I have returned from Morocco, and am now back in Chicago. The trip was incredible. I won’t focus on the travel details here, but if you’re interested, I do travel writing for flighster. While the trip was amazing, it couldn’t have come at a worse possible time in terms of development of SpotHero an online parking reservation company in Chicago. The trip was planned way in advance, but came at a pivotal time. It was in the middle of applications to startup accelerators, private buyer flow testing, and many important technology and entrepreneur events in Chicago. We were lucky to get interviews with two of the startup accelerators we had applied to. We found out we had been asked to come back for an interview with them while we were in Morocco. The scrambling began as things had to be put in order to prepare. We actually had a skype interview with one of them while we were in Marrakesh. A good half of the day was spent finding an internet cafe that had the equipment and connection for a video conference. We rented the whole place out for 2 hours. Good times! It was my first taste of “working on the road”. While it’s exciting, there is an element of stress due to unfamiliarity and lack of access to technology and certain things. We were still able to get everything done we needed to. Life has been great, and I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been happier., but here is something that I have been struggling with of late.
Blogging About Life vs. Living It
I am troubled sometimes by whether I should be blogging or not. On one hand, I would love to update Lifestyle Ignition as much as possible. I love connecting with new people and really enjoy having a platform of honesty with those I currently already know. However, sometimes I am so busy with my startup SpotHero, that when I have a free moment, I do not feel like writing. I feel like living. It felt great to head to Mardis Gras in New Orleans and not be connected to the internet. I spent the time with some close friends exploring an amazing city I had never been to before without constantly checking my cell phone or logging onto the internet. Morocco was great too, and after 6 straight months of powering away in full time startup mode, it was a nice break. Going forward, I cannot foresee another break for a long while. I am enamored with the startup process and the startup world and can’t wait for SpotHero to get off the ground! I think there is a fine line and balance that must be kept. Blogging is a wonderful platform. Though, I read many blogs where it seems all the person does is blog and there’s more to life than blogging. I love reading about interesting people doing interesting things. Blogging is interesting and blogging is great, but there is something that trumps that 1 million times over. That is life.
Side note: (If someone tells you travel is expensive, I paid $390 round trip Chicago to Casablanca). Thank you travelzoo alerts!
SpotHero is an online parking marketplace that allows you to reserve a parking spot ahead of time for example if you need Downtown Chicago Parking or are going to a Wrigley Field and need Cubs Game Parking.