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.
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!
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