About Raw Focus

This blog started out as a way for me to chronicle my career break travels starting in 2012.

Five years out of college, I could no longer ignore the itch to travel. Not just for two weeks at a time with the pressures of work just a message away on my Blackberry. No, I needed to go all in this time. I had a good job and a great life in New York. But that itch kept growing so I decided early in 2012 to leave everything behind to embark on a voyage across the globe.

My travels took me to the Mediterannean, North Africa, the Middle East (during Ramadan no less), Japan and Southeast Asia.

After six months on the road, I arrived in Shanghai to join my (then) girlfriend Jie, who had recently moved there. So I settled in over the next seven months to study Chinese and acclimate to a new culture, using this space to reflect and share adventures.

In the summer of 2013, I moved back to California, where I now work for Vital Intel, a digital marketing firm in Downtown San Francisco and live with my wife Jie in Burlingame, about 15 miles south of San Francisco. Now that I am back in the US, the frequency of my adventures have lessened but the lessons learned from being abroad will certainly continue to pay dividends. While I hope this space will continue to travel-focused, I look forward to using this space to explore my own personal growth.

So why Raw Focus? Well this journey has been about both seeing things as they truly are, in their most unfiltered, real form as well as helping me to regain a sense of focus that I think had waned a little bit along the way. For me, this was an evolution of sorts, a growth process as opposed to “finding myself.”

Please reach out with any comments or suggestions as I want to make this as enjoyable and informative as possible.

I have been posting all of my pictures if you would like to take a look.

Personal Mantra: Push On, Hone In, Chill Out

Feel free to email me any feedback at matt.sussman@gmail.com.

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