When I left West Virginia, I knew I would miss it. If you read some of my earlier blog posts, it’s hard to miss just how reluctant I was to leave home. I’ll always be a West Virginian, and the longer I’m here the more I miss about my old home. So, naturally, whenever someone says they’ve never been to the Mountain State, I cannot help but brag about the beautiful scenery I called home for the first 22 years of my life.

If you’re reading this, the Amateur Traveler Episode #701 will have just been published. This podcast is an amazing way to hear stories of people enjoying Creation from an outside perspective and little in the way of financial resources. We actually used episode #602 as our template for our trip to the Yucatan in February! Anyway, it’s an awesome podcast, and if you listen to Episode #701, you’ll get to hear me speak about my favorite places in the Mountain State! Please check it out! I really enjoyed my conversation with Chris and if you’ve never been to West Virginia, it’s the perfect place to start. I’ve uploaded an album of my favorite places in WV to go along with Chris’s episode, so be sure to take a look once you listen to the podcast!

When I was naming and branding this blog, ‘wayward’ was a word that rattled around in my head and I just couldn’t get it out. If you’re like me, the song by Kansas might rattle around in your head and give you just the right sense of melancholy. If you’re rolling with the standard connotation, “wayward” may imply something a bit more sinister than I’m going for – I don’t exactly see myself as a moral rebel. Instead, I take the word for its more literal definition: having turned away.

The phrase implies a subject. From what? You probably ask. Good question! At the time, it meant West Virginia. Now, I can’t say. All I know is that I’m somewhere new, and I am trying to find new things every day – whether in my back yard or across the world.

Wayward Wings, the second word coming from my intended occupation at time I bought the domain, was intended as a blog to share my amateur photos and raise publicity and awareness for my career change. I was planning to be a missionary pilot – funded by generous supporters as I flew supplies to those in need. This is what inspired my move to Spokane in 2018, as I was starting training at Moody Bible Institute’s Missions Aviation program.

My last post went into detail about what inspired the change of plans, but suffice it to say things are a little different now than in 2018! Wayward will be changing a little bit in the coming weeks. I want to continue this blog, but I want to do so with fewer limitations than I was placing on myself from the start. After all, the purpose of Wayward Wings is different now, so why keep the same format?

Okay, first thing: I like talking about travel. I don’t get to do it as often as I like, but I want to start posting about the trips I get to take. So, I’ll be posting things like my Yucatan album going forward. You’ll be able to tell these apart from normal posts because the title will be the name of a place. Obviously, the current global environment is not well-suited to travel, so these will be minimal for a few months.

Second, I will continue doing my contemplative, self-important blog posts about my current wanderings, ramblings, and predicaments. These will be identified by their vague, edgy one-word titles and will hopefully happen around once per month.

Lastly, as my change of study has me finishing a Biblical Studies degree, I have lots of theological fodder (with varying degrees of importance and interest to the average reader). If I am struck with an idea or message like my Christmas post, I will probably just write it up for you to enjoy. The titles of these posts will be relevant to the content in some way but will be more than one word, so you can distinguish them from a normal post if it’s not your thing!

Okay, I think that’s all I have to say. If you’re new here, I think you’re up to speed. If you’ve been here a while, hopefully I didn’t just ruin the blog for you. Oh yeah, I’ve got New Merch! I did another riff on the Wayward logo and I think it looks pretty cool. Anything you contribute goes toward the maintenance of this blog and my domain. If I sold 15 t-shirts, I’d break even for the year on my costs. So, if you like the logo or want to support me, or you just need some new t-shirts, go check it out!

As always, thanks for reading. If you’re new and want to follow the blog, you can do so with the sidebar of this post, or by following me on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr, the links for which are below. I appreciate you spending time with me during your quarantine to read about my branding changes… yeah, okay, sorry if this wasn’t super engaging. I just wanted to make sure we set the right expectations going forward!

I’ll leave you with a picture from on of my favorite places in West Virginia Cooper’s Rock, where you can nap in a hammock beside a cliff.

PS: If you’re still here, you should really go check out Amateur Traveler and have a listen to #701. That is all.