Follow my Study Abroad Experience from January – April 2016, while I’m living in London, UK and exploring other countries in Europe.
Travel + Life Tip #12: If you don’t go out and search, you’ll never find what you’re looking for.
Life is a complicated mixture of chance and choice. Sometimes we’re fortunate enough to be granted opportunities we didn’t ask for, and other times things turn out to be grander than we expected. However, more often than not, the experiences that we have are the ones that we create for ourselves. We would live in a pretty interesting world if everything we dreamed of just found its way to our reality, but an even more interesting world is the one we do live in where instead of being confined to our thoughts and dreams, we’re given the choice to make what we want out of them. It is that choice and that control which gives us true power. The kind of power that allows us to love unconditionally, become masters of skills and climb to the top of mountains. That power, is about the choice to go in search of what you are looking for, whether that be a deeper knowledge of purpose and peace, or humility and happiness. With that power we can do extraordinary things. Extraordinary things that one would never experience if he/she didn’t make the choice to do so. In order to see the world around you, you must choose to go in search of what you are looking for. You can’t concern yourself with leaving others behind, for they also have a choice to stay or go. You can’t concentrate on your lack of knowledge about what is ahead of you, for you will find that some things you can only learn through discovery. Most importantly, you can’t be afraid that you don’t have what you need for the journey, whether it be big or small. Most times you don’t truly know what you need until you find a way to do without it, and you will always bring along something that you will eventually let go of before your journey is complete. The real challenge is choice. The choice to stop at dreaming, or stop at reality. The choice to stay, or go out in search of what you are looking for. #sarahnsays
Travel + Life Tip #11: Check the time, but don’t watch your watch.
I’m learning more as more as I grow with age, the power of time. The power I have over my time, and the lack of power I have over the time around me. The moments in a day seem like they last forever or not long enough. But forever is an expression of time that doesn’t really exist and enough is subjective to the amount one desires. With one more week in London, I’m loving the space around me with every breath. But as I reflect back on my experience here, I remember when I stopped checking the time. In that reflection, I know the unawareness was both positive and negative. It’s about the balance. The balance between checking the time, but not watching your watch. You want to know how to fit into your day, but you don’t want to be preoccupied in any other moment than the one you are in. Minding the time too much is equally as foolish as neglecting it. If you don’t check the time, it will sneak up on you when you’re off guard, but watching the hands on the clock is taking your focus off of your feet. Where you’re standing, that is the balance. What’s holding you up, that is the moment—this moment. Enjoy it. Get the most that you can from it. And in between the moments, check the time. Discipline yourself to know when to look down at your wrist, and when to look up in the midst. #sarahnsays
Sarahn Says Travel + Life Tip #10: Celebrate your alone time.
How beautiful is the freedom that comes with being human, being alive, and being…YOU?! And all the discoveries that come along with taking time to learn more about yourself; what excites you, what motivates you, what brings light to your life on the darkest of days. Discover it openly and freely, all with only you in mind. Take time away from everyone and make some “me, myself and I” moves to the moon. Don’t want to step into solitude? Not to worry. Life will take you there. So when it does and you find yourself standing all alone, celebrate your alone time. It’s some of the best time you’ll have in life! Spend your time doing what you like to do without having to compromise for others. You don’t have to worry about filtering someone else’s energy through yours. Move at your own pace and take in everything around you at the exact speed you wish to. Step and move freely into your independence. And let go of that FOMO (fear of missing out). Get what you need from every moment and don’t miss a move while dancing to the beat of your own drum. #sarahnsays
Travel + Life Tip #9: Capture the moment in more ways than one.
Yeah, It’s a little cliche, but you’ll look back later and be glad you have something to look back on. It feels so surreal sometimes when we’re standing in the space of new and exciting things. Nothing around us but wonder and awe. Some of us stay ready with camera in hand for any opportunity to present itself. Others forget to pull out their devices to snap a pic. We want to save the memory as best as possible, but we also want to be present in the moment. The good news is, you can do both! There’s more than one way to capture a moment. If the moment comes just as fast as it goes, 10 seconds or less, recognize what’s happening and give your full attention to it. Don’t worry about trying to beat your previous record for how fast you can pull your phone out. If the moment is truly significant to you and you focus your attention on it, you will remember it. You won’t be able to show it off, but you can talk about it with enough enthusiasm to paint the picture. If the moment is one that lasts a while, pick the camera up for just a minute and then return your attention to the moment. Pictures mean more when you can be reminded by them of where you were, mentally and physically when they were taken. If you’re afforded the opportunity to make the visual last outside of your memory, take advantage if it! But if not, that’s okay! There’s more than one way to make it last forever. #sarahnsays
Sarahn Says Travel + Life Tip #8: Get comfortable asking for direction.
If you’re making the most of your time away, chances are you’re moving around a lot. That’s great! Keep it moving. With all the excitement around you, it’s in your best interest to take it all in while the opportunity is presenting itself. All the places you’re going, and things you’ll see, surely it’s a great time to be alive. Things are new and you’re excited to get going but you might not know the safest, fastest or most efficient way to get there, or even the right direction to move towards. Luckily, the universe places people and things around us to help us when we are in need. Sometimes we don’t want to stop a stranger or ask for more clarity from a mentor, usually in fear of appearing helpless or needy. But it’s okay! It’s okay to not know, it’s okay to need assistance and it’s okay to know you need assistance. Sometimes you’ll be able to figure it out on your own even if it means getting lost along the way. Sometimes you’ll have to stop and turn back, or pause and look around. Those moments teach you about how resilient you are and remind you that you can eventually find the answers in time. But there’s nothing wrong with learning about how resourceful you can be, by relying on things around you. You can save yourself time, energy and effort — and avoid danger, by using resources that are designed to help you. And you can learn just as much the easy way when you get comfortable asking for direction. #sarahnsays
Locations: London, England; Prague, Czech Republic; Brussels, Belgium