How did I get here in Chiang Mai, Thailand drinking smoothies every morning being happy and grateful to be alive?
I didn’t listen to people telling me I was nuts. Who said, “You shouldn’t go to that country because you can’t be sure of being safe.”
30 countries later I’m still going strong!
My eyes have been opened so wide it almost hurts to see the world without sunglasses. The light is so brilliant — its hard for me to see that at one time I didn’t have this life.
You can have it too. I know what you’re thinking. Actually we think too much. And you can think yourself right out of doing anything if you give it too much of your attention.
1. Attention is a gift.
That’s the first thing I learned. Whatever you set your mind on blossoms and takes off.
Works the same with negativity and voices in your head telling you can’t do something. If you listen then you can’t do it. Put your attention on what you want to happen. Act as if it all ready is happening.
Say you signed up for a Women’s Only coach on a train in India and you get on the train at 2AM and find out your coach is full of only men. You either leave or accept it.
They didn’t listen when I told them to stop smoking and cut the chatter crap so I could sleep but thats another story.
2. Time is not the hours on the clock face.
Time is your life span from birth to dying. What do you want to do with your time?
I want to travel and see the world. Work and play all over the globe.
Take the first baby step and the universe opens up to you. I didn’t believe this either at first but it miraculously happens when you decide to walk towards your Big Dream.
3. Money is attracted to boldness and magic.
Yes you can be a location independent entrepreneur. You can do your job on the road, you can teach English in almost any country on earth and get paid for it, you can have an online business, and you can teach belly dancing. I teach photography all over the world and write books.
And I have a magazine in the itunes store Vagabond Travel Photography Mag. Discover the world and learn how to take Amazing photographs Go see it here.
4. The Unknown is Your Friend
I used to plan too much. “Honey why can’t you meet me in Colombia in February – how come you don’t know when you’ll be there?” I said to my son who has been to 50 countries. I’ve only been to 30, I gotta catch up.
Now I know why, because I’m not planning either.
Less planning is more fun.
5. You never know what is around the next corner or who you’ll meet today changing your life instantly. Today you might decide you gotta go to Bali to work on your surfing skills. I don’t stay on the board too long so I need practice.
Or I need to photograph Ladakhi people high in the Himalayas and how they live life, or teach yoga to women in Nepal living in mud huts. Or go live in an igloo, ashram, temple, seaside bungalow, or tent.
And you can do it!
Your mind is malleable. It may be more flexible than your body. Get inspired by people who are living the life you want to live and open the ethers in your soul.
How do you do that?
You stay fresh, eat fruits and veggies, relax and be like a kid. Open to everything but if it feels off you walk away.
Being Happy Inside my Skin. This may be the title of my next book.
And then being so happy and grateful that you can give things, time, love to others.
That’s the secret to success. It’s not money or big achievements and awards.
I’ve done a lot of things I set out to do, but with many more I want to discover, I expand every day and want to leap into the fresh waters of the unknown; I see that time is this — it’s what our spirit loves doing and being. It could be meditation, travel, teaching but whatever it is the message is live today like you will die today. Because we will die. And it could be today so lets live at a higher exalted octave than we ever have before.
1. Be inspired by the birds singing. I hear them right now off my terrace in Thailand. They know how to fly. So can we.
2. Sleep enough – then your skin looks better and you have energy.
3. Move that amazing body of yours – yoga, walking, surfing, swimming, skateboarding just do it. You don’t have to motorbike across 4 lines of roaring traffic praying today like I did. Go walk around a lake with no cars intruding.
4. Take steps towards your dreams. Don’t give up.
Your new mantra: You can do it, you can do it, and you can do it.
Thank you for your enthusiasm, attention, and beauty, I am grateful to all you darling hearts – you have been there for me, and I couldn’t have done it without you.
Love, Dream, Discover,