Step out into the Great


o often we can find ourselves plotting and planning every detail of our lives, but in doing so we forget to leave room for the unexpected, for the synchronicities, for the pure magic that can blow your mind… when you get out of your head and let your heart lead the way. I like the saying: Not all who wander are lost. During the course of my travel adventures I’ve come to find that wandering through new and unfamiliar places can be one of the best ways to connect with your Spirit. That infinite, larger part of you is always whispering in your ear, but when you’re tied up in the “daily grind,” or the perfectly planned itinerary, you can miss out on the messages that are tailored just for you.

raveling has been one of my life-long passions, and one of those wonderful blessings that has helped me both “find myself” and grow in ways I hadn’t previously imagined possible. Picture never leaving the town you grew up in. Maybe this is you, maybe you haven’t traveled much or even at all. Then you would have only been exposed to (mostly) the same people, the same places, and the same ways of doing things. Now think about stepping out of your comfort zone, traveling to a foreign place and experiencing a whole new way of life: A new culture, new cusine, new modes of transportation. What do you think that would do for you? Well, for me, it has plunged me out of my same ol’, same ol’ routine, and has opened me up to exciting ideas, inspirations and ways of seeing my world. It has truly been life-altering in the most positive and uplifting of ways. 

My Travels 2017-Current

Since graduating college in my hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, I’ve split my time between New York City, Los Angeles, Montreal Canada, Bali Indonesia, Chang Mai Thailand, Costa Rica, Huntington Beach California, and Denver Colorado. I’ve also traveled to Vienna Austria, Paris France, Munich Germany, Milan Italy, Budapest Hungary, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, Singapore and many parts of Greece, plus a number of states in the U.S… Above, you’ll find some of my fondest memories.

f you’re thinking: “I’d love to go off and find myself by traveling to exotic locales!” But that doesn’t seem like an option because of your busy schedule, sitter logistics, or financial obligations… First of all, I totally feel you. Life can get jam-packed with other priorities. And yet, on the same token, what if re-examining your priorities and penciling yourself in as a top priority became an option for you? Actually, I would like to hand you a permanent marker as you’re making this consideration. What if you could expand past any perceived limitations, opening yourself up to the possibilities that surround you? When your heart calls you to something yet unknown, something that will nourish you on all levels, there is always an answer, an opening, a way to “get there.”

With all of this being said, an important thing to ask yourself before you mark your calendar is: “What is my main motivation for traveling?” Many go on vacation to achieve that feeling of “home” again, of inner peace and tranquility. Yet peace is a feeling that we must come to remember from inside of us, and cultivate within us. If you seek vacation for this reason, consider that you may be reaching outside of yourself to fill a hole. Over the years, what I’ve come to find is that nothing “out there” will ever be able to replace what you’ve forgotten “in here,” inside of you.

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

-Marcei Prousi

In order to remember and sustain your inner peace, you must bring balance and alignment to all parts of you: mind, body, emotions, spirit, molecules, cells… This is the path that so many of us are consciously choosing: Unifying all aspects of us and coming back into wholeness with All That Is. We are returning to Unity Consciousness. This is that feeling of “home,” which we have simply forgotten and so deeply long for.

You can reconnect to this sacred place inside of you through breath, easing and quieting your thoughts, dismantling obstacles of the linear mind, and living from your heart. Once you reawaken that connection to your Soul and begin making those alignments moment by moment, you will start to radiate peace from inside-out. While you will likely still have a desire to travel, you will no longer have that NEED to go anywhere, because as you radiate peace, your outer world materializes to mirror peace as well. Travel can then be enjoyed as something you do for the sheer joy of it, as you will no longer be running toward vacation to get away from the “regular” life you had come to dislike, be overwhelmed by or bored with.

Inner self-discovery is a quintessential component to living a life in its most meaningful expression, and traveling can help you do this when you choose it for the “right” reasons. Traveling to far-off lands can get you out of your comfort zone, helping you surrender to that Inner Knowing that’s always guiding you. It can help you relinquish your control to know everything ahead of time and allow you to drop further into your heart, where the magic exists. This magical, mystical world within you also awaits your brave and passionate exploration. And this place requires no money at all, just your willingness to get quiet and listen. Whether you are called to travel to the ancient ruins of Greece or to the deepest depths of your soul, remember that life is not a destination but an on-going, adventurous journey. When you travel with a light heart and an open, curious mind, you will be surprised and delighted by all the synchronicities along the way that were designed just for you!

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain