.S. citizenship:

1. appear in person before a U.S. consular or diplomatic officer,
2. in a foreign country (normally at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate); and
3. sign an oath of renunciation

source: http://travel.state.gov/law/citizenship/citizenship_776.html

I’ll probably head back down south or maybe go to Alaska :O. I’ll just have to be sneaky about it since I won’t belong to anywhere. You thinking east or west coast? Hopefully your sister and friend will understand as things progress. There is only so much you can say.

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Jody Hatton (88) (@xdude) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

WELL! That’s pretty serious, man. I mean, the US has its problems, but renouncing them altogether? What gives? :D

I’m open to whatever – Central America, Asia, Australia … though the latter won’t be nearly as inexpensive to live in. I definitely want to keep my citizenship… Canada may be cold but there’s still a few great things about it.

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Glenn (79) (@th3wand3r3r) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@xdude, It doesn’t have to do with the U.S. It’s more of a choice not so much a wanting. I am choosing to renounce my citizenship simply because I do not recognize the U.S. government as being real or any government for that matter. If you were to view the planet from orbit, you wouldn’t see one line showing a border to which country is which. i can go on and on about it haha.

Asia would be pretty awesome! Idk about those cartels in Central America though :x. You could surf and get an awesome accent in Australia! And I’ve only been to Canada once for a few hours. There isn’t much I can really pull from but it was quite nice :)

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@reinvented2012, I’m from Panama City but currently attend UF at Gainesville.

It’s always cool to hear a HEthen is so close. =)

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