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

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

 

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

Sarahn Says Travel + Life Tip #7: Take time out for the little things.

We move so quickly from task to task in our busy lives. We give a lot of mental and physical energy to the things that demand it from us. Most of us have become quite good at attending to these demands. In an attempt to find balance between the repetition and rotation, and relaxation and responsibility, we have to take out time for the little things. We have to give more emotional and spiritual energy to finding stillness and simplicity in our lives. And not just because we have so much going on, but also because we must ensure that we enjoy life by experiencing all the facets of it.

I took a walk through the park after work this week, found a bench and watched the birds mosey at my feet. I observed the wind move through the branches of the trees. I smiled generously at every person whom I made eye contact with. And then it hit me. My life in this moment was a poem… a beautiful mixture of memory and movement. An effortless display of divine design. It was the little things. This was not a duty in my day, but instead a date that was deserved and desired.

Give yourself the moment. Allow yourself time to enjoy the freedom that is yours. Take time out of your busy schedule to stare at the ceiling, paint your nails, take a walk around the block, or flip through old photo albums. Observe the things that are always around you and appreciate the ease you feel when you look at them. Remember that you must also experience the small and the spontaneous, so that you can sink your feet in the sand and reach your hands to the stars. #sarahnsays

 

Watch this week’s accompanied vlog here:https://sarahnsays.com/2016/02/23/my-7th-week-abroad-vlog/