Be The Dumbest…

Humility: “A modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness”.
V.S.
Validation: “Recognition or affirmation that a person or their feelings or opinions are valid or worthwhile”.
V.S.
Ego: “A person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance”.

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These three states of mind can all work together to better your mindset and help you learn to always be the Dumbest! 

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Being validated is a great feeling and it usually always boosts our ego, but those who stay humble are succeeding at Being the Dumbest!

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Why would I ant to be the dumbest; you ask?

Well, let me explain…

…I just finished reading this book: “How to be a Bawse”  by Lilly Singh (if you know it, we can be friends. If not, that’s okay, But you should get it and read it, it’s an amazing book).

Anyways, I just finished this book and one of chapter titles was “Be the dumbest”.
Now, just like you probably thought, I was also very confused by this title, so before reading the chapter I decided to try and guess what I thought the chapter would be about; and here’s what I came up with:

“I thought this book was about being successful and staying positive in life. Why would I want to be the dumbest; isn’t that counter productive? Shouldn’t I try to be the smartest (or at least; not dumb)?”

I then proceeded to read the chapter and it made total sense (and I just had to share it).

Being the dumbest doesn’t mean you’re stupid, it just means you don’t know everything.

You only know what you need to know to do YOUR job correctly.
If you have a question about something that is outside of your area of expertise, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions is the only way to get smarter.

I encourage you to try and ask at least 1 question a day & see what happens. However, don’t ask smart question though; ask questions that make you seem dumb, so you can learn more (the dumber the question, the more you will learn from the answer).

P.S. Learning should not stop after you graduate because even then all you know is what you learned in school, so you really ARE the dumbest. And, when you get a job all you know is how to do that specific job.
The only way to keep learning everyday is to not be afraid to ask (sometimes) stupid questions. 

So next time you are at a meeting or hanging with friends try and be the dumbest person in the room (being the dumbest is better than pretending you know everything)

 

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Thanks for reading! 

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

4 Years Later…

Before you continue to read this post; please read: 4 years ago… because this post is my reply to that letter.

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Hey Girl,
I can see you’ve been doing much better these days. I mean just look at you, sitting on planes, going to Hong Kong, Belize, working at a steady job, being healthy…
You’re doing all the things you couldn’t put your mind to 4 years ago, but now (4 years later), just look at where you are today!
Give yourself some credit you’ve come very far. And, that’s a testimony to how far you will go. Keep looking forward because your future has so much more amazing adventures in store for you.
I am so proud of you for never giving up! You are truly amazing and should be proud of every step you take! The past is the past, and now, is your moment to live your best life and keep moving forward!
There’s nothing else that will come your way that you won’t be able to overcome; I mean just look how far you’ve come since those days.
You are truly a warrior (I really did mean it when I said that)!
Thank you for never giving up on me and also for never giving up on yourself!
See you later!
(when you will be even more successful in your future endeavors)

 

Sincerely,

Your Best Friend (& I always will be) 

 


Thanks for taking the time to read this! 

P.S. I hope this post inspired you as much as it inspired me to write it. 

 


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

The Versatile Blogger Award

My first nomination for a blogging award!
What?! Did I read that correctly?!?

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I’ve only been blogging for maybe a year (maybe less/more, I’m not really sure), but being nominated for The Versatile Blogger Award is amazing (that’s a huge understatement, but I have no words). When I started this blog, I never expected to have many followers, let alone, a blogging award nomination. Say what?

A HUGE THANK YOU to: Runaway Nuns and Leprechauns for the nomination; it truly means a lot.
P.S. If you don’t follow them, you totally should! They post encouraging, up-lifting and entertaining content; it’s definitely worth read.

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The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share 7 facts about yourself.
  3. Nominate 10 other bloggers of your choice.
  4. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination.

7 Facts about me…

  1. I LOVE traveling! (like SOOOO much; my dream is to visit every country in the world)
  2. I can speak 3 1/2 languages (So far, I am fluent in English, French & Spanish; I’m working on the forth one).
  3. When I was 11/12, I broke my left middle finger & knuckle; and, since I was young, the doctors put me in a cast up to my elbow for THREE weeks (til this day my finger is still crooked). 
  4. I have 1 younger sister (who is also my best friend; next to my mom, of course).
  5. My favorite colour is light-blue.
  6. I HATE being cold (I’d much rather sweat all the time, than be cold for even a second).
  7. I NEED to travel at least once a year (if not, I go crazy).

10 Nominees

  1. MakeItUltra™
  2. Emma & Nathan’s Travels
  3. Rays of Inspiration & Motivation
  4. THE WANDERING ITINERANT
  5. Love Travelling
  6. nomadonroad
  7. The Blog of Travel
  8. ADVENTURESS ON THE RUN
  9. Evelina
  10. Pro Kind Project

 

Thanks for reading!

P.S. To my 10 nominees, please know that I sincerely didn’t pick you at random.
I have chosen you because You have inspired me with your unique, original & insightful blogs. Keep up the great work!
Now, it’s your turn to make someones day with a nomination.

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Summer…

Finally, my favorite season has arrived!

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Summer is my favorite season for so many different reason… the main one being; the sun.
And then there’s; travel because summer is a good time to travel (unless you’re trying to escape snow, then, don’t travel to a place with reversed seasons).
And, the final reason is; it’s finally time to get out and enjoy the outdoors and the sun and the heat and nature and everything you can do in summer that you can’t do in winter.
Do I ever love summer! (comment down below with your favorite part of summer or your favorite season)

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Although, most of the trips I take tend to be during the summer, I have done some (like 2) trips in the fall and winter: And, let me just say, if I could live somewhere with summer weather all year round, I would in a heartbeat! (like this post if you would too)

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Anyways… On to some exciting news.

I have a special promo code for YOU (yes You reading this) to try out this great app.
It’s a great travel workout app (it’s even good if you don’t travel and just live a busy life). It’s like having a personal trainer on your phone.
I like this app because when you travel; you are constantly trying new foods, just being lazy, enjoying your new & amazing adventures… But this app helps you remember to keep your body healthy while still enjoying your trip (& to be honest, when I travel, that’s the last thing on my mind).
No matter where you are in the world, it will make you get outside or go to the gym to get active for at least 3 minutes (that’s right there are workouts you can do for 3 minutes) a day. I love that there’s variety in the type and length of the workouts because when I travel I don’t really want to waste my time doing a workout, I want to get back to exploring as fast as I can.

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Anyways… Enough of me telling you about what it does: go try it for yourself with this  two-week free-trial link  and enter this promo code: AAPTIV2WEEKS

 

Thanks for reading!
P.S. I’m looking for some new summer songs; so, if you want: Comment down below with your favorite summer song’s’.

 

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

The woman on the street…

What is she doing?  Why do I always see her in the same spot?  How long has she been here?

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Those are all questions I ask myself on my commute to work.

You see; I always walk by the same way to get to work. And, everyday while walking on this street (I’m not actually going to tell you the street name, duh) at 7:00am, I always pass this lady with four or five suitcases, a few grocery bags and a blue tarp.
I promise I’m not stalking her; I’ve been taking this street for months to get to work; when all of a sudden, one day, I see this random lady with all her belongings inhabiting the sidewalk.
So, I become very curious, and now, every time time I go to work and see her still there, I wonder things like: Where did she come from? Why did she choose this street to “live” on? Why does she have so much stuff with her? Does she have family? I even find it interesting that she isn’t asking for money or anything from anyone passing-by (she just sits there reading the newspaper)?

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To be honest, I kinda like seeing that she is still there because it gives me a sense of relief (she seems to be doing fine),  it triggers my curiosity (but, why is she there) and it helps me remember to be thankful for everything I have (like the job I am walking to while looking at & questioning this scene).
However, some days, I wish I could walk down that street, & not see her there because then I would be even more curious and ask questions like: where did she go? is she ok? did she find a better spot? did she find a home? did her family come?

I think the worst part of this scenario is, that most people that walk by probably don’t even Look in her direction because they’re scared that she will ask them for something or even worse they’re scared that they will Feel sympathy/empathy for the woman.

I think this is also something that happens in most cultures in the world and that needs to change! (if you agree like this post) (maybe even share it, if you want)

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I don’t exactly know how to change it but; If you stop questioning it, and look at the big picture; The woman obviously knows her own story and we know ours. And, sometimes that’s enough but, sometimes we need to learn about others to understand our story even better.

Don’t be too quick to judge; try to talk to someone before judging them.
You never know what you could learn about them & about yourself!

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this post!

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

4 years ago…

Warning: Depressing, Inspirational & Real Post

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Throwback time! (by that I mean; first blog post throwback!)

I won’t go into too much detail; Let’s just say, four years ago today, I was at a VERY low point in life and I decided to open-up the bible and pray. After doing so, I felt the need to write the following letter:

Dear ***insert your name here***,
I just want to tell you that your life on earth will get better, just wait and see; Be patient. I have a plan for you. You will change your world someday. Life will never become perfect, but you can make it perfect.
Open up to people, see what happens and if they let you down, then they probably weren’t meant to be a part of the plan I have for you. The people that you open up to and accept you for who you are; those are the people that are meant to be in your life.
Never forget that life is full of ups and down and it takes a warrior to overcome them. The plan I have for you is so great that the warrior inside you will be able to fight the battle of life. You will become so much greater than you could ever imagine.
Believe in me!
-Sincerely, Your Best Friend

After I wrote this down, it was like something inside me change automatically. I can’t really explain it, but it helped me keep up the strength to have patience with my life.

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P.S. To be completely honest, I wasn’t sure if I should share this; but, when I found the letter; crumpled up with shaky handwriting; I knew I had to share it because I know someone out there needs to see it. 

Thanks for reading! I hope this post Inspired You in some way!
Have a good day/afternoon/evening/night! (wherever you are in the world)

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Speechless…

After a trip/adventure, most people are speechless & can’t stop talking!

Let me be the first (probably not first, but you know what I mean) to say: If that ^ happens to you after a trip/adventure, it is a good thing; it means your experience has taught you a lot!

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You see.. I saw this picture a few days ago and immediately thought about writing something, because it’s so true (the pictures speaks a thousands words).

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You see.. I LOVE to travel and every time I travel I am in AWE of where I am. It never sinks-in until a few days or even weeks into the trip and sometimes it doesn’t sink-in until I get back home.. and, then, at home, people are constantly asking me about my trip.
And, to be honest, sometimes I can’t answer all their questions because I don’t even know how to describe my trip in words; I try, but I become speechless after saying a few words..  and, then, a few days or weeks after I’ve had time to process my experiences, I start to realize everything that has changed and begin to know how to tell people about my trip.

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I think that occurs because during and after the trip, I am still in awe and thinking about the things I learned and I’m not ready to tell anyone or try to explain anything yet.
But, when it finally sinks-in and I fully understand what I learned on my trip, I begin to get excited to tell people and the words just come to me because I am so excited that no matter what I say, people will listen because they know how much the trip meant to me. And, maybe my excitement will encourage them to go to this place.

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Traveling does, in fact, make you speechless!
Why?

Because…

When we travel and come home, home is still the same, but something in our minds has changed, and that changes everything!

…We don’t know how to react with our new perspective. We are trying to live with our new found perspective on life! (that’s the secret of traveling)

So, next time you are speechless after a trip & people are asking all sorts of questions, just tell them about the most exciting parts of your trip because that’s the part they want to hear anyways… the personal experiences are for your learning & perspective anyway (you can tell them if you want, but they will learn in their own way, during their own trip).

Thanks for taking the time to read this post! Happy travels! 🙂

 

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Why travel?

“When you travel, you realize how dumb you really are & how little you know about the world around you!”

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The reality is that; People that travel a lot tend to be smarter, more open-minded and more outgoing!
Why?
Because when you travel, you learn new things, you experience difference things and you learn the importance of respecting other cultures & people.

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In life, you must travel and step out of your comfort zone in order to really understand the real world around you!
Seeing a different perspective of the world is necessary for your growth!

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Travel is also a way to escape your thoughts. It makes you focus and think about all the new and interesting things around you. Instead of being stuck in your thoughts you are learning and experiencing new things.

“Travel is a secret tonic and those who do not travel, don’t know/understand what others talk about!”

You see; I’ve been to a few different countries and I’ve loved every second of them. But, every time I try to explain my trip to someone: They either don’t really care, They don’t understand because they don’t like traveling, or They don’t want to know because they want to go there “one day” (they don’t want you to “spoil” it for them).
The amount of times I’ve heard all these excuses is ridiculous. I mean if you really have “the travel bug”, you should want to hear about other people’s travels because it should make you more excited about your next trip.

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If that ever happens to you, let me just say that; The best way to continue to love traveling and keep planning your next trip is to tell people about it broadly because most of the time they don’t really care about the details of your trip. And, if they do they will ask questions and seem interested and excited for you; and those are the people who can Really talk to about your next trip and possibly get even more excited.

Fellow travelers should always encourage each other!
That doesn’t mean ignore the people that say that traveling isn’t for them; you should tell them about your trip (maybe it will encourage them to travel), but, if not, don’t expect them to understand everything either!

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Travel is a personal experience because when we travel it changes who we are and how we see the world; it can’t change the people around us.
So, next time you are talking about your trip to someone who doesn’t seem to understand, skip the little details and tell them about the most exciting things that happened during your adventure.
However, if you are talking to someone who seems really interested, tell them about the little details because they will appreciate it.
Also, chances are, if they’re interested in the little details, it means that they have traveled before, or really want to travel to that place, and they might be able to relate to your experiences, which is much more fun then having to explain everything to someone who doesn’t care or doesn’t get it.

“Travel is the only we buy that makes us richer.”

 

Thanks for reading!
P.S. Let’s encourage each other to travel because traveling is AMAZING! And, chances are, if you read this post to the end, you think so too. So, if you want to tell anyone about your trips & adventures or travel plans, post it in the comments below or message me.
I’m sure others will love to read about it! If not, I sure do!

 

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

 

Transportation…

Buses, airplanes, trains, and anything else that transports multiple people to a certain destination.
I love it all!

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Why?
Well, I can’t answer that because I don’t really know!

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I know some people hate it and sometimes I do too.
Who wants to sit in a bus full a people with germs?
If you think about it that way, of course it sounds terrible.
But, think about it this way: you and a bunch of others strangers are headed in the same direction to a similar destination.

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For example:
On a plane, when you are flying to your destination (maybe tropical vacation or for business); You don’t know what anyone else is doing when they get to their destination. All you know is, you probably paid the same amount of money to be on this plane (excluding business vs economy) headed to this place and you’re both going for completely different reasons.

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I’ve always found this quite interesting; And, I don’t really know why, but just that thought makes public transportation interesting to me.
Thanks for reading! 🙂
P.S. Like this post if you feel the same way or if you are the complete opposite.
-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Find Your Purpose!

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Let’s face it, sometimes you have a bad day (week, month, year, etc.) that you think will never end. But, think about it, they have all passed before, so why should this time be any different?

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Well, this time you can make it Better; By Finding Your Purpose.

Here’s how:
Think about something that gives you a sense of excitement and happiness every time you think about it.
Whatever it is, whether it’s: graduating, getting that dream job, going somewhere you’ve always wanted to go, starting a family, buying a house, buying a car, buying those awesome pairs of shoes you’ve always wanted, etc.
Anything that gives you a sense of excitement is connected to your purpose.

And, if you want to follow your dream and fulfill your purpose, work towards it with the things that make you happy and excited. Take little steps each day that will get you closer to your goal.
Obviously, it won’t be easy, but if you really want to find your purpose you will take the necessary steps to get there.

Every amazing success comes out of great determination, patience & excitement!

So… Get excited about your purpose because if it excites you, then it’s part of your future!

Thanks for reading!

 

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Age…

In society, since the beginning  (since, like, forever), age has played a HUGE role in establishing societal rules.
But, Why?

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Think about it: since forever: people have been slaves to their age. Waiting to be a certain age to: be king, drink, drive, get their first job, etc…
And, I think that the worst part is that:
1-the age to do certain things has changed drastically throughout the years
AND
2-it changes from place to place (even within the same country).

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I know some people say that the answer is: Maturity. But is that really THE answer.
So many other factors can influence the “legal” age of a place.
(Maturity is and should be a huge defining factor, but should it really be the only thing people think about when you tell them your age).

For example; If someone is 16-17 and has their first job, why should people treat them differently than someone who is 35 and has their first job?
Think about it: They are both being trained to do the same things for the first time in their life, so, Why should age matter?

And, after that, we have to look at education of a country.
For example; If the 16-17 year old in that scenario is still in school, but the 35 year old dropped out and never went back; Does this change the answer to the previous question?

And, lastly, we have to look at general background (criminal, family, culture…).
For example; If the 16-17 year old is an A+ (honor) student with a lot of volunteer experience, but the 35 year old dropout has a not so good record; Does this change the answer to the previous questions?

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All this just to tell you that; Next time you are talking to someone and you are surprised by their age (young or old); Ask them general questions about their education, culture, life goals, motivation, etc…

Remember: Education, Culture, Life goals and Motivation 
can tell you A LOT more about a person than their age!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Happy Canada Day!

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee

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O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!

Car ton bras sait porter l’épée,
Il sait porter la croix!

Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.

Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.

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WOW! Canada is 150 years old! And, the first (&only) fully bilingual country to reach this number! 
Think about it. How long have you lived on this earth?
Probably not as long, as the amount of years that Canada has been a country.
I mean you probably have to combine: your age, with your parents age, with your grandparents age, and, then, you have to make sure that all those relatives were/are bilingual, to at least get close to competing with Canada.

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-Let’s continue to treat Canada & all other countries on earth (we all deserve recognition) with pride, joy and respect!
Post in the comments below where you’re from & an interesting fact about your country!

 

 

-Live For Adventure! 🙂