Where Do We Go From Here?

I am at a crossroads.

I am no longer traveling. I stopped wandering  over two years ago.

My trips now now consists of quarterly jaunts to the U.S. and long weekends in pueblos.

So what is this blog now?

It was a travel blog. But now that I’m not traveling… what is it?

I had this big dream to travel the world, to have the freedom to do what I wanted and go where I pleased, and to support myself financially while doing it.

And I achieved that. It was a pretty awesome time of my life. One that will set me apart from most. A secret treasure chest of knowledge, friends, food, cultures, music, and good times that I can go back to whenever.

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Even though I’m not on the road, my life is extremely exciting right now. First of all, I’m engaged. Big news right? He proposed on New Year’s Eve. It was the best and most romantic way to ring in 2014. 

We’re getting married in May of this year. We’re heading to Hawaii for a week-long honeymoon, then coming back to Medellin to find a new place to live.

By the time we start having children, we’ll be moving back to South Florida.

I bet you never thought you’d hear me say that, right? But that’s the plan.

So then what will I write about?

Will you still read my blog if I started talking about my pit bulls?

What if I shared all of the ways I earn an income from the comfort of my pajamas?

And if I posted photos  of all of the new vegetarian recipes I try, like the portobello and zucchini tacos I made yesterday?

Or if I used this blog to tell you about how hard it’s been planning a wedding from a different country?

I could take the position of F- it. It’s my blog and I can do whatever I want with it, right?

But I do care. About you all. About those who just drop by after finding my blog in Google and those who have been following along with my journey since the beginning.

So, the question I have for you is: Where do we go from here?

  • http://ramblinbess.blogspot.com/ Bess V.

    There are a lot of blogs out there about expat life. It seems like you could write about that and it would be really interesting to your readers. Also, is your fiancé Columbian? If so, it would be interesting to hear about a cross-cultural marriage (congrats, btw!).

  • http://dev.jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Thanks, Bess! My fiancé is half Colombian but he was born in the US so it’s not really cross cultural. Expat life I could write about, and do, but I want to take my blog to a different level I guess. Thanks for your feedback!

  • http://inspiringtravellers.com/ Andrea and John

    Huge congrats on your engagement!! Yes yes yes! Write about your life…that’s super interesting stuff. I needed another outlet aside from travel and started a second blog. I’m sure wherever your life takes you people will want to know what you’re doing. We’re back in the US too…

  • http://dev.jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Thank you!!

    I actually started a second blog too :) Well it’s not really mine, it’s my dog’s blog. http://stuffonlunasnose.tumblr.com/

    I guess I hesitate writing too much about my life now that I’m in one place and it’s a pretty small community here.

    Thanks for the feedback guys :)

  • http://inspiringtravellers.com/ Andrea and John

    LOL love it!! Have you seen this one? http://www.dogshaming.com/

  • Lori Bonnell

    How about changing the name to Jasmine Wonders and write about all the things you wonder about from the perspective of starting a new chapter, newly engaged, possible motherhood, relationship stuff, compromise, etc. sort of like on Sex & the City when each show has to do with a question the character Carrie is asking herself and writing about…just a thought…

  • Lori Bonnell

    the photo at the top of this page certainly looks like Jasmine is Wondering…lol!

  • http://dev.jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Haha yeah I’ve seen those pics on Facebook :)

  • http://dev.jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    That’s a cool idea :) A lot of people misspell by blog that way anyway.

  • William Patterson

    I can relate. I traveled the world for 20 years for business. I’m now a college teacher, and my travel consists of a 10 minute bike ride to school. I love being home with family. Just the smell of the inside of an airplane now gives me cold sweats. I’ll keep reading your blog. Thanks.

  • Guest

    hahah yeah i think step #1 is change the name to jasminewonders :D

  • awwester

    Well, I think you have the pitbull thing pretty much covered on Insagram :D For what it’s worth, my vote is to hear about your pajama-income

  • http://dev.jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Haha yes they definitely dominate my IG feed. Thanks for your feedback :)

  • http://dev.jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Haha I can definitely relate to that :)

  • http://www.247Cityairporttransfer.co.uk/ Julie Danes

    I am very happy for you! Congratulations for your engagement and a happy, long and full of love life! Even though you will not travel as much, I am sure that you will find interesting things to post, and yeah, I will keep reading this blog. I have to admit that I only discovered it a month ago, so do not abandon me now. :) Cheers!

  • http://dev.jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Thanks Julie! I will definitely keep writing :)

  • 2rio2

    Not all journeys are taken by train, plain, or on foot. I think you can find plenty of new things to write about along the way, while reflecting on past and future travels. Congrats on the engagement!

  • http://www.loansolutions.ph/ Marie Torres

    Hi Jasmine you’ve got a nice blog! Congratulations on your engagement and good luck to a new life ahead. Things might be unclear for now where you’re journey is heading but one thing is for sure you have someone who will make your journey more exciting.

  • http://dev.jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Thanks Marie! Very true :)

  • http://dev.jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Thanks for the words of encouragement :)

  • http://needlegirlhaystackworld.com Laryssa

    Congratulations, Jasmine!
    I’ve been following the journey since you were in SE Asia. I love that you evolved into a successful entrepreneur — it’s a cool path that’s different from the typical travel blogger.

    I’d love to read more about your entrepreneurial ventures, and if there’s any challenges/adjustments that comes from returning home after several years of living abroad. :)

    But seriously, as others have said, write about whatever!

  • http://jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Thank you Laryssa! That’s a big compliment :) And thanks for your feedback. I actually have something big in the works right now…

  • Carlos Domenech

    Lov your openness and reality way of speaking about yourself, you are great at what you do, keep it up, and that’s right whatever you write about, we”ll be reading. Saludos from Puerto Rico!!! Xoxo

  • http://jasminewanders.com Jasmine Stephenson

    Thank you Carlos! I appreciate your kind words :)