Giving Myself One Of The Best Gifts: A New Experience
Surrounding myself with ambitious, inspirational and wide-eyed souls
Going on this adventure, so far, has taught me that life doesn’t have a standard blue print. The only “standard” is that you – and only you – have the power to make it whatever you want. And DON’T think that you can’t do it. You don’t have to do it alone, either. There are so many people in this world and a lot of them are willing to contribute to your success. You just have to define what success means to you.
After I said “yes” to going on this cruise, I knew that I just opened so many doors to so many opportunities. I just didn’t know how big of an impact it would have on me and as I write this now it’s only been 3 days since I left my home in Seattle. I’ve already made so many incredible connections:
* Danielle from New York who teaches English online with VIPKID and her boyfriend Andres from Panama, Instagram superstar
* Brandon also from New York and teaches English with the same company but also has an e-commerce business
* Stella from Germany started a foundation that provides work opportunities for women of war in Uganda, creating jewelry to raise money to send their children to school as well as to live a sustainable life
* Alvaro, a biologist from Spain, started a conservation foundation in Costa Rica
* Erin from Portland who is a video journalist and works with Lina & Johannes on the Nomad Cruise
* Xylia, also from Portland, is a business consultant who has been nomadic for 9 months and following in her father’s footsteps as a roaming gypsy. She’s also pretty much a carbon copy of me!
… Just to name a few.
Everyone at this convention works on something different, and they have one thing in common that brings me joy: no, it’s not that they all are (or are working on) living location independent. It’s actually the fact that they are all willing to share their ideas and advice on how to live this lifestyle. They’re human beings like you and me, and they have a special desire for their lives: to not settle for what others want for them but to become something bigger than themselves.
What would you do if you were guided the way? What would you do with this valuable information? Do you think that you would keep living the conventional life you grew up knowing? How will these ideas inspire you to make your contribution in making a meaningful life? How will you write that letter to yourself on your deathbed: a regretful letter? Or a celebratory letter?
I ask myself these questions all the time and I just may have the answers after this trip. After this cruise, I have no idea where my life is headed, but I will arrive home with a new sense of purpose. A new sense of confidence and determination. I will also arrive knowing I’ve made a bunch of awesome new friends from all over the world.