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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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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


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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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Live Fully Today

There are many lessons being learned by humanity in these uncertain times. In the long run, the biggest one might prove to be, “Live life today and every day to the fullest extent possible.”

The events of the past year and a half have brought life into pinpoint focus. We all tend to live in the past or future too much. The more we are able to live in the moment, the fuller and richer life becomes.

It is important to learn from the past, but then let it go. When we hang on to regrets related to past hurts and mistakes, we are just wasting our precious time. As Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”

On the other side of the coin, it is important to envision and intend to create the future you desire, but then let it go. Relax and don’t push at the universe. If your intention does not waver and your actions match it, then trust that the universe will help bring it to you.

Step back and enjoy today while you are in the process of creating your tomorrow.  Life is indeed short, and every day, every step of the way on your life path is a treasure.


Inspirational Quotes:

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” ~ Oscar Wilde

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

“I was smiling yesterday, I am smiling today and I will smile tomorrow, simply because life is too short to cry for anything.” ~ Santosh Kalwar

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ~ Mother Theresa

“The future depends on what you do today.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Live Fully Today © Susan L Hart 2021 | Friendly comments welcome | Photos courtesy James Wheeler, Pixabay

Path to Well-Being

Daily walking (and especially in nature) is essential for my personal sense of health and well-being. I’m a big believer in the power of nature to nurture us, hence my post to perhaps motivate you to follow suit.

You may think that nature is not what “does it for you”, but have you really given it a chance? We are much too apt to sit in front of our TVs, computers, and phone devices for hours on end. These devices actually lower our vibration, and therefore our ability to stay physically well. I’m not saying to get rid of them, but it is essential to keep our exposure in balance with what is natural and wholesome.

It is a well documented fact that our connection to nature is a very important aspect of our well-being. For just a few examples, check out my posts Healing Power of Trees, Her Heartbeat is Ours, and Thank You, Mr. Sun.

Time and again, nature will provide us with not just physical health, but we also derive a feeling of inner peace, what is real in life, and proper perspective about what wellness really is.

I urge you to consider adding more time in nature to your health and well-being “to-do” list. As the naturalist and writer John Muir said, “In every walk with Nature, one receives more than he seeks.”


Inspiring nature/life quotes from transcendentalist writer, Henry David Thoreau:

“He who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Life Without Principle

“Every blade in the field – Every leaf in the forest – lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.”
~ Henry David Thoreau

“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Excursions, Poems and Familiar Letters V2

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

“Wildness is the preservation of the World.”
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walking

“Talk of mysteries! — Think of our life in nature, — daily to be shown matter, to come in contact with it, — rocks, trees, wind on our cheeks! The solid earth! The actual world! The common sense! Contact! Contact! Who are we? Where are we?” ~ Henry David Thoreau


“And after reading Thoreau I felt how much I have lost by leaving nature out of my life.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Path to Well-Being © Susan L Hart 2021 |  Friendly comments welcome | Photo of the Dolomites courtesy kordi_vahle, Pixabay

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