Drew Butler

Sometimes You Just Have To Start

Posted: May 5, 2017

I know from personal experience that one of the most crippling forces that one can encounter when starting something new is what they call analysis paralysis. In short, this is what happens when you have access to so much information and so many variables, with so many unknowns, that you simply run through your options over and over again. Telling yourself why you’re not ready to start. It is a game of second guessing and pretending. Believing there is a perfect solution out there. Hoping that...

Finding gratitude in difficult situations

Posted: August 29, 2016

Yesterday started out like just about any other day in Bali. You wake up, make some breakfast, make some coffee, chase the baby around, and then load up on the motorbike and decide where to go for the day. Unlike other days up till then, we decided to go a little further out and head down to the beach in Canggu, specifically, Echo Beach. None of that is really the point of the story, though. To fast forward a bit, we rode for about an hour, got slightly lost, but ultimately made our way to an...

Our next adventure begins tonight

Posted: June 26, 2016

Ever since we made the decision 9-months ago for me to change to a more location flexible job and to relinquish our apartment in Brooklyn, NY, we’ve been somewhat on the go. First, we left New York for Texas. The plan was to live with parents for a bit and make some small trips in between. Truth be told, just the travel time between Galveston, TX and Austin, TX multiple times a month was enough to feel like we were travelling a lot. But between that and trips to Belize, Costa Rica, Ireland, Las...

You should start a travel agency

Posted: January 22, 2016

As a New Yorker, I’m used to the spiel. “I’ve got these kids who need …” or “I need money for …” or simply, “can I have a dollar?” Usually, all but the last are total BS, so it is easy to brush them off and say, “sorry, I’m broke too.” This time was a little different. Instead of starting with the story, he started with an introduction. “Hi, I’m David,” he said, as he stretched out his hand. Such a simple gesture, one that you might see just about anywhere else, but rarely do you find with a...

The long road traveled

Posted: December 28, 2015

I embarked nearly alone on a Friday morning. One week before Christmas with a packed car, and a dog, for a long drive from Brooklyn, NY to Galveston, TX. The intention up until the night before was slightly different. The assumption with getting a car before leaving, instead of upon arrival in Texas, was so that Lauren, our son, and I could pack up the car and make the journey together. We assumed a need to maximize available space, so in anticipation, I purchased a soft top carrier and a bike...

How I got to work from everywhere

Posted: December 16, 2015

It was about two and a half years ago when Lauren told me that she wanted to go on a trip to Asia. It was the early part of June and the trip would be in about 4-weeks, just after school got out. Being a teacher definitely has its ups and downs, but no one can deny the amazing perk that is summer vacation. Pretty much as soon as school was out, her plan was to go to Asia for 2-weeks, then head back to Texas, to go on vacation with her family in Colorado. In the sudden weeks leading up to her...

The time I moved to New York City

Posted: December 9, 2015

Just over 5-years ago, I made a pretty big decision in my life. I had for years before dreamed of one day leaving my home state of Michigan, but lacked any real motivation or grit to actually create a plan and put it into action. There are many reasons why that was the case, but chief among them were two of note: fear and complacency. Worst of all, these two feelings fed off of each other and made the other stronger. When I first dreamed of moving to another state, it was back sometime around...