Life learnings from 5 yrs on the road

As I sit here writing, I reflect on what’s happened in my life over the past 5 years.  My view is of the lush hill country in Sri Lanka. There’s a waterfall flowing across the valley and tea plantations all around. I take some deep breaths and give myself the permission to just ‘be’

We left Australia in Feb 2011 with a one way ticket to Latin America, a couple of backpacks and a whole lot of dreams to travel as long as we could make the money stretch. We had no strict itinerary, and for the first time in life, it was the opportunity to fully let go of planning and a pre-determined future. It felt reckless at the age of 33 to be selling most of our stuff, quitting our jobs and throwing caution to the wind. BUT this sense of freedom was so utterly invigorating and uplifting and was the best thing that we could have ever done with those years.

The journey was not without its hurdles. We were robbed in Brazil at knife point in the first month, we went to hospital with food poisoning, I fell and had a metal rod stab my shin in Columbia, we were stranded with no money in the Darian gap for days (not somewhere you want to be stranded!), and we had a roller coaster ride with the finances. Through each of these experiences we grew that little bit stronger, gained new perspectives, learnt resilience and how to power through when faced with adversity. I faced a gazillion different fears and also learnt how to better ‘let go’ when things didn’t go our way. We also broke through many of the limiting beliefs that plague our society and keep us ‘small’, we learnt to live with less ‘should’s’ and ‘have to’s’ and instead we began to follow our heart and intuition. And, we learnt to live with less ‘stuff’ that can stifle dreams. These are life lessons that will stay with us forever, helping to keep a perspective on what’s most important.

Our wedding in Thailand and subsequent India trip in 2014 fuelled more shifts in thinking that have changed our complete outlook on life. Overcoming a hospital experience in India that, at the time, shook me to the core, helped me to develop the courage, strength, trust and belief that anything is possible.

Roll on 5 more months of serious saving and Tom and I were once again on a plane headed to a new life. This time it was Barcelona. A city that had captured our hearts every time we had holidayed there. Though this time we wanted to live there for a year. A challenge to say the least. We knew enough Spanish to get by, I changed career – teaching English and yoga and Tom pounded the pavements for a few days door knocking on agencies to secure a design job. We had to dig deep within ourselves to make it – with unreliable work during the first few months, there were times when we didn’t think we could afford rent or food or both! But then each time just before we needed to pay a bill, the money or the opportunity came in. It was hard. But it was so full of joy too. And probably one of the best years of my life.

So, why am I telling you all this? Well, I wanted to share the truth that is living a nomadic life. It’s certainly not for everyone and it’s definitely not always as glamorous as the pictures look. But what it is, is a vibrant roller coaster of a ride into yourself, into life, into possibility, and most of all into trust.

Before taking this 5 year journey I wasn’t very trustful, not least within myself or the universe.

But that’s changed now.

I’ve learnt to always follow my intuition and heart calling. I believe that by following what you love, no matter what the hurdles are, no matter what everyone else says, if you do it, it will work out. And it will be so worth it.

As they say ‘jump and the net will appear’.

Before I sign off, I hope that there is something in this post that ignites something within you, spurs you to do something that you’ve been talking about for a while but have never taken the plunge to do.

Just ask yourself the question – ‘what’s the worst thing that could happen?’ And then just do it. Because surely the purpose of life is for us to fully live and experience all that’s on offer, expressing our gifts, loving wholeheartedly and giving as much as we can along the way.

As Steve Jobs said ‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.’

With much love and gratitude to all our friends and family who have supported us along this epic journey ♥

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