Today I would like to introduce you to one of my new favourite TED talks given by Mel Robbins, motivational and keynote speaker and creator of the 5 second rule. Let’s start with a quote from the talk:
“When you feel stuck or dissatisfied in your life, it’s a signal. And it’s not a signal that your life is broken, it’s a signal that one of your most basic needs are not being met – your need for exploration. Everything about your life, about your body grows – everything grows for your entire life. Your soul needs exploration and growth. The only way you’ll get it is by forcing yourself to be uncomfortable. Forcing yourself to get outside, out of your head.”
With this Mel is telling you that if you have an idea, how stupid it may appear or how infeasible it sounds, do it! But don’t think about it too much. You only have five seconds until your comfort zone steps in and forces you to rather cuddle up in bed and stay where you are.
There are many ideas that can’t be accomplished or even started in five seconds but if you just cling to the idea and start imagining it come to life, you’ve already overcome most of your doubts and inner fears.
Thinking about moving abroad? Hell yeah, why not give it a real thought! Deliberating whether to change your career entirely? Get online or talk to your friends and family to figure out options. Our lives are not meant to be lived in a rut. If you hate having the same kind of routine day in and day out, do something about it! Small changes can alter your whole perspective on life. Take a different route to work, have cereal instead of toast, talk to colleagues you haven’t ever chatted with before. It’s about those small and almost unnoticeable changes that really make an impact in your life and how you perceive it.
If there’s anything you don’t want to do to get you just one step closer to what you really want to achieve, get out there and just do it.
Tired of reading through my blogposts? You don’t have time to properly get educated about the beauty of travel or are in serious need of some distraction during your morning commute?
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In 2014, the two wanderers decided to leave their “big kid jobs” and dedicate their lives to traveling, their first stop being South America. Since then they live and breathe an insatiable urge to travel and share their experiences with us. Travel has changed and impacted them in a positive way, has forever shaped the way they see the world and last but not least, while traveling they have managed to discover what it means to be truly happy.
To end with their very own words: Join them as they explore, learn, grown and seek happiness through travel and adventure!
Today’s post brings you back to my trip to Canada. As I mentioned before, I had a long bucket list with things I wanted to see and do. But the main reason I went to Canada was my friend’s wedding. So planning an itinerary was inappropriate and almost impossible. In everyday life, I am an avid and notorious planner. Checking off to do lists makes me happy and seeing progress just keeps me going. I also plan my trips. Right after booking a flight I ALWAYS immediately buy a travel guide. I relish this time of anticipation and daydreaming about the new adventures and experiences. But, I never plan too much. Like when I was planning my trip to Asia. It is all about doing the right amount of planning. Knowing where you want to go? Yes. Planning out every single hour of every single day? No. At least not for me.
Back to Canada – we had a frickin’ wedding to plan. Well, the planning was done so it all had to be put into place now. The wedding was being held on the family’s land so we did everything ourselves – the decoration, the setting up of the tent, the tables and the bar, planning every detail for the ceremony and the party and on top of all of that memorizing a flashmob-type choreography for the first dance.
While we were doing all of that, I got to see the most beautiful places in all of Alberta. Before we knew it, we had been to Lake Louise, seen Canmore and had a couple of beers in a local pub there, taken a roadtrip on the Icefields Parkway through Banff and Jasper National Park all the way up to the Athabasca Glacier and the Glacier Skywalk, did all my shopping of my favourite North-American brands (yep, always a must!) and visited a traditional bull riding contest in rural Cochrane. That’s six items of my bucket list in only three days.
What I learned from this, is that while traveling I will always let go of my finicky and detail oriented character traits. Eventually, everything fell into place without even trying. For our trips as well as for the wedding. These two weeks were definitely the highlight of this year for me. A country as magnificent as Canada and a wedding that couldn’t have been any more perfect, personal and memorable. As Corrie said, we just went with the ebb and flow of the crazy busy days and everything turned out exactly the way we imagined.
Here’s a little snapshot aka my first attempt at videography:
In case you’re wondering, I am not the biggest Taylor Swift fan – the song was part of my bridesmaid’s “speech” for the wedding.
Well, I can’t deny it anymore. I am a soon-to-graduate master’s student in Global Communications Management. Our graduation ball is over and the dissertation madness has already kicked in. More and more people approach me with the same question all over again: “So, what are you going to do once you graduate?”. I answer with a shrug, mostly replying that the world is my oyster and I would go anywhere. Sounds like the perfect situation, ha? It is, but it is also pretty terrifying. Going anywhere means being on your own. Sure, you will meet new people and explore new places but that is not always easy. Settling in to a new culture, trying to make friends outside your work and making an often very foreign place your home.
As scared as I am and as much as I might be peeing my pants, that is what I am longing for. I have often asked myself whether I should just go home and take some time off before the next adventure. A little recharging from all the stress and building up the courage to leave again. Yet another time of organising a life in a place where I’ve most probably never been, another set of goodbyes, spending the last days at home with nervousness and then finally taking off again.
Or, why not stay put where I am right now? I am pretty sure there are loads of opportunities just waiting around the corner. Could be a safe and easy option! To be honest, the sheer thought of that makes me itchy. Sometimes I wonder if I will ever be able to settle down somewhere. When will this life of exhaustion combined with a constant urge to move and explore diminish? I RELISH this life but it often makes your life challenging. YAY, you moved to a new place and you can’t wait to explore. And then everyday life kicks in. All you want is to put your feet up and watch a movie. Which is okay! But when you make that decision to sacrifice a lot of things to move abroad you feel you have to make that worthwhile. So you constantly feel restless in your home caused by the oh-so-popular fear of missing out.
But, in the end I just feel blissful. I am lucky and blessed having the privilege to live this life.
I know everything will turn out even better than I could have ever imagined. My past adventures have taught me that these kinds of times are often the perfect opportunities to find something better, something that wouldn’t have ever crossed my path otherwise. It’s humbling to know how big the world is and how many opportunities could be waiting out there. None of it is out of your reach though, after all, the world is a tangible place and those who are brave enough can explore it to its most secluded corners.
Let’s talk Wales then. If we’re all honest, most of use aren’t quite sure what Wales really is. Sure, it’s part of the United Kingdom but is it a country, a state or a province? It is a country and a quite underrated one. Before coming to Wales to study my Master’s degree in Cardiff, I didn’t know a lot about Wales. Pictures of green hills, sheep and rain came to my mind. Mostly empty, untouched land. I knew about Snowdonia, its famous national park and I knew that Cardiff was its capital city. But I didn’t really know what I was in for coming to this place.
Yes, Wales is all about charming. A lush countryside, enchanting forests and tiny cottages hidden away between the trees. But Wales is so much more. During my time here I was lucky to getting the opportunity to discover its beauty and fall in love with it. Did you ever think of visiting Wales? Probably not. I guess Wales is just not the typical travel destination that makes the top of our bucket lists. If you’re from Europe, it’s not far away enough to ignite your wanderlust and it probably doesn’t even have a strong destination brand for you. There’s no strong image that comes to your mind when you think about Wales and its culture is not pulling you in with an infinite force.
Recently, someone told me that Wales is a bit like the European version of New Zealand – just as enchanting and jaw-drapping but a smaller, more accessible version. And let me tell you, this someone had been to both countries. So why not pack your bags and jump on a plane for two hours instead of travelling around the world? Yes, I am an explorer that goes far and wide and urges to discover every corner of the world but sometimes it’s worth just stopping yourself and exploring what’s close to you. Be it the country you grew up in or a place that’s around the corner from where you are now.