Is it really possible for women who travel to fit everything we need to look and feel great in a carry-on? It is. Seriously. Whether you’re on a plane, train, or in a car, nothing beats living light.
I’m in my ninth month of travel with carry-on only. I’ve been on extended road trips, kiteboarding adventures, weekends in the city, sailing in the islands, and west coast car camping. And I’ve done it all living out of carry-on luggage.
Here’s the key: Let go of the thought that people care about your clothes. Learn to embrace simplicity as a way of life. Nobody actually notices what you’re wearing. They notice your confidence and your smile. Pack those in abundance and wear them proudly, and you will look perfect every day.
I spent a few days at the cable park this week. Working on becoming a total badass, of course. And I’m a few steps closer today. What I didn’t expect was to learn some serious life lessons.
While I was trying to work up the nerve to do a 3 on the funbox (English translation to come), I was given a piece of advice that I’ve been mulling over for days. I’ve found myself repeating these words to others in the context of life, work, and relationships. If only they knew where I’d heard it!
“You have all of the skills you need. The only thing you’re missing is confidence. You can do it. Be confident and go for it!”
I believe we all arrive at a point in our lives where we begin to truly know and understand ourselves. Where we notice our tendencies, are more aware of our actions, and have the capability to reflect on them, assess ourselves, and alter course when needed.
I took a much-needed road trip through Yosemite National Park this week to figure out some stuff, and had the good fortune to be driving through this mindblowingly beautiful part of the world at sunset. I’m happy to share these photos and some thoughts on the journey.
What do you do when you need to get away?
Let’s talk inspiration for a moment.
I recently found myself on a boat cruising the San Francisco Bay with some of the most inspired and creative people I have ever met. I couldn’t believe how in alignment that experience was with who I am as a person.
I did a values exercise recently in an effort to understand what I want and need in life. The purpose of this exercise – which I highly recommend you do – is to gain clarity and knowledge on what’s important to me. To guide my choices and shape my future. Here’s a link if you’d like to give it a go.
Inspiration came in right at the top. My fuel. I’m constantly searching for more. Without it, I am not myself. Inspiration is mission critical. Close behind was connnection, simplicity, creativity, and discovery. This knowledge is power. And I’m constantly finding myself surrounded by people that share the same values. Wild.
There is nothing more fun than working on design projects that I have a personal connection to. LUISCRUZKITE.com was one of them.
There’s a Dominican kitesurfer in Cabarete that I’ve gotten to know over the past year. His name is Luis Alberto Cruz, and he might be one of the best freestyle kiteboarders in the world… But he is virtually unknown by the rest of the kiting community!
Today I realized I’m an optimist.
It’s a nice world to live in. A magical place where nothing can go wrong. Like really wrong.
I’m on a sailboat several days from the nearest piece of land. We haven’t seen another ship in days. My crew is about as alone as it gets out here.