explore for the soul

 

"You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to loose sight of the shore"

- Christopher Columbus

 

Just a little inspiration for today

This stands true for anything you do in life. If you feel like you are at a crossroad in your life or possibly just feeling unmotivated or stuck, get out and explore to gain clarity. 

I've always incorporated exploration into my life. Whether it be exploring a new city for the best damn coffee shop a girl can find (& croissant) or getting out in nature for a hike with friends or in solitude. These are just some of the simplest ways you can explore your own surroundings. 

My suggestion would be that instead of going to the same place you always do for lunch, why not go exploring in another area of your neighbourhood and find a new hot spot...it just might surprise and delight you.

Often times we get stuck in the same routine and then we feel like the world around us is speeding by. Although this is often the case (because we live in a fast-paced world), this feeling can be attributed to doing the same things day-in and day-out, and failing to shake things up.

I know that when I get into a routine, it can be a good and bad thing. Sure it adds structure and stability to your life; but exploration can be the cure (you didn't know existed) to a lot of your problems.

Helpful Benefits : Exploration

  • Expands your imagination
  • Offers clarity when you feel overwhelmed
  • Can lead you to something or someone wonderful
  • Provides a break from the mundane
  • Keeps you on your toes
  • Gives you more to talk about with others
  • Can turn you into an expert (if you constantly explore your own city/surroundings) you may just become the go-to person
  • Will definitely give you new perspective
  • Opens up new cultures 
  • Brings new meaning and value to your life
  • Is guaranteed to put a smile on your face
  • Calmness and peace (if in nature or exploring alone)
  • Pumps up the adrenaline (depending on where you are and what you are doing)
  • Makes you a more interesting person

So get out there and explore. What are you waiting for?

Let me know where you go and what you encounter. I love new suggestions of places to go and check out :)

Happy holidays!!

Andrea xx

leaving on a jet plane

Going to India was never about "finding myself" or becoming a yogi, as so many people do. Travel is simply a part of who I am.

Traveling to a country so far removed from the culture and surroundings I'm accustomed to, is extremely thrilling. For me, getting on a plane to somewhere unknown is like a freshly brewed pot of coffee in the early morning- it's just so satisfying. 

Over the years, it's been common for people in my life to question why or how I can travel so much. I often have the questions on repeat: "when are you going to get a real job?" or "how come you haven't bought a place yet?", or "how are you able to travel so much?". Let me be clear once and for all-  I make travel a priority over things, just like people buy fancy cars when they can't even pay their visa bill! Looking good and maintaining a certain image is THEIR thing... 

To travel is a choice. To see the world is a choice. I choose it. 

If you have a bucket list or a dream destination that you want to check out- stop TALKING about it and go and do it. Take action- you'd be surprised at what's waiting for you once you take the leap. Have faith that everything will work out how it's meant to be.

I leave you with a poem called "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost...

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
And sorry I could not travel both 
And be one traveler, long I stood 
And looked down one as far as I could 
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

Then took the other, as just as fair, 
And having perhaps the better claim 
Because it was grassy and wanted wear; 
Though as for that, the passing there 
Had worn them really about the same, 

And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black.
 
Oh, I marked the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way 
I doubted if I should ever come back.
 

I shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, 
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.