A friend inspired me to write this post when she told me how rude I was, shoving people in the streets of Tokyo. “You do that in France, they will kill you!” Mmmh. So I guess this is what happens when you live in Asia too long…
Things go wrong. It’s a fact of life -either you live in your hometown or you’re traveling around the world. Ok, maybe you’ve got less risk to get attacked by a Komodo dragon in your backyard than in Borneo.
Dreams. They are the essence of life, we all need them. But why should they have to stay in a state of fiction forever? Unless your dream is to walk on the Moon, you've got to believe ANYTHING is possible. Your only limit is you. And all you need to make that dream happen is a plan. And a deadline.
You've just spent weeks or months abroad, being stimulated everyday by new experiences, then suddenly you have to go back to your old life. It sometimes seems so fade in comparison! It's not always easy*, but you can survive it!
It all started when we told our friends and family back in France that we were expecting, last spring. "So when are you moving back to France?". Or -even better- "Oh, so you're done traveling now. You've enjoyed it for long enough anyway!". We've been overwhelmed by theories for months -and it's not over yet. Some questions are ridiculous, some annoying, but mostly, it's a lot of fun listening to all of that.
So here it is: having a baby abroad, the best of the worst we've heard!
There's the big white puffy dress, the flowers, the fancy food and of course, the hundred plus guests you have to invite. And then there's the champagne. Besides the financial part, there's the whole organization...
Leaving everything behind to go travel the world was the best decision I ever made. Getting out of my comfort zone wasn't easy -but that wasn't the hardest part. The most difficult is to come back in what used to be your comfort zone to realize how traveling ruined your life. Because nothing has changed. Well... except you.
We're all in the pursuit of happiness -but we can't live in the past or the future. Happiness is right where you are, in every moment. There is NO EXCUSES not to be happy RIGHT NOW. Because time doesn't wait for anyone... So, how to change that? Here's 10 ways to be happy everyday, no matter where you are, so that you're all set for a stellar 2016!
I know it's scary. Even though you think you're ready, you have this thing that holds you back. THE FEAR. What keeps us from living our lives and achieving our dreams. The most commun reason why people don't travel.
Dropping everything to travel the world does take some courage. But you know what? You won't be the first person doing it. We've all been scared, lost and panicked at some point. As J. Berryman said, we must travel in the direction of our fear.
Which Meike did. She left her comfort zone in Germany to start her own company and move to Hong Kong. Today, she shares with us her 5 tools and tactics to overcome the fear of change.
According to all these travelers, travel should change my life. -Come on, it's just a trip. I will be back in six months, and I'll take back my life riiight where I left it. At least, that's what I thought. Then, once arrived in New Zealand, people kept telling me it was “just the beginning“.
If you're asking yourself why in the world you'd leave friends, habits & comfort for the unknown, well, here's the answer: this is NOT just a trip. It changes everything. The way you see life. Your definition of happiness. Your priorities. Your dreams. Your future.
That's a strange impression. I feel like I'm on a small aircraft, on my way to skydive. I'm tempted to jump, but still measuring the risks with this blend of fright and excitement. So many reasons not to jump. After all, isn't a dream supposed to stay what it is -fictive?
One day, someone should explain me where this paradoxical fear of happiness comes from. The door opens. I jump. The Earth is stunning, from here! I forgot my fears in the plane, dazzled. Every sensation is magnified tenfold. I'm alone, in the other side of the world, gone for the solo trip that made me dream for so long...
“The happiest people don’t have the best of everything but they make the best of everything they have.”
Forget about the long & unrealistic list of resolutions you won't keep. Let's talk about a Happiness Bucketlist.
"If you're not where your want to be, if you don't have what you want to have, if you're not where you think you should be at this particular point, it has nothing to do with the system but it has everything to do with the fact that you're not making the sacrifices. Make your dream become a reality, because if you don't you'll be working for somebody else to make their dreams become a reality."
Sometimes project is so big, so fuzzy and so scary that you simply don't want to contemplate it at all. But you can do something about that, and you can do it right now.