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Live a Kick-Ass Life without Traveling the World

by Emma February 11, 2016 8 comments
yoga, tree pose, lombok, indonesia, kuta, surf, indian ocean

If you don’t make time to work on creating the life you want,

you’re eventually going to be forced to spend a lot of time

dealing with a life you don’t want.

-Kevin Ngo

Seems simple, doesn’t it?

But simple isn’t always easy.

When I started this website, traveling was still just a far-off idea in the public’s eye. I was crazy for leaving. Insane for not taking a 9-5 right out of college. The question “When will you join the real world?” plagued every conversation with friends back home.

Fast forward to 2016 and every blog, Instagram and Facebook page will have you thinking that the only way to live an awesome life is to jump on the nearest plane. I, as odd as it is, believe that a well-lived life begins with where you are, not where you’re going.

cape cod, sunset

A life well-lived is one filled  with purposeful action.

This materializes as different scenarios for all of us. Instead of focusing on the big picture, the massive life changes, the end of your job, the next plane ticket, the move across country. Why not start small?

How often do you put off doing something because the timing isn’t quite right?

What if you just started now. Start before you’re ready. Stop waiting for external circumstances to align. You don’t need to quit your job and sell all your belongings to create the life you want. You can, of course, if that is what you wish. However, most of us can create smaller incremental changes to ultimately transform our lifestyle.

These changes do not need to be massive ones.

Wake up earlier.Portugal sunrise, peniche, lagide, sunrise surf

Stop rushing.

cape cod, wellfleet, shoulder season, beach, footprints in sand

Stop scrolling in your free time.

Start relaxing.

lombok, meditation, kuta

Move your body.

Challenge your mind.

Spend more time with loved ones and less time with screens.DSC_0624

All of this has nothing to do with quitting your job or buying a one-way ticket and everything to do with creating a day that doesn’t revolve around mindless activity.

Start to notice where you are, when you’re there.

So often our minds are elsewhere. Think about it. How many times have you woken up, immediately grabbed your phone and hopped on social media.You are inviting thousands of friends, acquaintances and strangers into your morning routine with you. Instantly your mind is transported to Sarah’s vacation in the Bahamas, Teddy’s ski house antics and your mom’s apple pie post on Facebook makes you nostalgic for the past.

Instead, be nostalgic for now.

Did ya dig it?


Amelie February 12, 2016 at 7:27 am

Yes Emma! I’ve enjoyed how your blog has grown and matured to a more holistic venture for the good in life. The blogs that preach travel is the only way, whilst valid to many and have their place, fail to celebrate the many marvellous details in life, the opportunities presented to us every single god damn day. Your adventure starts right where you are, whether it be a illicit trip to the sea when you should be at work; a weekend flit to run at the ocean in the rain or when you’re stood clasping a life-changing round-the-world ticket in your hands filled with anticipation for the unknown ahead of you. Life is by definition filled with inescapable monotonies whether trying to find a bed for the night in a booked-up jungle village or the 9-5; the sweetness comes from moments where you realise you’re living one of your dreams..: you’ve not done the washing or got tomorrow’s lunch ready because you got so massively hyped at the colour of the evening sun that you diverted your trip home to dash down to the nearest coast, sit on a rock and contemplate “my, aren’t I lucky to be alive”.
That, my friend, is living.
Keep ’em coming xx

Emma February 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Amelie, thank you so much for your thoughtful and inspiring response to my writing. I am always, repeat : ALWAYS, overjoyed when something I write resonates with anyone. I tend to take issue with anything that pigeonholes me, as I believe we all need the room and space to grow, and labeling this website as a “travel blog” was a meek attempt at branding. I know now that I cannot truly dedicate my writing towards travel, as the actual traveling is a means to an end : an exploration of being human, a dedication to living life to the fullest, a sincere attempt at a life well-lived. I understand that traveling is not an option for most, my younger self would balk at that statement, but I do see that fulfillment does not equate a plane ticket for all.

From the way you describe what most would call an ordinary day, I can see that you too have the desire to enjoy each moment as a gift. I tip my hat to you. What you’ve put into words is what I live for. The tiniest adventures hide behind the corners of the everyday monotony.

Keep on living. It is truly the only way to go. Xx

Amelie February 14, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Thanks for taking the time to write such a heartfelt reply Emma! I’m pleased you enjoyed reading the way your writing resonates with me. You have a gift that is becoming more thoughtful with a depth that provokes and inspires 🙂 sometimes on a dull day when I need a kick up the backside! I suppose the reality is that your blog is a travel blog, not so much in the traditional sense as much as a blog detailing how you travel through life; your thoughts, experiences, locations and inspirations. Travelling too can be exactly how you state: an adventure around the next corner; wherever that corner may be. And so to anyone who can share and inspire that way of life, more so recognise that it doesn’t even always need to be on the back of an exotic clime (though they are indeed welcome) is a person worth knowing. There are many unseen beauties in this life, the art is in the eye. Xx

Emma February 15, 2016 at 6:19 pm

Oh of course. There are days that, as an online writer, you’re unsure of whether or not your words are reaching anyone. Even with all the statistical measurements in the world, just because someone visited the website doesn’t necessarily mean they’ve read anything, so I truly do appreciate it when readers reach out. It makes it all the more worthwhile.

I agree- exotic and faraway locations aren’t a bad thing, but the harder and perhaps more difficult to recognize are the everyday adventures; the miracles that pop up in the folds of our routine, stashed away in the surreal sunsets, in the laughter of good company and the precious quiet in the morning before the world wakes.

Cheers, cheers, cheers. Happy Monday, wherever you are. Xo

Alix Tillett February 12, 2016 at 6:56 pm

I freaking love you Em

Emma February 13, 2016 at 4:03 pm

Ali mama! I love you SO much. I’m patiently waiting for you to come home so we can adventure together. Xoxo

Leo JenkinsLeo February 15, 2016 at 7:42 am

How ironic that I would, as part of my daily routine, read this over my first cup of coffee. Without this scrolling my screen I wouldn’t have been able to find this advice. Although, I am sitting on a beach in Panama because two years ago I sold my business and everything I own to travel the world.

Emma February 15, 2016 at 6:06 pm

Hahah yes Leo! Balance is the key my friend. Sell your biz and travel the world? Yes, please.

I do realize the irony of advising to scroll less- as most people read internet articles on a device rather than a laptop or desktop computer.

Enjoy Panama. I’ve only been to the border and we both know that that’s just not enough to truly have “been” to Panama. Cheers. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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