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“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer”

Every now and then life affords us opportunities that could never possibly be recreated, retold or even fathomable. It is up to us to keep our hearts open to these possibilites and the doors will always be opened. We have to be willing to say yes, to take risks and to step outside of comfort.

I have officially been home for only two days and I still am just beginning to process the past month and its incredible, life changing impacts that it has created in my life. My friends and family are anxious to hear of the experience, but it is true when you hear that the only people that will ever truly understand are the ones that you were fortunate to share the experience with. For this I am grateful.

If I could offer anything that I learned this past month in as little words as possible I would say…..

keep your heart open

travel often and truly as often as possible

don’t ever let your misconceptions get in the way

always love

always learn

don’t ever let your fears get in the way

always remember there is infinite beauty in the world

we are all here to connect with one another

in life true happiness should be of utmost importance

lastly, care and love like Brazilians care and love each other. Be quick to give hugs, kisses, affection and genuine help to those around you. This can heal, connect, grow and fulfill meaning in life.

I will leave you with some of my favorite moments of my journey….

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Our World Is Getting Smaller

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Cordillera Blancas-Peru By: Axel Nilsson

 

For many travelers and especially adventure travelers to set out on a journey means to an extent disconnecting. Disconnecting from the stresses at home, from the high demand lifestyles, from ourselves, from the internet and our devices and the ability to always know exactly where we are at every moment… I will be the first to admit that this is my preference of travel. My most recent trips abroad I have left my phone in the cup holder in the car at the airport with it awaiting my forsaken return.

However, today I am writing about the benefits of our world getting smaller through this connection. We have access to the world at the tip of keyboards. I recently have taken on an internship position that partners with the Brazilian government to work with high school students teaching them English. I have already gotten to know them immensely through a private facebook page where we share all kinds of information. We also use skype and google plus to connect with one another. Right now I also have a sister in Colombia and another in Costa Rica (one mind you is 21 travelling solo) which through good ole FB I have been able to stay in touch with. I just received a message from a very good friend from Montanita, Ecuador that he made to the small surfing town. These outlets are amazing ways to make new connections and connect with the ones we love. Not to mention the occasionally fb stalking of my friends that are travelling abroad and perusing through the libraries of photos and following their journey along the way.

This has created somewhat of a conflict with me deciphering the line of disconnect and connect and questioning how much of these outlets are inhibiting us from truly running wild and free.

What is your opinion?

Photo: Taken by Axel Nilsson in the Cordillera Blancas, Peru. (a friend that has been trekking through South America for eight months.)

My Confession

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I find myself today sitting in an almost entirely empty computer lab with inclement weather outside that has slowly and continuously cancelled all of my events of the day so far, with which I could have spent the time elsewhere being incredibly productive… I have spent the last 45 minutes expressing my stress and frustrations to a very supportive friend that is also along for the cancellation train today. He has challenged me to write about it… so here it is.

I am currently enrolled in 22 college credit hours. I am taking 18 at my school, Metropolitan State University, of which are all upper division and another 5 with another school to prepare for a fellow program that I am working on this summer in Brazil. I am the Co-Founder of Student Startup which right now I am currently working on a massive branding project with our graphic designer on top of all of the other major things that are in progress in order for us to launch. I am a fellow with US-Brazil Connect that requires weekly assignments, communication with my students and submitting feedback on my students progress. I am running a fund-raising campaign to get me to Brazil. Oh yes and I also work… I am a humble waitress that is paying the bills in order to make all of this other stuff come to fruition. My social life thus feel non-existent at the moment. Most importantly, I am in the process of identifying and branding myself as the altruistic adventurer and where I want this venture to take me. I cannot lose site of this, this is my passion, my dream, my life. To give back, to create positive change in the world.

Whew, thank you for making it to this part of my post. Now that I have ranted about all of the beautiful things that are creating this “stress” in my life I am grateful that my friend has put me up to this challenge. It is important in life to remember that when we ask the universe to show us our purpose and honestly commit to that experience it lays it on us! Also, in this process it is important to be able to step back, out of the madness, and feel that joy, success, inspiration and beauty that is happening all around us. Because, as we all know, it is about the journey that gets us there. Thank you my friend and supporter, Brian. Hope you all are soaking in the madness.

If you all have any advice or words of inspiration that of gotten all you through challenging moments I would love it if you shared. It is our connections that feed our souls… genuinely, thank you.