travel more. worry less.

Traveling has changed me.

As a child I was fortunate enough to go on frequent family vacations. I am forever thankful to my parents for providing me with those opportunities. Together we created memories that will last a life time. Something to look back on and reminisce about.

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Although these trips have been special, I believe traveling as a young adult is different. It strengthens you. It allows you to grow and get cultured. It makes you appreciate the little things. And it ultimately defines the rest of your life.

As you know, over the past year and a half I’ve done a bit of traveling to Europe (Finding the Inspiration) to visit my boyfriend. I’ve always been a nervous flyer. I don’t enjoy being on a plane, especially when I’m by myself, surrounded by complete strangers. What am I supposed to do for 7 hours? Who can I talk to? Where do I go when I get off the plane? Will I have enough money? What if I get lost? These thoughts floated around in my head incessantly. Until I decided to let go. I chose to let these worries escape me and learned how to go with the flow (a skill that is difficult to master). It ultimately opened my eyes and changed my attitude into a more care-free, positive, enriched attitude.

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I’ve discovered new things about myself that will stay with me throughout my life. Lessons that I’ll be able to hopefully one day share with my children. Ideas and thoughts that I would like to share with you now.

5 things traveling has taught me:

  1. Experiences over Material things. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to shop. But, I’ve learned to recognize my needs vs. my wants. Happiness isn’t about getting those pair of shoes you’ll probably never wear, or that new handbag that is similar to another one you already have in your closet. Happiness is about making memories and embracing new experiences. My travels have taught me to buy experiences, not things.
  2. Taking a break from social media is okay. We have become so dependent on our phones and computers, that we often forget how to live our life free of them. I’ll admit, I’m still learning to master this. But, traveling has taught me to break free from social media and take time to enjoy what I’m doing, in the moment, rather than spending my time showing everyone else what I’m doing.
  3. The best restaurants are hidden away from tourist attractions. If you’re looking for delicious food at an affordable price, avoid the high traffic tourist areas. Yes, it might be nice to sit under the Eiffel Tower for dinner, but you’ll pay the price for it and it probably won’t be the greatest food. In my opinion, I got more joy out of stumbling upon a small, quaint restaurant down a cobblestone alley than going to a fancy, extravagant lounge.
  4. Step out of your comfort zone. Meet new people. Try different foods. Speak the language. Be adventurous. Say yes. In our lives, we often get scared of trying new things. But, I’ve come to learn that the magic happens outside of your comfort zone. This March, Justin and I are traveling around Switzerland and we decided to go paragliding during our time in Interlaken. I’m terrified. But I know it’s going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
  5. Appreciate the beauty. Breathe in the culture and nature while you’re visiting a new place. Sometimes you have to put your camera down and just enjoy where you are, who you’re with and what you’re looking at. Let it sink in and envelop you. Because that is what you’ll carry with you forever.

I’m sure as a take flight and explore new destinations, I’ll add more lessons to this list. I look forward to exploring and experiencing life the best way I know possible.

melt when you smile, dissolve when you laugh


Where do I even begin. I remember watching this video for the first time back in college – when I was just a simple 18 year old girl, who had a lot of growing up to do. A time where I also had no idea what the concept of ‘love’ really entailed. I think it’s still a learning process for me, as I’m sure it is for everyone else in this world. But now, watching this video back as a 24 year old woman, there’s a lot I’ve come to realize.

First… In a relationship, you make sacrifices and compromises for the one you care about (I’m not just talking about romantic relationships here, but also friend and family relationships). It’s so easy for people to just give up and not solve problems that they are encountered with in life. I’ve lost a fair amount of friends and boyfriends for similar reasons to this. At first it’s devastating and it hurts, a lot. Because after all, aren’t they the ones you thought cared for you the most? It’s a difficult situation to handle. But when this happens, I think it’s just proof (a sign, if you will) that this person didn’t belong in your life to begin with. They say everything happens for a reason. Maybe them choosing to leave your side is evidence that they were never really meant to be by your side in the first place. The ever so beautiful Marilyn Monroe once said, that “sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

Second… I strongly believe in fighting for what you love. If you care for something or someone, you’re going to do everything in your power to hang onto that. No ifs, ands or buts. If someone isn’t willing to give and take a little then it just confirms that they aren’t willing to care to their fullest potential for you, which may mean it’s time to move on. This is really scary for people to comprehend sometimes (myself included).

This leads into the third (and most important) thing…don’t lose hope. There’s nothing more fragile and uncertain in life than love. One second, things can be so perfect and the next things fall apart. There are times when I lose hope and wonder if my other half even exists in this crazy place. But, I’ve come to realize how important it is to savour every moment in life. And when you have that person or thing you’ve dreamed of for so long, don’t take it for granted.

At the end of the day, we all want to experience that, “overwhelming, undying, overpowering, unconditional, all-encompassing, heart enriching, mind-expanding, ongoing, never-ending love” for someone. All it takes is a little hope and patience.

Hopefully this video helped you all have a little more faith…