Going Backwards…

When better feels backwards…
Maybe it’s not actually backwards
Maybe you missed something
Maybe it’s actually forward

When better feels backwards…
You’re actually moving forward
You’re always learning something
You’re being changed 

When better feels backwards…
You are being changed 
You are seeing yourself in a new environment
You are moving forward

When better feels backwards…
Remember that “better”
Is all relative
To perspective

When better feels backwards…
Going backwards can make you better
And, see life differently because
Maybe you’re actually moving forward

When better feels backwards…
You’re probably going forward
But, you’re perspective isn’t right
And, you need to take a step back

When better feels backwards… 
Sometimes painful moments are the most purposeful
Sometimes loss is the only way to gain
Because better is relative to purpose

When better feels backwards…
Maybe you’re purpose is changing
Maybe you’re life is about to change
So, embrace the direction

Whether it feels forward or backward…
It’s always better
It will always change you
Because sometimes backwards is forward…


If you’re in a season of life where you feel like you’re not going anywhere, and when you finally move, you feel like you’re going backwards; remember that sometimes you need to take a step back to get a new perspective in order to know how to move forward!

Thanks for reading!

P.S. This post was inspired by:
Do It Again
Haven’t Seen It Yet

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Surroundings… (Weekend Coffee Share)

Have you ever just sat somewhere and just observed your surroundings?

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Ya, me neither.
…Until a few hours ago…


And, that’s what I’m gonna talk about in this weekend’s coffee share because a few days ago I saw this one-word prompt idea, and the word was surroundings. So, during that day, I couldn’t help but observe my surroundings. And, here’s what I noticed:

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1- I was just sitting on the bus, when I realized that I never actually notice my surroundings. I’m usually just looking out the window, listening to music & waiting to arrive at my stop; just like most of the people I’m noticing right now.

2- I’m seeing all these people on the bus, heading to different places, with a different purpose.
They’re all, either, reading the newspaper, reading a book, texting, listening to music, sleeping, eating breakfast, etc.

3- I’m hearing some people talk about their week, if they know each other from seeing each other everyday.

4- I’m realizing that we are all sitting (or standing, if it’s crowded) on this bus for the same reason (to get somewhere).

5- All I can really understand is that we all need to get somewhere, & we don’t want to drive, or we don’t own a car.

6- I feel weird watching people because no one really interacts (except for the handful of people that do). But, I guess everyone is in their own world, so they won’t even notice someone starring at them (I’m not really starring, just glancing at people around me). They probably don’t even know I’m looking at them.

7- From watching everyone, I’m starting to just realize that we’re all just tired from our day & we just want to get home (Or it’s too early to interact with other humans).


All this, noticing my surroundings in this bus, got me thinking; What if the bus was free, & the only catch was that you had to talk to someone until your stop (at least just say hi)?

Just for some insight…
Where I live, the bus cost is $2.50. And, most people take the bus twice a day (to and from work), at least 5 to 6 days per week. That’s $25-$30 dollars every week. Which adds up to $100-$120 dollars per month.

So, in other words, everyone on this bus spends around $100 every month to sit and stare out the window. But, I now realize that it’s cheaper than gas for your car; and you’re technically saving the environment.


So, observing my surroundings made me realize that even though everyone seems to just be sitting in their own little bubble on the bus waiting to get to their stop, they are all contributing to saving the environment. And with gas prices now, they are actually saving money.

So, everyone I’ve observed on this bus actually have more in common than I thought.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post was insightful and gave you some food for thought about perspective on the little & overlooked things in life.

*Your surroundings are important; don’t overlook them; they can teach you a lot!*

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Learning how to chill…

So, stress is not fun at all.
And, learning that the hard way makes it even more stressful.

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While I was living in Chile, I learned that stressing about things is never a good response.
I learned to just go with the flow; to not always stress when things don’t happen on time or go exactly as planned.

And, during those 3 months abroad, I learned that being able to control stress is very important for any situation because it helps you relax and let go, even when everything around you seems out of place and you can’t control anything that happens.

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Throughout my travels, I learned that learning to relax feels great. It gives you a sense of calm in crazy situations that you don’t understand.
You see, each trip I’ve taken abroad has taught me something different about stress because being in a different country and in a different environment, helped me react to things differently and taught me how to react to things in a calm way.

For example: The past few months I spent in Chile taught me that not everything needs to be planned down to the last details (it taught me not to stress about ‘staying on schedule’). Sometimes being spontaneous is amazing, and it even helps you stress less because your not constantly thinking about what to do or say next.

This spontaneous attitude that I’ve gained has also taught me that 24 hours is a lot; you don’t always need to have an exact time to do something (you have the entire day).
All you need to do is just think about what you want to do that day; but don’t plan when you will do it or else you’ll stress yourself out and shut down completely.
At least, if you know what you want to do that day, you will find opportunities to get them done when you can during the day, without stressing about needing to get everything done at once.

. . .

“Life doesn’t need to follow a set calendar plan to the last details.
Sometimes being spontaneous helps you clear your mind of anxieties & just be happy with where you are right now in life.”

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Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Perspective… / A Day in Valparaiso, Chile!

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“Perspective changes everything!”

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So, recently I took a trip to Valparaiso, Chile & I had the best day there, just wandering the city! Here’s an “itinerary” of that trip:

1- I took the bus (1 hour) to Valparaiso alone, and didn’t get lost once!

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2- I explored and wandered the beautiful city of Valparaiso!

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3- My eyes were truly open to everything I saw today!

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4- I was completely present in the moment today, which made my adventuring, wandering & exploring so much better!

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5- Like the title & the picture hint: I got perspective thrown at me in multiple ways today!

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Perspective: The appearance of things relative to one another, as determined by their distance from the viewer.

So, the first picture you saw at the top of this page is a view standing from the top of a staircase in Valparaiso.
And, the next picture you saw at the top of this page is a view of the same staircase, but this time, standing right in front of it (instead of above it).

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You see, this is why perspective is such an important concept because things are always different from where someone is standing.
Just like in life. People see things differently because they’re in different places in their own lives, this means that everyone has a different perspective about some/most things.

Nothing is the same for everyone because we all perceive things differently, which means that we all experience life differently.
That’s perspective! Being different & accepting different perspectives of the same things.

The picture from above the staircase could be someone’s view of that staircase for their entire life. Whereas, the picture in front of the staircase could be someone  else’s view of it for their entire life. But, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t both seeing the same staircase, they are just looking at it from where they are currently standing.
And, most people would be fine with just seeing it from their perspective for their entire life, but, what I’m trying to encourage you to do after reading this post is: to always try and look at things from different perspectives because you never know what you could discover, just by shifting your focus.

“Don’t stay in the same spot for your whole life
(don’t stay at the top of the staircase for your entire life)!
Change your perspective
(come down & look at it from a different perspective)!”

Change your PERSPECTIVE! It might just change EVERYTHING!

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to search for a new perspective in your life!

P.S. Valparaiso is truly a beautiful city, & if you’re ever in Chile, I highly recommend taking a trip here to see this beautiful city for yourself! You won’t regret it, it will definitely help you understand the concept of perspective!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

It’s a big world out there!

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
— Astronomer Carl Sagan

. . .

So, I found this quote and wanted to share it because it makes me want to get up and travel somewhere, exploring the unknown parts of the world.
There’s a place out there in the world that has something incredible that is just waiting for you to discover it. Get out of your safe little bubble of the world you know and discover something new and unknown.
There’s something out there in the world that no one has discovered yet; maybe you could be the first (and possibly only).

  • I say, first, because more than half of the world hasn’t even been discovered yet, so you might be the one curious person near that place to discover a new hidden location.
    The world is big enough for you to find that one place you love that no one has seen before you.
  • And, I say, only, because since you discovered this new place, you can keep the hidden location a secret to yourself, or you can share it with the world; it’s your choice (I recommend sharing it because if it’s just sitting there waiting to be known, why not make it become known by many explorers).

The world is full of new things to explore!
It just takes one adventure for you to find them!
So, put that fear behind you and go explore the amazing unknown things this world has to offer!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to travel and to let go of any fear or doubts you have about exploring unknown places.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

An hour into my day!

The following post is just one hour into my day (through 15 minute intervals),
today-January 28, 2018.

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I’m going to start with the hour during & after lunch.

15:30 – Lunch time (by the way, I’m currently living in Chile & that is a normal lunch time). Today for lunch, I ate: stew with potatoes triangles, grated carrots, short-grain white rice, beef chunks, and minced garlic.
And, normally, I’m not a huge fan of stew, but this tasted pretty good (that could also be because I didn’t eat breakfast, but either way, it was good).

15:45 – Still just eating the stew, while listening to Spanish conversations and trying my hardest to understand them.
My brain is starting to get used to hearing Spanish (it’s not as foreign anymore, like during my first week here), but now, I need to train it to pick-up on important words to understand part of the conversation, so I’m not always completely lost (I think I’m slowly getting better at this).

16:00 – Lunch is over now and everyone is just doing their own things.
And, I get introduced to the world of “Samsung VR” for the first time.
And, I can definitely say that it’s VERY interesting, and addicting! It’s a whole new world! And, it’s really hard to explain because it consists’ of a headset/mask that you put on and only you can see what’s happening on the screen, so the experience is different for everyone. But, I can say that it’s definitely worth experiencing, at least once in your life!

16:15 – Still stuck in the Virtual Reality world! I told myself to explore it for a few minutes before going to take advantage of the beautiful sun and heat outside.

16:30 – Left the VR world, to go take a walk outside, under the beautiful sun and in the amazing 35 degree heat in January!
It’s so beautiful and peaceful; with the wind blowing, the birds chirping, the cars honking, the palm trees swaying, the kids playing, the people chatting and going places. Everything and everyone around me is enjoying their summer vacation and weather, and so am I. I love it here!
P.S. That “walk” lasted 2 hours. I just explored random things and walked around and bought souvenirs.

And, that was an hour insight into my day, today; January 28, 2018.

Thanks for reading!
Let me know, in the comments below, if you like these types of posts.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Seeing…

Seeing something with your own eyes is always better!

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I came across this image earlier today, and I just had to share it because it’s so great.

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“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see”

If you’re even remotely considering traveling abroad, just go.

  • Don’t ask people for their opinion, unless they’ve been to that country and they love traveling, or else you will get discouraged before you even book your ticket.
    Go form your own opinion while being in your chosen country!
  • And, although it is a good idea to be informed about the country you are going to, don’t watch too much news about that country.
    News people love to create a good story, so chances are they’re exaggerating some of the details.
  • Be informed, but keep some learning for when you arrive in the country.
    Don’t learn everything before you go because learning abroad is much more fun and rewarding.
  • You also need to pick a country that you really want to visit, so no one can discourage you from going.
  • And, then, don’t think about it too much, just go see for yourself because anything anyone says is a biased opinion about their experiences or thoughts about that country.
    You will probably (most definitely) have a completely different experience.
  • Lastly, travel is a personal decision and only you can decide if you want to or not because only you will be changed in your own specific way in the country you choose.
    It’s your adventure!
    But, one thing that I can say from experience is, that once you decide to go see another country, you will never be able to un-see it. The experience of traveling and exploring that country will stay with you forever. Luckily, it’s an amazing experience and the memories will will leave you wanting to travel even more!

So, as the picture says:

Don’t listen to what they say!
Go see for yourself!
Go travel and explore a new & different country!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to travel and experience something new!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

A cup of coffee…

A different type of post that I haven’t done yet on this blog, but I wanted to try it out.
Let me know what you think in the comments (when you finish reading).

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I’m just going to write what-ever and how-ever I would, as if we are best friends just casually meeting for a cup of coffee to catch-up. Here’s what I would tell you:

. . .

Hey! 🙂
So, as you probably know, I am currently living in Chile and I am loving every second of it. But, I didn’t always feel this way.
. . .
A few weeks before this trip, I was super excited and I couldn’t wait.
And, then, I went to drop off my uniform and keys at work (where I worked for almost 8 months), and that’s where it really hit me.
I was just working at this job, waiting for something better to come my way. And, now, it was finally happening.
I was quitting my job to go live in another country (that’s been an item on my bucket list for a while and I was finally going to fulfill this life-long bucket list goal)!
But, although I was VERY excited, I kept thinking:
Am I ready for this new adventure? This is something I’ve never done before? I mean, sure I’ve lived in another province and traveled to many different countries, but, that was still in my home country or with people I knew. This was completely new, different and alone, What is it going to be like?

I had no idea what to expect.
I was nervous and excited and anxious, all at the same time!
But, I was leaving in a few days, and I was ready!
Nothing was going to change my mind.
I wanted to experience this new adventure, no matter how nervous or anxious it made me!

And, although, I was nervous, I used those nerves to keep me excited until I got on that first plane on my way to Chile. And, although I’ve been on many planes, that plane ride was probably the most confusing one for me because I was excited and nervous (I’ve never been nervous on a plane before this moment). Because I just knew that once I landed, there was no turning back (I’m not one to give-up, I was going to experience this journey until the end). I would just have to fight through any culture shock that came my way (this was harder than I thought for the first few days/week).
But, I kept reminding myself:

“Don’t be afraid of the unknown; It won’t be unknown forever, just take that step into it and learn about it!”

So, that’s what I did every time I felt culture shock; I learned something from it.
And, since that confusing travel day, I’ve been living here for exactly one month today.
And, I can definitely say that living in a new country is VERY exciting (I’m loving it so far).
But, it also has it’s tough moments.
The biggest moment for me was the language, although that’s also the reason why I’m here (to practice and learn more Spanish). Sometimes it can be frustrating to learn a new language because people will want you to speak their language, but they will also make fun of you for your accent and the mistakes you make.
But, I’ve learned that, that’s just part of learning and becoming fluent in a new language.

“Laughing with others at your own accent & mistakes will help you learn so much more (about yourself, the language & the culture).”

And, today, after living here for one full month, I can really say:
“This new adventure has been amazing so far. I’m so glad that I didn’t let those nerves stop me from coming here, & that I didn’t give up when the language got too difficult because this is definitely one of the best trips I’ve ever taken (and I still have 2 months to go). I’m SO excited for the next 2 months”.

…And, that’s what I would say…


Thanks for reading!

I hope this post inspired you to get over what-ever fears you have about traveling because I promise you that it will be the best decision you ever will ever make.

Now, it’s your turn:
If we met for coffee, What would YOU tell ME? (comment below or email your answer, whichever way you prefer to chat)

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

The world around me…

So, for today’s post, I decided to observe the most popular place of the town where I’m currently living.

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So, I’m just sitting here in the middle of “La Plaza de Armas” in Quillota, Chile, eating manjar ice cream in 30 degree Celsius weather, in the middle of January.

. . .

It’s currently summer here in Chile which means everyone is either, enjoying their vacation or just continuing with their work and daily life.
But, either way, for me, the following is what I’m observing and hearing:

  • People getting off work
  • People walking with their families/friends
  • People shopping
  • Kids playing, laughing, running, swinging, etc.
  • People taking naps under the palm trees
  • Music playing
  • People selling things (like, ice cream)
  • People dancing
  • People performing
  • Birds chirping
  • Taxis and buses honking

Those are all just regular everyday things, but sometimes the simple things can be the most interesting; I’ve just learned a lot about the culture of this country by people watching and writing this post.
And, I know, I know, those are just normal things you would observe in any town during the summer but, what makes it different to me, is that it’s all happening in Spanish (and the fact it’s summer in January).

Below I’ve included a few pictures of my current surroundings:

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Thanks for reading!

-What does the world around you look like right now? (Answer below with a picture or sentence of what you see and hear right now).

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Learning…

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For the record: I don’t know the person that posted the previous tweet, but I very much agree with it.
Here’s why:

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As a high school and college graduate, I do think education is important to start your life by learning the basics.
But, as a traveler, I know that I still have a lot to learn. And, the more I travel, the more this reveals itself to me more and more every day.

You see, I’ve realized that once you start to travel to different countries in the world, you will truly realize that all those things you learned in school were average knowledge to get you started with your life.

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This is why I started to travel and write in this blog; because I wanted to encourage people to travel and always keep exploring and learning, no matter how smart they think they are. There’s always something out there in the world that you can learn (it’s big enough, you’ll find something).

. . .

Now, I’m not saying that you should quit school and just travel (don’t do that).
What I’m saying is: Don’t think that just because you have the best diploma out there means you know everything.
Think about it this way: “If you can’t speak every language in the world, you still have a lot to learn.” (that’s a little exaggerated, but you get the point).

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Thanks for reading!
I hope this post made you think, & inspired you to keep exploring & learning!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Where I write…

Place, setting, object, method, etc.

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Many bloggers have specific settings where they write and what they use (laptop, tablet, phone, notepad, etc.).

They have an ideal place they go to write about a specific subject using their ideal method of choice.

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I applaud those bloggers because I am not one of those bloggers.

Today, I am writing this post, in the middle of the day, sitting on a bench in the middle of Chile. Yesterday, I wrote a post, late at night, laying on my bed. Tomorrow, I have no idea where I will write.

I write any where & any time using any device I have nearby. I just write whenever I get an idea because I don’t want to forget any of the ideas I get on the spot; they usually turn out to be the best ones.

So, I guess that’s where I write: Anywhere.

I feel like it gives me more creativity to write about my surroundings, instead of always being in the same place (but I understand that having a set work place is probably good for some people, just not me).

. . .

So, Where do you write? (comment below with your ideal writing setting)

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Continue reading “Where I write…”

The Train Station

For today’s post, I was given an image to form a thought about, and write whatever came to mind. So, my thought when seeing the picture above was: “Life is like a train station!”.

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A train station: A place where people just get off one train to get on another train to get to another destination. But, is that are they are? No.

Yes, some of the people here, you will get to meet, and others will remain strangers. And, most people dislike train stations because they’re boring or too crowded, but I think they play an important role in your journey to your final destination (you don’t have to wait to arrive at your destination to learn something).

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You don’t know where people are coming from, or where they’re going, but, they had an important role to play in your journey, and you played an important role in their journey.

You see… in train stations:
You’re just coming from somewhere to go to a different destination.
And, you meet different/specific people along the way.
And, you learn different lessons.
And then, life keeps moving.

But, even though life keeps moving, that train station was an important stop-over in your journey to your next great destination.

Thanks for reading!
Remember: Stop-overs are important steps in your journey to your final destination!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Dear younger me,

          Hey you! I know you think that your life’s not going super great right now, and I wish I could tell you all the mistakes I’ve made, all the mistakes you will make, all the pain you will feel and just everything to help you have a perfect life & be one step ahead.
I would tell you how everything’s going to turn out. I would tell you exactly what to do. I would tell you that your life is never going to be perfect. I would tell you that you are always going to be different. I would tell you how to live your perfect and best life.

I would give you all the answers you want to hear!

But, to be honest, I still don’t have all the answers.
Instead, I’m just going to tell you to never be afraid; just be you and make your life decisions to the best of your abilities and knowledge because that will make you happy and it will create a life you will be proud of. If you make your own decisions, you will create your life and no one else’s and that will make you proud and happy.

There’s nothing I could tell you that will change your life because the decisions you make today will make the future you, YOU.
Life is a series of decisions we make and those decisions impact who we become; decisions are an important part of our life journey. Stop trying to create the perfect life for yourself, just start winging it and making the decisions you think are best for you in this moment.

~Don’t be afraid to make choices because they are what make you unique and create an amazing life for yourself.~

I know that right now, you might think that you need all the answers so you don’t mess up, but let me tell you that whatever happens is not your fault.
Ya, sure it was your decision that led you here, but that doesn’t mean you made a mistake. Every decision you make will help you learn and make you better, which will help you make even better decisions in the future. Don’t let your past mistakes scare you from making great future decisions; you are making the decisions that you believe are right and those decisions will give you the life you deserve and have created for yourself. Don’t let life scare you, just keep living it one day at a time; and I promise, one day you’ll look back and wonder how you got here.
Every decision you make is leading you to a different situation that you don’t know anything about, so you can’t possibly know what to do, but don’t be scared. The unknown future doesn’t have to be scary, it can actually be quite exciting, just don’t stress!

~Your life is not a mistake.~
~The decisions you made to get here were not mistakes!~
~Every decision you make is a step forward, even if it doesn’t feel like it in the moment!~

I know, it might seem scary to have so much control over your life, but if you’re ever in a funk about making decisions, just remember to think about the life you want and deserve, and make your decisions based on that, because you know deep down what you really deserve and what you really want. 

REMEMBER:
You got this!
You can do it!
You are amazing!
Just look how far you’ve come; You’re doing great!

Okay, now that you know you’re doing great, stop looking back at how far you’ve come, it’s good encouragement but, you need to start looking at all the amazing things you have left to accomplish! Start making those amazing decisions!

Sincerely,

Future you, that realizes that her life turned out pretty GREAT!
Thank You for all your hard work and for never giving up! 🙂

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Thanks for reading!

Now it’s your turn: What would YOU tell your younger self?
(write it in the comments or post on your own blog: A Letter to Your Younger Self)


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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The Unknown… 

I’m tired of feeling stuck! I want to travel & experience new & different things!

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I’m tired of living in this bubble of what I know about the world. I am starting to get tired of my comfort zone (I think this is a sign that I need to change something). I want to travel & explore the world because I want to learn more about the unknown.
The bubble that I live was a great place to grow up in, but, now I am ready to grow/change outside of my comfort zone.

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After the few trips abroad that I’ve taken, I now realize that everyone should try & grow outside of their comfort zone because it’s the only way to truly learn who you are, while also learning that the safe bubble you currently live in is not an accurate representation of yourself and the world.
There’s a whole world out there waiting for you to discover it & learn the truth about yourself and the world you live in!

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Sometimes we need to let go & move on; away from what we know because there’s so much that we still don’t know.
We must travel & see new things to keep growing!

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Some people will say that they grow during different seasons of their life, but I know (from experience), that it’s a different type of growth.
You see, growing inside your comfort zone during a different period in your life is vastly different than growing outside your comfort during different periods in your life.

When you grow outside of your comfort zone, in the unknown, you are not only growing during a different period in your life, you are learning, growing, exploring and realizing that you are different than you thought.

You are growing during a different period in your life in a completely new environment.

If you’re scared to step out into the unknown, you need to realize that being scared means that you’re too comfortable where you are and should really consider stepping out.
And, if you’re scared because you don’t know what will happen, that’s perfect!
That’s why it’s called “the unknown”, you shouldn’t know what’s going to happen next.
That’s what makes stepping out into the next chapter of your life so exciting; you are completely oblivious to what will happen next (just like traveling; you can plan a trip as much a you want, but when you arrive at your destination your plans could change drastically, & there’s nothing you can do about it, it will inevitably happen). But, that’s what makes traveling so exciting (at least, for me), going with the flow & living in the moment.

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Anyways, all this to say:
Please don’t be afraid of the unknown! I know it can be scary at first, but who knows what can happen if you just take that step you’ve always been scared to take! The only way to find out is to:

Step out into the unknown!

 

Thank for reading! I hope this post encouraged you in some way! Now, get out there and:


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂