One of our goals is living by nomadic serendipity. We often say that we live in the time zone of Nomadic Standard Time.
Serendipity is what guides our routing, our adventures and experiences. We purposely avoid making plans to allow serendipity to point us to where we need to be. Sure, we set intentions – but we don’t get caught up in them, and remain agile to follow serendipity’s beacon.
serendipity |ˌserənˈdipitē| an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident
We believe that in a default state of mind, it’s too easy to let plans get in the way of amazing things happening. Making too many plans also sets you up for stress and disappointment when they don’t manifest. Allowing for serendipity pretty much guarantees joy and adventure.
The Serendipity Challenge
We’ve told many a story of how serendipity has played a large role in our lives. From chance encounters, awesome unexpected things happening, last minute opportunities and our biggest leap of serendipity a year ago of selling our Oliver trailer leaving us homeless without a plan.
Now it’s your turn to share with us.
Share with us your best story of serendipity in your life. When have you let go of plans and schedules, and embraced what is present around you? What amazing things happened that wouldn’t have otherwise? What did you discover?
If serendipity has been lacking in your life – take a read back through our past Serendipity Challenge to help set yourself up for making plans to not make plans.
The Contest – Deadline: June 22 (entries now closed!)
When we last proposed a serendipity challenge, we didn’t offer a prize. This time we are.
One of our stories of serendipity was when we were parked in San Francisco in the fall of 2010 with no plans, and in desperate need of a change of pace. And lo and behold, and opportunity to sublet a cottage in the US Virgin Islands landed in our e-mail box. It took us just a few hours to say ‘YES!’ and completely shift gears to live island life for 5 months.
When we got to our new winter home, this was the sign at the base of our street:
You just really don’t clearer signs that you’re in the right place.
We recently decided to have some smaller Serendipity signs made based on this photo. They are 4″ in size, and made of metal.
The winner of this contest will receive one of our signs, to always remind you to allow serendipity into your life. We’ll ship it to wherever in the world you are.
1) Submit your serendipity story to us by:
Post your story to your own blog linking to this challenge post and post a link in the comments (we’ll include your post in a compilation listing at the end of the contest) .. or..
Leave your story as a comment to this post .. or …
Make a video, post it somewhere and post the link in the comments
If you’re not comfortable sharing publicly, then send it to us privately at email@example.com (however, if you win – we’ll want to share at least some context of it).
2) You must submit your story by June 22, 2012 – the one year anniversary of us finding our bus after we took our largest leap of faith in serendipity yet.
3) We’ll judge by the story that inspires serendipity the most. We reserve the right to pick multiple winners, because we’re really really bad at choosing favorites.
We’ll do a compilation post sharing the winner(s), and linking to all the posts submitted to us.
So… what’s your serendipity story?
Entries are now closed – stay tuned, we’ll be announcing the winners soon!