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The Travel Bug

The world is a mirror and travel has this way of peeling back our hidden layers. It makes a lie out of some of the stories we’ve been telling ourselves, and it shines a light on good parts as yet undiscovered.

It challenges, grows, expands and inspires us in ways that we never expected. We lose ourselves; we find ourselves.

I’m missing travel terribly at the moment. For someone who is a traveler, their world and experience of life has shrunk immensely in the past year and a half.

Do you like to travel? If so, how are you feeling in this new reality? And are you still dreaming of your next travel adventure, or have you given up (at least for now)? The sad thing is, after a year and a half of this life shut down, I see people giving up on many things that matter to them.

I’m still holding a torch for seeing Mount Fuji and the cherry blossoms in Japan some day. We can’t give up. We MUST keep dreaming, planning, envisioning, intending. What is (are) your future travel dream(s)?

The world and the life you want are of your making and it all begins in your mind.

Inspirational Quotes:

“Not all those who wander are lost.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” ~ St. Augustine

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” ~ Anita Desai

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ~ Mark Twain

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” ~ Mark Twain

“We travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost.” ~ Ray Bradbury

“If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.” ~ Paulo Coelho

“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” ~ Ruminator

“The most beautiful thing in the world is, of course, the world itself.”


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Nature Recharge

A cheeky little guy is this little frog. Or is the butterfly cheekier? Either way, the photo makes me smile. Nature is my solace and the place I go to recharge my spirit. I can hear my own thoughts and center myself away from the din of a crazy world.

Wishing you a beautiful Sunday, and however you spend it I hope you are able to recharge your battery. These are stressful times and we must take good care of ourselves.

Happiness is the best medicine of all, so find some wherever you can.


Inspirational Quotes:

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
~ Rachel Carson

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”
~ Henry David Thoreau,

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.”
~ John Keats

“If we surrendered
to earth’s intelligence
we could rise up rooted, like trees.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only paradise we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need, if only we had the eyes to see.”
~ Edward Abbey

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It’s Your Journey

You are the captain of your destiny, but only if you choose to be. The matrix of society will try to shape your mind and your future, if you are not careful about the thoughts to which you subscribe.

Increasingly we are lead to believe that we are helpless victims of fate, that someone else should create our reality, that we have no wisdom or personal power to shape it. We are taught that the problems are too big for us to fix, so let an external authority take care of it.

Start to be more self-observant and analyze the messages being delivered to your mind daily. Do they make you feel personally empowered? Do you feel and believe they are leading you down a road where you could feel truly fulfilled and happy in your life?

Start to be more self-observant and analyze the messages being delivered to your mind daily. Do they make you feel personally empowered? Do you feel and believe they are leading you down a road where you could feel truly fulfilled and happy in your life?

The life you are living is a result of your thoughts. If the thoughts that dominate your mind and the reality you see before your eyes no longer resonate with your true desires for life, figuratively (or literally) pack your bag and se

This is YOUR life journey, no one else’s, so make sure it’s a road of your choosing.


Inspirational Quotes:

“If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there”
~ George Harrison

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”
~ Mae West

“May you live every day of your life.”
~ Jonathan Swift

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”
~ Audrey Hepburn


© Susan L Hart 2021 | Friendly comments welcome | Photo courtesy Victoria_Borodinova, PIxabay

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Claim Your Life

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The past year I feel like I’ve been swept along against my will in a tidal wave of “fate”. The dictionary’s definition of fate: “The course of someone’s life, or the outcome of a particular situation for someone or something, seen as beyond their control.”

I’ve become oh-so-weary of the dire predictions, the unending negative narrative, the muddy mental pictures that our leaders and the mainstream media paint for our future. These people use the negativity to justify their positions and to sell newspapers that cater to the collective fear.

How about you? Claiming your life begins with paying attention to your mind, your thoughts, and your belief system – essentially, what you believe is possible for your life. More on these thoughts at these posts:

Living Consciously
Be Rock Solid
The Word “No”
Little by Little
Dream a New Dream


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Be Like the Giraffe

As Oscar Wilde so humorously put it, “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”

Society has this need to shape and mold us, to make us “acceptable”. Perhaps this has never been more strongly evident than it is in these times.

Becoming our most authentic selves, being fully true to ourselves, is sometimes a lifetime journey. But it does not have to be! We are not born with the masks that society encourages or demands that we wear. We learn to acquire them to get along and fit in.

This may make life feel easier in the short term, but in the long run is it really?

When you do not show who you really are to the world, there is an undercurrent of self-betrayal that you hold inside. Over a lifetime, this can become an unbearable burden.

Being true to yourself is one of the most important ways to fulfill your soul.

Look to nature as an example. There are no false face games being played there. Nature is authentic. No giraffe is wasting his life bemoaning his “too long neck”…

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… or his “ugly freckles”, wishing he was a zebra with those marvelous stripes.

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No, he’s just living his life, being the best giraffe he can be!

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Be Like the Giraffe © Susan L Hart 2020 |  Friendly comments welcome | Photo courtesy Kalz, Pexels, and kolibri5, HowardWilks, Alexas_Fotos, FuN_Lucky, Pixabay

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