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Balancing planning, ideas, and LIFE

Hey y’all, sorry I’ve been MIA lately. As I’m sure everyone has experienced at some point or another, life doesn’t always go as planned. Lately I’ve been dealing with waitressing at a fabulous restaurant in Bondi Beach called PaperPlanes, promo-ing Australia’s best travel agency aka Peterpans, fighting a sinus infection and strep throat, and most recently, battling an (accidental) gluten hangover. Between the two jobs, the sickness, and the moving from a hostel to a share house, I haven’t had the time or energy to devote to this website the way I want to. Unfortunately, the more I put off updating the site, the less motivated I was to find time time to update…a vicious cycle. I realized today, though, that things will always get in the way…if I let them. It’s all about prioritizing what is actually important to me and making time for those top goals.

And so, it’s 7 am and I’m updating my website after having spent the last hour watching b school videos and brainstorming ideas to turn my passion into a business. After this is done, I’m going on a long over due run (my clothes are getting uncomfortably snug) before I go to job #1, followed by a Kat nap (haha get it? Cuz my name is Kat…), and then job #2. It’s going to be a long 18 hour day, but I guarantee I’ll go to bed feeling less stressed and way more empowered than I have lately.

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Own it, people!

The last 6 months or so I have been doing a TON of travel research.  Along with reading through countless blogs and websites of successful long-term travelers, I’ve also sifted through a plethora of comments from people who want to travel, but for some reason or another say they can’t

I’m here to call bullshit.  Yes people, you can. If you want it more than anything else, you can have it. All of your excuses about why you can’t are just that — excuses.  If you try hard enough, you can always find a reason not to do what you really want. It is an inconvenient time, you don’t have enough money, you are scared to go alone, blah blah blah.  Let me tell you, those excuses are not going to magically disappear one day making it the perfect time to do what you want.  The only way to make them disappear is to decide that those issues are not as important as your desire to travel (or whatever). 

Maybe you’re reading this and thinking, “well this is easy for you to say, you clearly are doing what you want, so things must have come together for you”.  NO, they did not.  For years, I postponed this trip.  I blamed it on school (I was getting a Master’s degree), lack of funds, a myriad of health problems, having a cat, etc.  Except for school, those issues didn’t just disappear (woohoo for graduating).  I still have a cat, I still don’t feel like I have enough money saved, and I still have health problems. 

What did change was my attitude and willingness to find a solution for these issues.  I found a VERY loving home for my cat (knowing he will be well taken care of has eased some of the pain and guilt of leaving him 😦 ), I cut out gluten and dairy from my diet which has GREATLY increased my health, and I got a work visa for Australia so I can make some money on the road. 

Anything can be overcome! So, if you aren’t traveling around the world, even though you say that’s what you truly truly want, I’m here to be a little in your face and say you clearly don’t want it as much as you think you do. I’m also here to say, That’s ok! Just be honest with yourself about what is actually important to you and stop trying to blame your life on a lack of x, y, or z.

Tough love from the green eyed gypsy

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