This is more of a quick diary entry than an observation, but sometimes things like this feel like they are worth saying to help keep everything in perspective. After (what will be) seven weeks "on the road" out of my city and state, I cannot wait to get back to design as I know it. I am incredibly grateful for this experience and for the opportunity to visit all of these wonderful companies, but I think it has definitely shown me that I don't want to be someone who constantly traveling unless it is for pleasure or a specific project. All I want to do right now is get my hands dirty in some good old investigative and iterative design. YUM.
In terms of productivity, with writing, sketching and ideation, I heard a good piece of advice yesterday on a podcast: create one thing a day, whether you choose to share it or not is totally up to you (this was in the context of blig writing). That seems like a decent mantra to live by, and will hopefully help me keep things in perspective, especially in those difficult times.