Living the Free Way is a travel blog with an emphasis on giving ourselves permission to do the things that we love. For you, that may be painting, singing, dancing or whatever it is that makes your heart sing. For me, it’s traveling and writing.
Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to travel the world but I didn’t know how and I didn’t know when, so I waited. I waited for someone to give me a reason, someone to give me the green light but it never came.
So when I turned 24, I decided to change all of that. I realized no one was going to come and hand me airplane tickets so I saved, quit my job, and set off on a plane to explore Asia by myself.
Still, I had no idea what I was doing and whether this was going to work or not and to be honest, I (and my parents) sort of hoped this would get all the traveling “out of my system” because it would make my life a whole lot easier. I had a comfy home in New York, a long-term partner, and some would say, a bright future ahead.
But of course, life never goes the way we want it.
When I came back, I ended up even MORE determined to travel the rest of the world and decided to change EVERYTHING about my life in order to make this dream happen. I changed jobs, the way I thought, spoke, ate, and everything that I felt was not aligned with my goals, which probably sounds courageous and inspiring but the truth was, it was quite lonely.
However, I believe it needed to happen in order for the next chapter of my life to unfold.
I ended up moving across the country by myself and this was one of the BEST decisions of my life. While I was away from my friends and family, I was able to think clearly and safely about what I wanted to do with my life without distractions and influences.
I INDULGED in the things that I loved to do such as writing, yoga, cooking, exploring, and as cheesy as it sounds, it taught me how to love myself. But not everyone was happy about this. My parents were confused and hurt, I lost friendships and love, but it only forced me to confront my fears and made me treasure those who understood me even more.
Then finally, in the summer of 2018, I completed another lifelong dream of mine: live abroad. I moved to Spain and started this blog to inspire others to go after their dreams because I’ve heard TOO many people say they wish they can go after their dreams but don’t and I feel I’m in a good position to do so because I used to be one of them!
I used to think I needed to have a lot of money to travel, I used to think I needed to be extremely talented to inspire people, and I used to think I must have a masters degree or a spectacular job first to be respected but NONE of those things are true.
The people that I admire the most are not necessarily the smartest, richest, or most talented. They are regular folks with a ton of PASSION for what they do and who aren’t afraid to take risks. So here’s me taking a risk and I hope you will too.
Posts That May Interest You:
From New York City to Basque Country
What It’s Like to Move Abroad Alone
The Less Pleasant Side of Moving Abroad
What I Learned From Packing Up and Leaving Home For A Year
Why a Life of Travel
Disappointing Others/ Letting Go of Fear
What to Do When the People We Love Don’t Agree With Us
What Do You Do When Your Dreams Break Other People’s Hearts
Let Go of Your Fears
Couchsurfing: Stay in Someone Else’s House for Free!
How to Start Freelance Writing
How to Start Your Own Blog & How NOT to!
What Walking Away from 9-5 Taught Me