How badly do you want to change your life?

It's never too late to change the life of your dreams

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Before you buy things, do you ask yourself just how badly do you want something? How badly do you want that cute dress? How badly do you want that new phone? How badly do you want that new car? Do you want to change your life?


Be honest here. I mean, really honest. I want you to dig down deep into that most painful part of yourself, be vulnerable, and question if you’re on the path you want to be on.

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Seven years ago, I was about to move home from Spain to live with my parents near Washington, DC. I was still driving my car from high school, had about zero friends, and was earning $15 an hour working in corporate America.

I wore the same black slacks (fucking slacks) every single day and knew how to use a photocopier like a pro. The highlight of my day was getting a coffee on my commute to work at Starbucks, and I cried almost daily on my lunch hour. I was 100 grand in student loan debt, and this was not the life I wanted or had envisioned for myself at all.

But I had a blog and a big idea. 

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Throughout my early twenties, I was always broke, by my standards; I’m talking 2-minute noodle meals broke and making flimsy excuses for late rent payments broke. I was living paycheck to paycheck for years, and any time I earned any significant amount of money, I immediately spent it on a trip somewhere.

I hungered for travel the way some people hunger for greasy Friday night pizza. My curiosity for exploring the world was insatiable, it was a drug for me, and I wanted it badly, more than I wanted anything else.

Travel was my nourishment and my motivation.

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I wanted a life where I set my hours and rules, where I could be my full creative, weird self and not be tied down to a specific location and be able to travel anywhere I wanted whenever I wanted.

But above all, I wanted to inspire others to step out of their comfort zones and experience our big beautiful world. All its flavors, creatures, cultures, and opportunities, to expand horizons and energize growth and change, to be able to speak the messages I care about to a curious, broad audience.

I was NOT meant to spend my days in a cubicle wearing slacks. I figured out what I wanted, took a big leap of faith, and made it happen. No one can change your life but you.

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So while my friends bought cars, health insurance, and smartphones, I purchased cheap plane tickets and booked dorm hostel beds as a way to feed my hungry soul.

When I saw the chance to turn my travel blog into a full-time job and inspire the world to be curious, I took every single opportunity that came my way to make it happen. The universe beckoned, and I jumped feet first without a second thought.

April 12th, 2013, was the day I quit my job to try and make the life I wanted to happen. No one but me could do it. I had to find the courage within myself to make it happen.

I haven’t regretted it once. No one can change your life but you.

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But somehow along the track, my generation got fucking entitled. Or maybe it’s always been that way, and I never noticed because I was part of the problem. Shivers.

No one is going to hand you the life of your dreams or a dream career; I mean, come on! Only you have the power to change your life.

You gotta want it badly, you’ve gotta want it more than anything. You’ve got work your ass off for it. When you see an opportunity, you stand up and take it! You’ve gotta fight for it, grab it with both hands (and even your teeth), and never, EVER let it go.

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But passion and drive aren’t enough. You also need people around you to build you up and be a support system. Find your people.

At the Travel Bootcamp, an event I co-launched years ago with leading travel writer and editor, Georgia Rickard, and Australia’s first professional Instagrammer, Lauren Bath, we talk a lot about who we are is a summation of who we spend the most time with.

Surround yourself with people who support, empower, and thoroughly believe in you! I definitely would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for these two fabulous creatures holding me up again and again and again.

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It’s so important to create a circle, or dare I say “tribe” of good people who make you be the best version of yourself. This is so incredibly important in business. Whether you are building an empire or running your own small company, the energy and vibe of the people around you will impact your success.

Chose the right people. Make good choices and go for it.  No one can change your life but you. You’ve got this!

Have you ever felt this way? Do you have any tips about how to build the life of your dreams? Spill!

Join me at the Travel Bootcamp in Melbourne on July 24th – 26th, 2020. Tickets are on sale now – grab yours before they’re gone

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  1. Thank you for a major blog article. I struggle not to stay in the moment because it is the determination to push toward a target that inspires me. That’s something my body asks me to resonate for me. I realize that stuff hurt and I have to regroup while I’m not doing anything as my body tells. I have to confess that I don’t read all the posts, but this one always resonated with me, you’re giving me culpa. Thank you for the message.

  2. Hmm. I think I have to change my perception on life . I’m gonna initiate that instantly. Thanks for this post. God bless you.

  3. Girl, I’m working on it! I’d love to come to the Travel Bootcamp someday. If I do, that’ll mean I’ve stuck with blogging after years of trying, which is awesome because I never want to stop! Right now, I’m saving all the money I can, posting articles as regularly as possible, while trying to continue planning trips (on top of a crazy full time job as a tax accountant). I basically go nonstop, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, and my dream of growing my blog continues to drive me. Cheers to chasing our crazy travel dreams!

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