So, when will you be back? 3 possible end dates

Not surprisingly, the end of my time at Bulbstorm and the imminent launch of the Meander has inspired a lot of questions. (What’s the Meander?)

Forrest Gump at Alabama

Forrest Gump’s run started in SEC Country. Will mine end there?

For example, are you gonna get another job? No, I don’t think I’d like another job. What are you going to do about money and bills? Well, I’ve never really liked paying bills. I don’t think I’m gonna do that either.

(Full disclosure: I do intend to offer freelance marketing services while on the road.)

But the No. 1 question I hear is: When will you be back?

My answer? Hell. I don’t know. First, I don’t leave until May 8 (in the footsteps of Chris McCandless). Second, meandering doesn’t have an agenda and it definitely doesn’t have a hard stop. Here are three possible exit scenarios:

Speaking Victory (August return)

I’ve had an amazing experience exploring the West Coast and connecting with loved ones in Seattle. I’ve seen what I came to see. The old familiar pulls of career and relationship tug at me. Not unlike Forrest Gump at the end of his run, I’m pretty tired. I think I’ll go home now. And, lo and behold, I make it back in time to scout a Rose Bowl dark horse with good friends at Camp Tontozona. Probability: 10%

Winter is Coming (October return)

Colder temps and shorter days make chilling in Seattle beyond summer less desirable. The timing is right to leave for Yellowstone before it gets too cold and proceed to southern Utah once the summer heat lifts. Once I leave Seattle, I start nosing around for jobs back in Phoenix. If the right job comes along, I rush back through Utah. If not, I take my time at Arches, Bryce Canyon, and Zion intending to return in time for the annual Tempe Leadership alumni reception. Probability: 60%

SEC Country (December return)

I’ve reached Utah with no job prospects and no burning desire to leave the road. Leaves are changing colors in Colorado. ASU prepares to face Notre Dame in Dallas. And the SEC schedule is just starting to heat up. After all, I love southern accents and sundresses. Probability: 30%

My itinerary is very fluid. Know a can’t-miss spot? Got a friend with a couch? Let me know in the comments!



  1. Congrats Matt! Maybe you’ll want to take a cue from this guy and join the rest of us free spirits and nonconformists at his annual World Domination Summit in July:

    • Matt Meanders says

      Thanks for the hot tip on the World Domination Summit. It looks like a hoot! I’ll definitely be in Portland by July 4, so this is a definite maybe. If I go, it’d be great to chat marketing and talk about Adam behind his back. 🙂

  2. This year’s summit is already sold out, but you might be able to pick up a resale ticket. Nonetheless, AONC is a great site to follow. I just re-listened to his audiobook during my road trip this earlier this month.

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