In the past few weeks, I traveled to beautiful Charleston, I went hiking and trail running at beautiful Roan Mountain and spent time in NYC exploring the Big Apple. 3 totally different adventures! This is the season for outdoor adventures for me! I love to be able to take some time to breathe, reflect, spend time outdoors and travel.
I am about to begin a rigorous Life Coaching and Leadership program starting in August which I am super excited about. I am looking forward to learning new skills to share and continuing to grow personally and professionally.
Of course adventures aren't always easy. Life isn’t always perfect and I hit my road bumps too. I am constantly evolving and growing, which takes a lot of self awareness and acton steps too.
I want you to know that life happens to all of us. The sweet and not so sweet are part of the adventure of life.
Even though I’ve studied extensively how to how to communicate better, how to make the best choices for myself…life still throws me curveballs. I still make mistakes. I still have things to work on. I’m still learning. I still get shocked by events I didn’t foresee happening. That part of life never stops.
So, I learned a few things:
You make your own adventures in life.
Don’t let time, money or the number of friends you have become an obstacle. I have travelled to many amazing places in the world and I have a been a weekend adventure seeker for years. I joined a great outdoor club, met some like minded people and to the mountains I went! A day trip or a weekend of camping is not costly. I am super proud of all the things I have seen and done in my years of adventuring. Make your adventures in the time you have with the budget you have available to you. There is so much of this world to see. Get out there and play. Plus you'll create great stories! :)
You make your own happiness.
We all are individuals and have different meanings of what happiness is and it may look different than our own meaning. That's totally ok. When someone is creating their own happiness and joy, you can see the glow in them and it's undeniable.
Joy and happiness is a state of being, an inside job. It is not always based on a person or a thing, it comes from within. Go out and make your adventures and find your own joy. Pay attention to those moments. Who do you want to be in this world?
I feel grateful for these adventures. Life is ever changing. Some moments are totally amazing and some moments are downright awful. That will continue. Those not so great moments help you build resilience. You learn what you really want and what you don’t want out of life. Those years that produce ease and happiness allow you to enjoy all the work you’ve done on yourself.
At any given moment, you can stop to acknowledge the not so great, release it and focus in on the good. When you do that, you will begin to see more and more of it. A practice I will suggest is to pay attention to what brings you adventure and happiness and to make plans to create more of that in your life. The possibilities are endless!
Licensed counselor, outdoor enthusiast, yoga lover and passionate about wellness.