Loving the Journey

Recently, I was asked the meaning behind my blog title. The word journey means different things to different people. For me, it’s continuing story of my trip to Cape Town, South Africa.

This trip was the most life-changing experience for me, in every definition of the cliche.

A group of us traveled through home-stays understanding and appreciating the beautiful country of South. Our guide directors instilled a few theme lessons during the trip: one being “Trust the Journey.” We learned and were constantly reminded that every step of the trip was part of the journey. From the selection interview to participate in the trip, to the pre-homework, the 18 hours of flying to finally reach Cape Town, all the emotions and experiences of the 7 week trip, and even the departure. It was all part of the journey. Each emotional, frightening, exciting or aggravating step was part of the journey – accept it as such and keep going.

This lesson was ingrained in us during our scavenger hunt our first full day in a foreign city. Yeah, I wrote a post about that one, you can read it later (here).

We brought it up ourselves in laughs and irritations.

Finally after the most incredible 7 weeks, we began our departure. We fly from Cape Town to Johannesburg, and then had to catch a connecting flight to New York. It was a long 7 weeks. We were exhausted. But we still had another flight or two to actually get home. As we rushed to catch our connection, security slowed us down. The large bags and other items had to be scanned. Ugh!

But then we looked up, and laughed. On the wall at the Johannesburg airport was the sign “Love the Journey.” It was way too perfect. Yes, this airport crazy was part of the journey too!

For me, the journey wasn’t just the trip. It didn’t ended when I arrived home. My experience on this trip impacted me in more ways than I probably grasp now. I opened up a bit more as person. I understood more about myself and the world. And I gained a thirst for travel.

This blog connects all of those lessons I learned, and more. It’s my way of inspiring myself and hopefully to inspire you a bit.

Read my previous Trust the Journey post for a bit more about the trip.

Welcome to Someday

What does it take to truly start living the way you want? How do you start ticking off those life goals and travel destinations from your bucket list?

I admire those people who have that natural let’s go attitude. You see them bouncing around doing one crazy thing after the next. For me, I need a bit more self-talk. I think things over, consider all the “what ifs”, and then after letting it stew in my head for a while I’ll go do it. Or if I wait too long I just never do it. It’s okay I’ll do it “someday” – I tell myself.

But when does someday happen? How do we know when it’s here?

Honestly sometimes, I annoy myself. I can picture myself with a fun lifestyle. But what lock do I need to open to set myself free? What will it take to have the life I want? 

Recently I’ve begun to ponder these questions even more. I’ve sat in frustration over my monotonous day to day life. It was unfulfilling. Something was missing. I could picture my dreams, but I can’t quite get there. I’m at that sort of pause in my life where I’ve taken a step back to think about my goals. I may be in mid-twenties, but I still have to re-evaluate what I want to do when I grow up.

Meditation 

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It was time for self-exploration, which for me meant journaling and meditation. I started Deepak Chopra’s 22-part meditation for “Getting UnStuck: Creating a Limitless Life.” Through it, I’ve allowed myself to face what was holding me back. We all have scars and phrases we’ve internalized throughout our lives. It’s easy to hide behind them. Believe me, I have. I’ve closed myself into a box, at times I even climbed into a smaller box inside that other box. Taking it a step further, I began to accept the past as past and let it go. Then the next step: opening yourself up to the creativity around you.

A few funny things happened during this process. Others around me opened up too further supporting my lessons for healing and acceptance.

Vision Board 

Then I read an article about creating a vision board. I had thought about it before, and it was finally time to do it. The article advised readers to grab all the magazines and a pair of scissors, and then just cut out any images or words that speak out to you. Cut out those pretty things that make you smile, or words that motivate you to make things happen. Clear your mind of inhibitions and just cut. So I did just that.

After I scoured through every magazine I had, I spread out my clippings on a poster board. It was quite impressive.

I had clipped out images and words of strength. Those words are my personal promise to dedicate time for my 
physical therapy. I have an injury that at times has gotten in the way of me moving forward. I can heal, but this too has been a “one of these days” or “someday” thing. The time is now to focus on it.  This way my  “someday” can carry me into greater adventures, like traveling.

In my quiet concentration, I had also clipped out the Northern Lights in Alaska, a night city view of Rio de Janiero, a rainbow in a rain forest in Costa Rica, and the ocean by Hawaii.

I added words to appreciate my inner beauty. There’s love and family. There’s nature and the wild.

For me, this vision board isn’t a timeline. It’s not even just goals. It the beautiful thoughts and ideas I want in my life. It’s a way to call out to the universe. The things is these have always been my goals and dreams. I’ve always known them. But bringing them to life is empowering. It’s me accepting that this is what I want … and more importantly says YES to it.

Women on Adventures 

Incredible things happen when you open yourself up. During this process of meditating, and creating a vision board I also got to know a friend. She started a pretty cool group called Women on Adventures. It’s a network that encourages women to “Get Out, Get Connected.” How perfect! I’ll definitely be sharing fun adventures from my trip with this group!

 

Welcome to Someday

This brings me back to the title of this post. I’m ready for that “someday” I was always waiting for. Today is someday. It’s time for some crazy adventures. Maybe like surfing with Women on Adventures in San Diego ….