Traveling Is Definitely An Eye Opening Experience

Published April 29, 2015 by Maryann Kate


Hey Everybody,

I’m writing to you from my Invercargill dorm room while listening to some pretty kick ass music πŸ™‚ There’s been a lot on my mind lately and I thought today would be a great day to create a new blog post (as the weather outside is cold, windy, and rainy/hailing). So here we go…

I’m currently dealing with some personal challenges at the moment. Now this is not the first time along my journey that I’ve had to work through my issues and really take a closer look at myself and my life. However, it’s never an easy thing while you’re on your own and trying to figure things out.

First of all, I am proud of myself for making the bold decision to cut my hair as short as I did. That move took some major courage. However, it’s not my favorite look for myself. It was really hard for me to come to terms with this feeling. But it’s important to push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Okay, so I don’t love the haircut but I love the fact that I did it. It’s only hair and it will grow back! Plus, now I know I can pull off any hairstyle if I wanted to. It’s a person’s inner beauty radiating outward which makes someone beautiful. It’s all about breaking down the barriers of how you view yourself. I love myself regardless of how I look on the outside and that’s a wonderful thing to realize πŸ™‚

Next challenge which I’m working on is letting go of that guy who I worked with. I don’t know why I’m still hung up on him. I haven’t seen him in over a month yet I still think about and talk about him. What’s the deal? I feel a little bad for defriending him from Facebook but I needed to separate myself from the situation. He’s out there somewhere traveling around the South Island of New Zealand. Will he come to visit me? I have no clue. All I know is that I need to give up control and let whatever is meant to happen unfold in the way it’s supposed to. If we’re meant to meet again, then we will. If not, it’s time to say sayonara. I just hope I’m ready for true love when it comes my way. I’m doing my best to not look for it. It’s a daily challenge. I’m also still working on myself so I’m not sure I’m ready for a partner yet. All I know for sure is that love is confusing and unpredictable. We’ll have to wait and see what happens. To be continued…

I’ve realized that I only have a few months left in New Zealand (most of which will be spent working). I’ve been having many flashbacks of my travels thus far (and I’m still amazed that I’ve been away from home over 15 months now). I hope that I’ve changed for the better. I still feel like I have so far to go but I know that I’ve come very far. I am not the same person I used to be. I’ve met so many amazing people and had such wonderful experiences. It’s a bittersweet feeling knowing that before I know it I will be home. I’ve started compiling a list of reasons why I’m excited to return home (which will help me transition back). The main point of this is this: always remain in the present moment (which is all we really ever have anyway) and be grateful for all you have. I’m so happy that I decided to stop everything in my life and embark on this journey of a lifetime. I have so many stories and lessons that will hopefully be inspiring to others. It ain’t even close to being over yet πŸ˜‰

I’m in the process of finding balance in my life (in relation to health, work, lifestyle). I’ve made some great strides but I’m still a work in progress. Sometimes in the stress of life, we forget to care for ourselves or we push our bodies to their breaking points. We never know which day will be our last on Earth. Let’s take care of ourselves and fully enjoy life. Because life is truly too short to be stressed out all the time. Life is about having fun and spreading love. That’s what I intend to do. I intend to be more spontaneous and let things roll of my back. Go with the flow of life. Laugh at myself more and become less serious. Free myself from being stuck in my mind all the time and actually live life to the fullest. That is my wish for all of you too. Let’s all find our inner child and never let them go. Now go and have some fun πŸ˜‰

Love you all and until next time…

xoxo Maryann


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