Living in Full Alignment: How I Get My Life Through Travel

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It is not uncommon for people to spend their whole life waiting to start living. – Eckhart Tolle

For me, travel equals living! When I’m up in the air, I’m all the way up on life! Having new experiences in a different area or visiting a place I love is everything to me. It’s about breaking away from my day to day surroundings. Giving myself a chance to embrace “newness”. I think differently when I travel. My heart is more open, my mind is more open, and I began to feel deeply connected to infinite power and possibilities. My favorite travel moment, is when I’m tucked away in a window seat, earbuds plugged in, and gazing over the clouds. First of all, I’m grateful to the Wright brothers for thinking of something as crazy as flying in their time because now I get to reap the benefits. Sitting, floating miles above the ground beneath me daydreaming about how beautiful the world is, my life is.

On Wednesday, I flew to Atlanta. On Thursday morning, I flew back home. Who does that?! I know it seems a bit cray, cray to a lot of people. Let me share with you my point of reference. Growing up my mom worked for the airlines so I had that family discount #freetravel. Mom would take my brother and I on these crazy spring break trips where we would fly to multiple cities in one week. One spring break we did Chicago, Dallas and Vegas. My senior year in high school, we went to Louisiana. I was looking at colleges down there. Then, we went to Atlanta. Last stop, Vegas again (there’s something about Vegas!). Even outside of spring break we were always off to the next adventure. I’m so grateful to my mom for taking me on all those super vacations. Through those experiences, I grew a deep affection for being in different environments, making new friends, and breaking away from home.

Now, even though I don’t have that #freetravel hook up I still find, no I make a way to get away. It’s my way of aligning with my highest desire. Travel inspires me. It reminds me that there’s more to life than my everyday experiences. It ignites my creativity. Not to mention, I always make new friends who enrich my life in priceless ways.

My whole point in sharing this is not to say you have to travel, but to say you must allow yourself to live fully. Living fully is something different for each of us. I encourage you to have those experiences that set your mind free and fire you up all at the same time. Why not?! Life is this beautiful journey to be enjoyed. The idea that we should wait to live until we get married, start our dream career, get the business up and running, or the kids off to college is not it. Life is not a waiting game. It is here now. Whether tomorrow comes or not, we must always live for the delicate balance between the now and later. By all means, be prepared if tomorrow comes. However, make sure you’re not always living for tomorrow, it will never come.

One of my favorite Rumi quotes states, “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames.” Travel is one of those things that fans my flames. What brings you joy, excitement, inspiration? How can you work more of that into your life? Listen, once you know what it is, be creative! Don’t limit yourself on ideas on how to work your schedule, your budget, or lifestyle to get more of whatever sets your soul on fire. Take it from me, life only gets better when we give ourselves permission to live fully and authentically.

 

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What is that thing that fans your flames for life? How do you live life fully? Let me know in the comments below. Comments aren’t your thing…that’s ok! Tweet me @pretymotivated. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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Find Your Inner-spiration: Create Your Own Life Path

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Life is a feeling process. So we have to feel our way to our path to progress. In today’s world of hyper-communication, with social media dominating our lives it is so easy to get lose our sense of self. Our internal GPS system is constantly rerouting us to follow our new favorite celeb crush, reality star, or virtual mentor. It can be so easy to mimic someone else and so hard to be ourselves in a world of conformity and trends. Self-doubt and worrying about what everyone else thinks about our choices. We are all so very unique and our gifts and talents are just as beautiful as the next person, but creating our own path to the next level can be a lil’ scary.

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When you feel afraid learn to dance with your fears. If you’re “scurred” to take a leap of faith, take it. If you have to take some precautions or do little prep if it makes you feel better. Then, do it! Jump in with a confidence in your abilities. I had the idea to launch PM about two years before I did anything with it. I told myself, “Trina, you don’t need to start another project.” I asked myself, “Is there really a need for another life coach or self-help guru?” “Will anybody want to hear what I have to say?” There were tons of other questions that were drenched in self-doubt and excuses too. The day the site went live I felt as sense of joy I cannot explain.

Have you ever almost missed a flight? Maybe traffic was bad or you over slept, but it’s that feeling of making it to the gate just in nick of time to board. It’s kinda like that feeling when you finally sit down on the plane and it’s like I made it! That’s basically how I felt. I’d made it to the place, to the space where I belong. While I do have remodels in this industry that I follow and there are methods that I practice my path is my own. I’m discussing the same thing as other gurus and coaches,  but I’m doing it Trina’s way. I’m creating my own path down the yellow brick road and you can too!

Tips & Tricks to help you CYOP:

Learn yourself

About a year ago, my life coach. (Yes, I had a coach. It was so worth the time & money.) She suggested, I send out a question to my closet friends and relatives asking them what they think of when they think of me. I did it. The responses were so spot of with what I’m doing. They affirmed my purpose. Sometimes, others can give us more insight into ourselves than we can because we can be blinded by who we “think” we are and miss out on who we really are to those who know us best.

Love yourself

Once you know yourself. Then, embrace and own it! Own who are. If you’re goofy own it, if you’re a fashionista own it, if you are the amazing idea girl own it, if you’re good with numbers own it, if you’re a caregiver own it. You get the idea, right? It’s important to embrace what makes you special because it is so much a part of creating your own path.

Do you

Find a way to take what you learn from successful people and make it your own. Tweak things to fit your personality, beliefs, values and sense of humor. This can be used in your personal life, with your career in the corporate world or if you’re an entrepreneur.

Just live in your light!

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