Adventure has become one of my favourite words over the past few years. I can’t tell if it is the mystery of it and that feeling of the unknown where you find yourself at a loss for words because something is just so beautiful, or maybe it’s as simple as being somewhere and there’s just something about it that you’ll remember forever. Either way, adventure excites me and it’s almost as though it’s awaking something inside of me.
And then I realized adventures are the best way to learn.
For the past three years, I have been on countless adventures from becoming the person who I used to be to the person I am now, to traveling to different cities, becoming friends with strangers and to trying new things leaving me with the most memorable experiences. Traveling all over the world allows you to learn in a very different way. You immerse yourself into an entirely different culture, you see how others live and you might even start to feel grateful for what you have at home. You explore different climates, different homes and creatures. Even though traveling will always be one of my favourite things to do, I’ve decided to take a pause on my travel endeavours because I needed to start being honest with myself. I needed to stop running away from my problems and work through my roadblocks. I realized that I needed to let go and move forward one step at a time. We can complain about how our life isn’t where we want it to be as much as we want but we also need to realize that nothing will change until we acknowledge what it is that we need to let go of and then we need to have a change in attitude. My adventure this year has been of one with myself. As most call it, an adventure of self-discovery. I’ve been trying to really dig deep and understand what I want out of life, what my purpose is, and what steps I need to take to make my perfect vision a reality. To some it may sound fluffy but to others and (most importantly) myself, I landed right on the money. It can be difficult to find motivation or feel inspired and empowered to move forward but we need to keep pushing ourselves to our limits. We need to keep rooting for ourselves. I find that when I start to feel stuck and find myself getting into those ruts, I know that I need to take a break, relax, refocus and come back to my vision. Maybe I need to re-evaluate my situation or tackle it from a different angle. Or maybe it’s not working because my vision has shifted. That’s okay! Exploring and figuring it out is the fun part. We get to try new things, get ourselves out of our comfort zones and along the way you never know who you’ll meet or what opportunities may arise.
Let your faith be bigger than your fear.
Once you choose adventure, you’re choosing to let go of fear and embrace the unknown. You’re choosing to believe in yourself and making yourself a priority. Ever since I’ve chosen to view life as an adventure, I find myself living life to my fullest and living my dream. Yes, sometimes it can be scary and yes sometimes I need to give myself mini pep talks, but that doesn’t mean I should hold back because I don’t know what’s on the other side. Being open, vulnerable and authentic has been one of my favorite adventures and it’s gotten me to where I am today; starting this amazing organization with two fearless girlfriends and making an impact in our world. I’ve taken leaps of faith, I’ve failed and I’ve picked myself back up, I’ve cried and most of all, I’ve made it a priority to listen to what I really want and need.
This year my definition of adventure is about testing my boundaries and choosing to live in possibility instead of living in comfort and safety. This year I am choosing to live in the present instead of the past and I am choosing to live each day as an adventure and I dare you to try it.
So let me ask, what’s your definition of adventure?
Maybe it won’t work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.
Born and raised in Ottawa, I’m currently trying to find my perfect fit in the world. I like to live my life with purpose, heart, and soul. I want to promote empowerment, encourage those to follow their dreams, and support those who need help or guidance.