As I was putting together some new travel posts from my recent trip I thought I would talk about a few things before publishing them. Nothing serious but I wanted to share some thoughts and goals I have for the rest of 2017 and hopefully early 2018. Without sounding like a broken record I’ve went through major changes in most areas of my life within the past few years. I’ve recently spent a lot of time focusing on myself and ticking off huge goals from my bucket list.
I’ve felt so incredibly proud doing this and it’s honestly such a rewarding accomplishment. I always use to fear change but now I’m a lot more realistic about it and most of the time welcome it with open arms. Don’t get me wrong but no one is perfect and there are times when I get nervous about life which is completely normal. I’m in the mist of making some huge changes in my life that are both unbelievably exciting and terrifying at the same time. When I came home from America I was so ill from jet lag and wasn’t doing too well. Thankfully I’ve started moving in the right direction and I’m enjoying planning for my future by doing little things at a time. I’m very much doing my best to live in the moment without being held back by my past and looking forward to what the future holds without dwelling too much (if that even makes sense). I came across this quote over the weekend that really stuck with me – one that I think we could all live by.
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha
As much as I’m excited and planning little bits for my future, it’s important to just live in the moment too (this has been a massive challenge for me). Previously I’ve focused too much on my past (hello anxiety & depression) and if I overthink the future – I’m just as bad. Right now I’m *trying* my absolute best to just focus on finding a happy medium – enjoying the now and feeling optimistic for the future. We can’t just shut out the future as we need to create somewhat of a path but it’s nice to get excited about life and what it has in store. Back to everyday reality and at times it’s not easy for me but I fight tooth and nail to get myself into a happy and healthy mindframe. When I returned home from my travels around the States I experienced a slight ‘come down’ as I was living such a care free and exciting lifestyle. Settling back into the real world was a little challenging and I found myself living in the past. Yes it was the trip of a lifetime but it had ended and I needed to move forward and create even more memories from other adventures. I’ll cherish and take what I’ve learned from my travels (that I can do anything I put my mind to and the lovely people I met) and enjoy the sweet memories I have gained.
A completely random and perhaps confusing post but I just wanted to get some things off my chest. My point is that trying to find that healthy balance can be difficult but so long as you’re trying then that’s all that matters. Don’t beat yourself up, allow for some mistakes and know that you’re not the only one who goes through challenging times. It’s how you handle it and how you take care of yourself that matters.