Autotelic EU

The Idea

I was living in Detroit, no job, nothing lined up, and kinda just like totally so over “it” ya know? The last thing I was going to do was sit on my tushy in our overly-heated house… SO I came up with my next big idea- Detroit Toile. I would pick someone, someone cool obviously, interview them, tell their story, and then have them refer me to someone they knew with a cool story or skill. The web would build itself. Going to Europe meant building an even bigger “web” so I named my project ToilEU. Then one day in Starbucks I saw a video by Adam Westbrook called, “Painting in the Dark.” It talked about Van Gogh’s creative career (lack-there-of). In it was mentioned a book by the name of, “Flow” by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi where he uses the word, “autotelic.” This word is derived from two Latin words, auto (self) and telic (goal). Inspired by the story and word itself, I changed the name to Autotelic EU! Because, after all, this has always been my goal as a storyteller.

The Follow-Through

I’m really good at saying I’ll do shit and then actually not doing that thing. I’m also notorious for dropping everything and starting anew somewhere else, so honestly I’m super confusing and in need of a therapist. In the mean time, I wanted to bring this idea to life, for real, so I bought a ticket to Dublin knowing I’d have until the end of June to find my way back to America (can’t miss Electric Forest) and figured out the rest before the wheels left the runway-sorta.

Below

is a place for posts, pics, vids, and updates along my impromptu journey. Pass it along ay? Also, in case of my very-possible death… TELL MY STORY B-)

Days

Cities

Interviews

Film Rolls

Profiles

Travel Thoughts

My New Found Travel Plan

It would only take you a few seconds on my Instagram page to get the idea-I hate modern tourism. What do you mean by modern tourism though, Ty? Thanks for asking, let me first start with a story from the hostel in Firenze last night. Your question was important it...
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A night with five Catalans and an Englishman

Inspiration for my next next creative project was given to me in Barcelona. It will be a worldwide art installation. There’s an ignorance to Americans that isn’t necessarily our fault. The system we are raised in, the one our parents were as well, shapes us to believe...
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A Response to Being Mugged in Brussels

I’m looking at the dried blood on my hand and reflecting on the first time I had to use self-defense in my life. I am quite sure I will never forget the look in the boy’s eye as he flagrantly threw punches at me-untrained. He was scared. Yesterday I was mugged in a...
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Guardian Angel

She was much younger than you’d think, I remember being in high school and people saying they must be putting steroids in the chicken-dangerous thing hookup culture can be. Her eyes, large black pupils with a hazel brown rim around them. I had walked into the Marwood...
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Family Sense

It’s hard writing these pieces because I have this idea, inspiration in my head, so defined and beautiful. Then I start typing and am reminded I’m not a writer. I had never seen a wild donkey before. To be honest, I don’t think I knew that was a thing. I had heard...
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I’m Privileged

As I type this I’m holding back tears, but not well enough, my eyes are filled with water waiting to pour out. I wonder how many people have noticed. I’m sitting in Coffee #1 Portswood. The blue flashing lights caught my attention while I was staring out the window...
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A look at February (it’s March and I’m still in UK)

­I’m in a half living room half kitchen at the table, alone, sipping on tea that is still, after five minutes, too hot for my tongue. The harsh, beautiful light from the bay window is filling the kitchen counter and a portion of the empty wicker chair in front of me....
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Weather the cold: Tell the story

A good friend of mine loves to tell stories from his world travels. It always puts a smile on my face when I hear him deliver the script to a new ear. I've heard most multiple times and in no way is that a bad thing, but I didn't truly understand the concept until I...
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Toronto → London UK: A kind reminder-I have no idea what I’m doing

There's not much to this post, except for a major wakeup call. I was held at the UK border patrol for merely one reason-I don't have any plans. Like at all. And I'm over here all like, "look at me and my wanderlust, I'm so cool bein' all like 'where will I go next?!'...
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Couchsurfing: The lucky lottery

It wasn't hard to find the street, Google Maps has this "offline" feature where you can download full cities over wifi to later be able to direct around without data (somewhat genius and lifesaving? Maybe not so much lifesaving as millennial comfort aka lifesaving)....
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Where I Wandered

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