A sister’s journey to inspiration

My sister is 12 years younger than me. She started kindergarten the same time I started college – it was a big two weeks for our parents. Now Megan is a freelance writer living in Washington, DC who spends her days blogging, writing press releases and web content, and managing social media. In fact after years of trying she’s the one that finally convinced me to start this blog!

Last year Jack, Marietta and I spent the whole sweltering summer anchored in the Potomac, just a hop, skip and a jump from both the Jefferson Memorial and her apartment. It was wonderful to have her as a nightly dinner guest. Her call to say “I’m getting on the metro, be there in 10” was our nightly cue to wait five minutes then hop in the dinghy and head to shore to pick her up. Last month we were able to visit Tia Megan in DC again, this time only for a week and arriving by car:

Megan and I are different in many ways: where I gravitate towards solo sports (running, biking, triathlons), she is a full-on team sport person (soccer, rugby, floor hockey). I thrive on ethnic, intriguing foods and she describes her eating choices as the “beige food group,” which to me is anything tasteless that comes in a box and can be cooked in the microwave in six minutes or less.

Honestly though, we have more in common than we do differences. I especially love it that she shares my love of travel, of going and being and doing. When I was 26 like she is now, I set off to backpack around the world for 10 months. My sister isn’t exactly the backpacking type but she has quite the road trip planned.

Megan and her “we share the same brain” friend Cecily, who is as good with pictures as my sister is with words, have managed to combine travel, art and fiction to create a pretty incredible project. Their trip will take them through 15 states, but the true destination is inspiration. No it’s not a blue dot on your iPhone map, it’s a state of being. A moment that stands still in time. A memory that you remember as it happens. Okay, too philosophical?

Here’s the short version: Megan and Cecily are collecting words of inspiration that they will transform into a one-of-a-kind piece of art and fiction while on the road. They will then mail the inspiration back to its true owner in the form of a postcard. Anyone can get involved by supporting their project on Kickstarter. It’s already received over $3,500 worth of funding and there’s still over two weeks left! This website explains it better than I can and you will feel the excitement they have about their project: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/589296080/destination-inspiration.

Now all I’ve got to do is come up with the perfect word to stump her…

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About Oh, the Places We've Been!

In 2008 I married Jack, the love of my life and the only man that could ever keep up with me. Instead of the nice little French Colonial with a white picket fence, we opted to make our home on the 46-foot catamaran "Let it Be". Since living on a sailboat we've had two kids and sailed thousands of miles along the coast of Central America, the United States, the Bahamas and currently Baja California. Our family of four is always ready for the next adventure and we’re never quite sure where it will take us next. Oh, the places we still have yet to go!
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3 Responses to A sister’s journey to inspiration

  1. unclelawwy says:

    If you actually find a word to stump Meg, don’t blow it on this trip. Save it for a family gathering…
    Love the post, my dear. Brought back such memories of you launching from LA with just that backpack and your beautiful smile. Your mom called me a “worrywart.” She had noooooooooo idea.

    • Oh, the Places We've Been! says:

      After many hours of mental toil, I think I’m the one who is stumped. Is there a word in the English language that can stump Meg? Jack and I are still working on it.

    • karen foutch says:

      I remember that trip, I was in the same mind as your mom ! that was the first of your many adventures,some more worrisome than others,but after each you came back to ER more a grown woman than the young girl , a beautiful metamorphesis to watch.

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