Going After My Dreams

Riomaggiore - Sunset over the Ligurian Sea

Riomaggiore – Sunset over the Ligurian Sea

About a year ago, I realized that I had been afraid to go after my dreams for too long. I was living a life of compromise. Where was the passionate teenager saying over and over again that she wanted to travel to every country on Earth? Gone it seems. But not too far away. I only had to listen more carefully to my inner voice.

Moving to Vancouver was just one step away to clear the noise in my life. Starting this blog was another one. Having identified my passions and resolved to build my life around them, I was finally ready to go after my dreams.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

One of my dreams has always been to travel the world slowly and immerse myself in the places I’m visiting. With an expensive rent in Vancouver and other financial obligations, this goal seemed far from my reach. But what if there was a way?

For the last few months, Dominic and I have been looking for a way to travel more and reduce our monthly expenses. We thought about swapping homes, sublet our apartment, buy a condo and rent it, move to a cheaper city, etc. None of these options seemed quite right. We were still looking for a solution when we realized that we needed to think outside the box.

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” – Albert Einstein

If traveling is what we love, why not do it full-time? Which means that…

We won’t need an apartment anymore.

Oh wait! That also means that we won’t have a place to call “home”. What about our possessions? What about the cozy office that I always desired, filled with bookshelves and with a nice fireplace?

“The more important a project is to your soul’s evolution, the more you’ll resist it.” – Steven Pressfield

But traveling the world is what I want to do. Waking up everyday with a sense of wonder, ready to discover my new environment resonates so deeply in me, I can’t ignore it anymore. This doesn’t mean that I’m not scared, and I do feel the social pressure to find a “real” job, buy a home and raise children…

To be honest, sometimes I wish I’d be happy living a “normal” life, but I just don’t fit in that scheme. Gretchen Rubin said that self-knowledge is the key to happiness, and I know that I don’t want to live a conventional life. In a few years, maybe I will be ready to settle and raise a family, but then again, maybe not. Right now, I just know that if I don’t discover as much of the world as I can, my future will be filled with a series of what-ifs and regrets.

Dominic, Bruce and I - Arches National Park

So, as of December 2013, Dominic, Bruce and I will embrace a nomadic lifestyle. We will sell almost everything we possess, pack our car and embark on this new adventure. We plan to spend some time on the Oregon Coast, in Mexico and in Quebec, where I will be working on my first of many eBooks to come. After that, who knows! A 6 month road-trip across the US and Canada? Yes, why not! A year discovering the wonders of South America? Sounds very interesting! What’s amazing is that the possibilities are endless.

How long will we be nomads? Frankly, I have no idea and that’s the beauty of it. What I know is that life is short, and the world is vast and wide.

If some day my desire of having a home with an office filled with bookshelves is too strong, I will settle. Since I will have gone after my dreams, by then I will happily spend my time home with my family.

Would you like to go after your dreams too?

To help you getting started, here’s my own process:

  • Take some time to reflect on your life. Think about what you absolutely love to do and identify what sets your heart ablaze.
  • Don’t turn down any dreams because they seem silly or unreachable.
  • Set your priorities straight.
  • If your passions/dreams and priorities are not aligned, think about how you can change that.
  • Do one small action everyday that will bring you closer to your dreams.
  • Be patient, dedicated and ready for the hard work.
  • Never give up or surrender! ;)

Want more? The War of Art by Steven Pressfield is a truly amazing, very easy must-read that will set your mind on fire!

Hope that helps!

As always, I’d love to hear from you! Come and join me in the comments!

Thanks for reading and sharing!

xo

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16 Responses to “Going After My Dreams”

  1. Adina | Gluten Free Travelette

    Good for you Eve! I find it just fantastic that you’ve narrowed down what you really want out of life and are just going for it! I’ve been going through a similar process over the last couple months and am set to come up with my own plan by September 1st! Life is just too short to be living in a way that doesn’t make you happy. I’m looking forward to following your travels!

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    • Eve

      Thanks Adina!
      Narrowed down what I wanted out of life, and above all, believing in my dreams was really tough sometimes. You probably know what I mean!

      I’m looking forward to following your new adventures too. I’m very curious about your next plan!

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  2. Lina

    Eve, I think you’re being brave, amazing and supercool!

    I love that you’re going for it. What a leap! It’s inspiring since I’m taking a leap of my own in just a few weeks (actually like two weeks ;) I’m moving to Hungary to study hungarian. For a limited time yes, but I’ve never done anything like it before so it’s a BIG change for me.

    I’m so happy to see someone else who’s going for their “unconventional” life!

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    • Eve

      Oh Lina! Thank you very much! :)

      Wow, studying Hungarian! That’s so cool! I’m curious, what made you want to study it?
      I’m sure you will have a wonderful time abroad. Living in a new country is amazing. Have you been there before?

      Keep in touch! I’d like to hear about your adventures.

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  3. Véronique Faucher-Allen

    Bonjour Ève,

    Je lis à l’occasion ton blog, j’aime beaucoup! Tu es une passionnée et tu fais bien d’aller au bout de tes rêves! Je trouve aussi que tu écris très bien et je crois que si ton désir est de vivre de l’écriture un jour tu y trouveras certainement ton compte! Tu as toute mon admiration! Félicitations! Véro ;)

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    • Eve

      Wow Véro, merci beaucoup!
      Toutes mes félicitations également pour ton entrée en politique. Ça prend du courage et je te souhaite le meilleur des succès!

      Reply
  4. Darby

    It looks like my wife and I will do something similar in a few years. Great times are ahead! I hope you post about your travels so we can stalk and live vicariously (and perhaps learn a bit too). Would love to meet up if you find yourself around Chicago and/or Milwaukee!

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    • Eve

      Awesome Darby! You should definitely do it.
      Yes, I will be posting while on the road. :)
      For sure! I’ll let you know if I’m in Chicago.

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  5. Caroline

    Bravo! Je suis fière de toi! J’ai hâte de voir tes aventures! xx

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    • Eve

      Merci Caro! Ça me fait vraiment plaisir. J’espère que tout va bien de ton côté. xx

      Reply
  6. Eric Mailloux

    La vie est parfois drôlement faite. Quand on est petit, on essaie de voir le parcours que l’on aimerait emprunter. On s’imagine une ligne de vie rempli d’aventures, d’objectifs à atteindre, de rêves à réaliser et au fur et à mesure que notre vie se déroule, une bonne partie de ses aventures, de ses objectifs, de ses rêves se réaliseront. Et d’autres, malheureusement ne se réaliseront pas. Que ce soit pour des raisons familiaux, sociaux ou autres, la vie change et l’être humains s’adapte à son environnement, à ses petites habitudes de vie et du même coût perd un peu de liberté. Il s’abruti dans sa routine quotidienne et essai de se fondre en masse dans la société. De ces gens, il en faut, c’est sûr. Je l’accepte bien malgré moi aujourd’hui avec 2 bouches à nourrir et une femme qui frise parfois la folie. Nous avons tous un destin certes et il faut l’accepter. Un jour, on entend parler qu’une amie part découvrir des villages, des villes, des pays, le monde, et dans tous ses péripéties, tous ses voyages, tous ses anecdotes et tous ses photos, on se retrouve un peu à sa place, entrain de rêvasser, en train de se replonger dans notre passé, nos rêves et notre manière que l’on voyait la vie quand nous étions adolescent et jeune adulte. Simple, Heureuse et Libre. Et la seule réflexion qui nous vient en tête en te lisant. C’est comme tu es chanceuse, comme tu es courageuse de vivre ses moments de pleine liberté et de pleine découverte. Je te souhaite tout plein de beaux moments et tout plein de folle aventure. Et quand tu sortiras ton livre je serai probablement un des premiers à mis évadé, et oublier pendant un instant, que la majorité de ma vie se passe de 8 à 5 et qu’il y a d’autres choses sur terre outre le travail.

    Bon Courage chère amie.

    Eric

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    • Eve

      Merci Éric pour ces mots et ces voeux.

      Faire voyager les gens et les faire rêver grâce à mes écrits est ce qui me motive le plus. Certes, découvrir le monde est génial, mais partager mes expériences donne une autre dimension à mes voyages… Lorsque j’ai de la difficulté à écrire (autrement dit, à chaque fois que je commence un article !), je pense aux gens qui me lisent et dont tu fais partie, et ça m’inspire.

      Il y a toujours deux côtés à une médaille. Certes, voyager et découvrir le monde est génial et je ne changerais pas ma vie actuelle pour tout l’or du monde, mais j’ai eu et j’ai encore mes deuils à faire: deuil de la famille, des ami-e-s, de mes racines… Parfois, la mélancolie frappe et il faut se rappeler pourquoi on a choisi cette voie.

      Si jamais ton désir de t’évader est trop fort, je t’encourage à lire le blogue Married with Luggage et The Art of Non-Conformity. Vivre ses rêves, est accessible à tous, “believe it or not”! ;), même à toi avec ta famille. Pour y arriver la recette est simple (ce qui ne veut pas dire qu’elle est facile): il faut croire en ses rêves, avoir du courage et faire un petit pas à chaque jour en direction de son but ! Ça peut paraître vraiment eau de rose, mais ça marche. Et surtout, tes rêves n’ont pas besoin d’être extravagants, il peut y avoir une certaine beauté dans la routine si on arrive à la pimenter. Tout est relatif…

      En te souhaitant le meilleur,
      Eve

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  7. Frank

    Great post Eve – I can identify because we will be doing the same thing next year. Look forward to seeing your travel posts, but also your thought processes and feelings as you go through this change in lifestyle.
    Frank (bbqboy)

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    • Eve

      Thanks a lot Frank! That’s great! Do you already know where you’ll be traveling? Looking forward to read your adventures too. À bientôt. Eve

      Reply

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