Leap of Faith Life

Leaps of Faith in Life, Travel, Yoga, and Happiness

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Coming Out of the Bohemian Closet

My Tribe

Everyone has their own quirks and special preferences that make them unique.  Mine happen to take on a hippie and bohemian quality. They smell of rose water and feel like sand beneath the toes on a Tuesday evening.
 
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How I Decided to Move to Costa Rica

If you asked me on New Years Day 2014 where I would be in 2015, I would have told you Europe.  Germany more specifically. After all, I was on my way to move in with my German boyfriend. To take a leap of faith for love.
 
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How to Successfully Attend Graduate School Abroad

My Korean Leap of Faith

If you are deciding to take your own leap of faith to study abroad in another country (graduate school abroad in this case), these tips will help you to get the most out of your time there.  Learn from my mistakes, and see what to look forward to (hint I’ve never regretted a leap of faith abroad).
 
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London: Going with the Flow

Ask Yourself the Scary Question

I arrived in London feeling like I shed the past and was on a new path.  I didn’t get the long-term visa I needed to live in Europe permanently with H, but I realized I had the opportunity to choose positive over negative, and ask myself a powerful question: 

What do I want to do?

 
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How I Shared My Writing for the First Time

I’m a writer (not that I’ve ever confirmed it out loud).  I loved to write as a child and as a teenager, and during my public school education I had plenty of experience in writing courses with teacher feedback. However, my last course was about 10 years ago.
 
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How to Help Your Happiness: A Helpful Post

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” -John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Want to know how to make happiness a way of life?  So did I.
 
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Skydiving, Park Rangers and Limes – 10 Facts About Me

I love lists, and I love random facts, so it was so much fun to put this together!  There is a bit of a chill in the air here today in the Netherlands, along with some gray skies.
 
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Why take the leap of faith?

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” -Oprah Winfrey

What are you passionate about? What drives you? What makes your eyes light up and cheer out loud?

For me it’s travel.  Going to a new place, observing the culture, tasting the food, smiling at the new people, and watching family and friends interact.  I think it is so amazing and beautiful to watch how other people live. Traveling means I actually get to live it, breathe it, taste it, and feel it first hand?  Well, that just makes me do a happy dance.

For a long time I thought my days living abroad were over.  I mean, where is the opportunity after studying abroad in college and then again for graduate school?  You’re supposed to settle down, get married, have babies, and/or do the big corporate job by (insert insanely young age here). Right? Well, that’s at least what I thought.  I have no idea where that seed came from, but it was a full fledged oak tree by the time I was 26.

At 27, and a breakup of a six year relationship, I had to reconstruct what I thought I wanted.  In this reconstruction phase, someone close to me asked, “Yes, but what do YOU want?” I had never really, truly asked myself that.  When I started to get happy in my own skin, decide what made me happy and not care what anyone else thought, I found myself living abroad in another country by age 28.

The Light Bulb Moment I Realized I was Living My Passion 
I was in Amsterdam for a day trip with my boyfriend and his two friends,  a month or so into my leap of faith abroad to live in Europe with my German boyfriend.  After a long day of walking around, site seeing and exploring the city we stumbled upon a small pizzeria along a canal.

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If Not Now, When? Leaps of Faith

It can be scary to create something and then put it out there for the world to judge, but creating is all about leaps of faith, and leaps of faith are always worth it!

My journey of self discovery has been long and winding.  I’ve always known what I wanted and what made me happy (traveling, yoga, learning), but I was too scared to reach out or to realize I deserved more.

It took a massive breakup of a seven year relationship (no idea where that courage came from) to bust out of my shell and take on the world.  From there, it took many little faith leaps to move out of the corporate/nonprofit business world and enter the shoeless-entrepreneur-yoga-wanderer world.  This is the space I belong in.

I have no idea where this less traveled road leads, but I could not be more excited for my present moment, and for the future.  I am so glad I took the little leaps to get to this place that is such a ginormous leap from where I used to be.   Looking back on the past two years I realized I could not be happier.

I started this blog to inspire others to live the biggest dream possible, and to let others know they are not alone in their wanderlusting, yoga obsession or trying new things that scare them. It was because of spaces like this on the interwebs that I found the courage to leap out and try something new, because if you are at all like me, you love people’s personal stories stories of self discovery and inspiration.  Those moments when their life turned into something amazing. The internet is FULL of those inspirational, ‘this is so me!’ big moments, the light bulb realization a more blissful life is possible and that you CAN make a difference doing what you love.  That is what I want for this space.

Because we are all searching for contentment.  You know, to seek and work towards that elusive happiness? Turns out the happiness we look for lives in the scary place – the place just outside of our comfort zone.

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

But WE chose to move the line of what is our comfortable space and what is not.  So our happiness is up to us.  How cool is that?

I’m here to help you connect with what you desire most, and to leap out and take hold of that desire. No more hesitation, only inspiration and excitement.

I believe in taking leaps of faith every day, large or small, to live the juiciest life possible.  No regrets.  I’d love to know, what was your last leap of faith?

Want to know more? Peak at my About Me page.  Are you ready to challenge yourself to take more faith-leaps?  Jot your email in the bright blue email form on the top right of this page for inspiration and tips on taking leaps of faith towards your juiciest life possible.

Making Peace with Birthdays

This experience came at me out of no where.  Despite my 10 year high school reunion this year, I haven’t paid a particular amount of attention to my age (well, more than normal anyway).  So, this boat thing surprised  me and really, really helped me clear my head on the whole damn age thing.

Weird Coincidences
After a long run (well, long for me anyway, I’m a total newbie to running) along the shore front of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota, I did my normal cool down walk.  It was a beautiful breezy summer day, and sweaty or not, something was calling me to go sit down on a public bench on the beach instead of returning immediately to my car to go home and shower.  The sky and water were both insanely blue, and I decided to listen to the urge to sit, rather than ignore it (the easier option).Bench

The only reason I actually listened to this voice came from my recent commitment to my meditation practice. It’s a bit embarrassing to admit as a yoga teacher for the past four years, my daily home meditation practice was sorely lacking.  I began to get serious about it this summer, and settled in to a nice space after a month or so.

Stay with me here – once I made a commitment to get my butt down on the ground for 10 – 20 minutes (mind you, I had to work up to that amount of time, I started off with a few minutes each day), I started to see the benefits immediately, and I was addicted.

I am  pushed to consider the world around and inside me, to recognize love in myself and admire love in everyone around me. It’s freaking amazing.  It puts me in check when I have a moment where something might jump out at me to knock me down. I take a moment to calm down or just breathe in gratitude. Much better than seeing red when someone cuts me off in traffic!

It also guides me to focus and recognize when the universe tries to send me signs, messages, or just a little love. Normally people only acknowledge messages after something tragic happens, like a death, to see little signs of love around them. Small, yet significant – a particularly beautiful sunset, a certain song on the radio or a dog coming to say hello with the same name.

The Event that Changed My Outlook About Age on the Beach
About five minutes after I sat down on that bench I was called to put my booty in, I saw off in the distance a little parade of sail boats coming down the waterway.  They were about 1000 feet offshore, and a beautiful site to see.  They were coming in at a fast clip, so I decided to walk down to the water’s edge and take a few pictures.  Continue reading

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