Somewhere between early summer and I'm ready for it all to fall together in a foreign way.

My summer plans were simple, really. I had a busy first quarter of the year, mostly in the 2 week venture of sanding every square inch of the car you see in the photos here. Putting the Saab together in my uncle's Oklahoma body shop was like a rite of passage that I earned beyond my own expectations, let-alone the other guys at the shop. I honestly didn't realize how much I had learned over the years in there over the summers, and how my attention to detail mentality could come together to make a car so pretty and unique. It's less about the car - more about the labor and virtue.

After all that, my intention was to hustle, hustle, hustle until September when I take off for Kenya for the #pinkflamingotour. Unexpectedly, I took a random message in May from an associate in Florida who I've discussed a large production session with off and on over the last few years. We almost made it happen last fall, but the hurricane season got the best of her circumstances so it resulted on the intended #sunnyDtour being cancelled. Well, we planned it again for late July. I knew I was making a big move at a precarious time - my everyday focus being on this around the world takeoff date that I've been saving for since the the start of the year. Disaster struck from day one of the 3 weeks I took off from my time clock gig when my client texted to cancel. My mind was set on this time away, I was in a bit of dis-belief, and I took off on the highway anyway..

With a pit-stop for some quick work in St. Louis, I was in Memphis within 24 hours. I had a free room lined up just south of the city on the northern tip of Mississippi, so it was a time to enjoy Memphis as I had intended while working on my backup plan - which highway I would be on when it came time to leave Tennessee? It's funny to me, because most people get excited about the prospect of heading to Dallas, Texas. Me, on the other hand, I'm kicking the dirt in mind like a kid... "I don't wanna go to Dallas." The tour was centered on my Florida client and I was supplementing my income on any free time with Postmates deliveries. Dallas was my best bet to scrap together some funds.

The #sunnyDtour went from an ambitious creative tour with a cool prospective profit to an unplanned creative vacation mixed with scraping up whatever funds were to be had. All that's on my mind through all of this is my finances for Kenya being sabotaged. Whoa, the freelance world.... Thankfully, I look for and do my best to embrace the lesson in everything. I've given you the cake up to now - so we'll finish with icing and tea. Just a few hours south of Kansas City, almost home a week and a half early, I fin