"Don't live your life by somebody else's rules. Create your own play book.
There's no need to play it safe. Life is meant to be an adventure!"
.....I scribbled these words down in my journal last month while traveling through Europe. During a sleepless night in Paris, it dawned on me that we had spent 4 weeks of the last 10 months in Europe. A place I grew up in and hold dear in my heart, but over the last few years had pretty much given up hope that it would be a big part of my life going forward. Until, we made a conscious effort to do so. We live in a society that prioritizes driving a fancy car, going out to expensive dinners, and filling your house with stuff. But, one thing I've realized is that the more stuff you have, the more trapped you become by your possessions and the less free you are to roam this great Earth.
Devin and I talk about this idea a lot and really try to live in a minimalist way so that we can put our time, money and energy towards creating beautiful experiences. I would much rather have a heart full of memories and mis-adventures in foreign lands than a closet full of Hermes handbags.
Riding the flying swings above Paris on a sunny July day....pure JOY!
In this modern world full of lots of opportunities, also comes lots of hard choices. How you choose to spend your time, your money, your energy -- it's all up to YOU. Every now and then, I find it extremely helpful to take a pause to check in and make sure that I'm doing what's right for me. It's easy to get caught up in the pull of other people's wants, demands and wishes for your life. But, I find it ever so important to remember that you only get one shot at this thing called life and it should be truly yours.
Add a dash of adventure and all of a sudden, you're living your best, most authentic, most daringly courageous life!