2018 has been very different for me…
Instead of spending all of my time planning numerous trips around the world, constantly thinking about where I should go next and craving a feeling of escapism, this year has been spent moving into my first home, focusing on self-development, and spending all of my money on home goods and a ridiculous amount of plants.
For some, that may sound like a living nightmare…
Being a nomad is assumed to be the key to happiness these days, and having a home and a routine is seen as a major block on the road to a successful future.
I mean, I thought that too.
Working in retail for 4 years and doing the same thing each and every day made me fearful of routine. The idea of being stuck in a repetitive cycle used to scare the living daylights out of me… I hated it.
But when I finally left that time of my life and transformed my future into something I enjoyed, my perspective slowly changed.
In 2017 alone I visited 8 different countries and went on 7 different trips. I realize that travel is a huge privilege, and this might seem totally outrageous to a lot of people, but it could also seem like a small number to some. But just as a comparison, this year I’ve only left Australia once…
So during the last 12 months of learning more about myself and my passions, whilst mixing in the stresses of renovating my own little home, there’s something I’ve come to discover:
“If you learn to truly love your life, you won’t constantly be trying to escape it”
Ahhhhhhhh – I wish you could see the smile on my face whilst typing out those words!
I’m shocked that it’s taken me this long to realize it, but I’m so unbelievably relieved to finally have peace with my life here in the land down unda’.
A few years ago I used to say that Australia was boring; that there were so many other places that were far more exciting. To be honest, the only parts of this country that I’d truly experienced was the drive from my house to the airport…
Don’t get me wrong, I always knew that I wanted to live in this country, but I honestly thought that I would have to leave it numerous times a year in order to truly be happy.
Yes, travel is and always will be a huge part of my life, but the thing is… Now when I come home from these trips, I truly love being home.
I don’t get the “post travel blues” or the instant feeling of wanting to escape again. I used to come back to Australia and be eager to plan another trip. But now, I come home and I feel thankful to live in such an amazing place, and extremely grateful for the experiences I was lucky enough to have.
I’m no longer fighting the travel bug and feeling miserable about the time spent between trips. Instead of using travel as my sole means of happiness, I now see travel as a way to broaden my horizons; to learn more about the life that lives beyond my home, and to teach me lessons that Australia potentially never could.
Sure, there are still so many places that I’m eager to explore, but instead of only ever thinking about that, I’ve learnt to appreciate the time I have at home too.
Recently, I really started to become more and more conscious of the fact that millions of people would kill to live here… So why am I constantly trying to run away from it?
If you had asked me a year or two ago about the things that made me happy, like a lot of people, my answer would have been “travel”.
And whilst there’s still a lot of truth to that, my answer has changed a little.
Now, what makes me the happiest is being able to view travel as more than just a holiday. Being lucky enough to win the birth lottery that allows me to live a beautiful life here in Australia. Practising mindfulness and having my own vegetable garden (yes, I’m officially a crazy garden lady)! But also knowing that I have the privilege to be kind to the earth and find joy in the things that I’m fortunate enough to already have.
So basically, what I want you to take away from this, is that regardless of whether you have a physical place to call home or if ‘home is where your heart is’… Learn to love your life!
Put gratitude before everything else and take the time to strip everything back and discover what truly means the most to you.
There was a time in my life where I was constantly looking at all of the things that I could be doing, all of the places I could be seeing and longing for the feeling of freedom.
I thought that constantly travelling was the only way I could have that sense of spontaneity… Oh, how wrong I was!
I’m so grateful to now be content with what I have around me. I’m no longer looking into the future, but I’m focusing on the present instead.
These days we are constantly craving more, more, more… But all I ask is that you sit back and look at the beauty that already lies around you.
It’ll change your life!
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