Take risks and live with a full heart

“I can’t evolve creatively if I don’t have inspiration in my life.”.

The other day, I came across some old journals of mine…one was from 2006, and the other from 2009.

I’m not going to lie….I completely binge-read these for a couple hours that night..these were PURE GOLD. haha

…which, on that note, also had me questioning why I ever stopped journaling…

Had I not written any of that stuff down…I honestly wouldn’t have remembered probably close to 99% of all those moments/experiences. I talked about the little things …the little encounters I would run into throughout the day….I even included “quotes of the day”…everything from hilarious “bad translation” when communicating between two different languages….to drunk conversations with friends. Which, by the way, were my absolute favorite parts to read. LOL

It was really cool to look back and notice that I haven’t really changed much. At least in regards to how I think. I’m still ambitious, I still set goals for myself, and I’m still passionate about travelling and the role it plays in my personal development.

I was brought back to what it’s all about for me: getting out there, taking risks, and never losing that child-like wonder for the world. To live your life with passion. Live courageously. To be a rule breaker to reach new grounds…and (most importantly) to be relentless with your dreams.

Most of us go through life with our brakes on….holding back. Most people go through life never discovering what their talents even are. Most people never develop their talents.

…I don’t want that for me.

So to continue on in the same fashion from those two journal entries…

2017’s goal: to be a year of discovery and growth. A year to rise up. I want to evolve creatively - discovering new talents/ new ways of seeing things artistically. I also want to actively reach out this year and meet people. I want to take people out for coffee and actually get to know them in person…not just online. That’s not really “typical” behavior for me…I’m a bit of an introvert…but I also understand the necessity of having people in your life. People help teach/show you new things…and most importantly - people help inspire you.

Unfortunately, I had been so wrapped up in the “busy-ness” of everyday life over the past couple years that I didn’t even realize that I was almost inadvertently AVOIDING people at any chance possible so that I could have more time to work. It’s a mind-blowing thought, especially as an artist, thinking about how many possible opportunities I deliberately passed up to be inspired by people in those couple of years that I spent alone/cooped up in my office…

I can’t evolve creatively if I don’t have inspiration in my life.

And last but not least, additional to evolving creatively, this year I want to grow/evolve intellectually. I want to read more books, listen to more podcasts, go to church more, meet more people and learn about their life stories… with full faith that this will all, in return, inspire and influence the way I see the world daily…and hopefully give me even more reasons to appreciate and cherish this amazing life.

So here’s to 2017: more time spent on the road. More candid moments. Trying new things and definitely getting out of my comfort zone. Thank you to everybody who has been a part of this never ending journey.  Stay tuned for more adventures…we have Iceland coming up in a month! 

“The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” 
― Alexander Supertramp Chris McCandless


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