I’ve never had a job that required me to travel very often. Many of my friends do. Sometimes I’m jealous of the fact that they get to fly around the country, and in some cases, the world. Other times, I’m happy that I get to stay home. I’m a bit of a homebody. I’m not saying that I don’t like going out or even traveling from time to time. It’s just that I most enjoy getting cuddled up with my little dog Lewis and watching HBO or Netflix.

But next month, I’ll be traveling to Dallas and I couldn’t be more excited. A big factor is that I’ll be flying away from potentially subzero temperatures. While my friends and family are all bundled up, enduring Ohio’s worst weather, I’ll be strolling around town in a light jacket.

I also can’t wait to see and interact with the vibrant startup community in Dallas. While Toledo is certainly making strides, Dallas has an established and stable network unlike any other city that I’ve visited. Yes, I know that there are plenty of other cities in the United States that are essentially centered around startups. But like I said, I don’t really travel much. I’ve never been to Silicon Valley. I’ve never been to Omaha. So this trip will be a bit of an eye-opener for me.

But what I’m most looking forward to is getting to see friends, old and new. I’ve recently had the opportunity to make connections with some very cool people. Chatting online or talking on the phone are completely different animals than seeing or meeting someone in person. And I’m beyond excited to do the latter.

For me, travel is not about the destination sometimes. And it’s also not the cliché of being about the journey. It’s the experiences that are most memorable. January is usually a pretty dull time in Ohio. It’s actually a pretty dull time in my life period. But now I have more than just Christmas to look forward to in the coming weeks. For the first time, maybe ever, I have a reason to look forward to January.

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