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The YES challenge [LTJ]

“Yes” and “no” are two of the most powerful words in the English language. They’re strong. They’re absolute. These are the words that decide how we experience every day of our life.

YES.

Look at that magnificient word. Short. Sexy. Straight to the point. Yes speaks to affirmation. Positivity. Commitment.

And yet, we hesitate to say yes. We often say no instead. It’s almost instinctive. A reflex. Why does NO come so easily? It’s not just other people that we say no to. We don’t only decline invitations, refuse offers, and speak negatives. We often say no to ourselves. Our ideas, thoughts, hopes, and dreams. We reject ourselves.

WHY?!

Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey Travel

Love & Travel: Four stories of falling [LTJ]

What’s your love life like? How do you build relationships when you never stop moving? Is it even possible?

My answer varies by the day. If I’m wrapped up in a beautiful new romance… or if my latest love has walked out of my life. Am I still hopeful? Or walking through my day with a heavy heart and bleak outlook?

It’s not easy.

But at the same time… it is so very simple.

Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey

How to lose weight without really trying. [LTJ]

I lost 20 pounds this past year. Without really trying. I didn’t change my fitness program – I don’t have one. I didn’t stop eating the things I love. I can smash a pizza… Destroy a slice of chocolate cake… Get lit on tequila… I just don’t do it as often!

I’ve tried losing weight in the past, and it didn’t stick. I’ve tried strict diets, but I’d often find myself elbow deep in a pizza because I got hungry or couldn’t stave off the craving. I tried working out, but it wasn’t fun, and tough to do so consistently while traveling… and I’d reward myself after a workout with a cupcake or something sugary and delicious that would invalidate all the work I’ve done. As you do.

But something finally clicked. I saw people around me living healthy lifestyles. I became frustrated with how unhealthy I’d become. I wanted more for myself. More for my life. So I changed a few things. And it was really damn simple. I’ll be sharing three small changes you can start making today, because developing habits doesn’t work so well if you dive off the deep end.

Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey Travel

Social skills are your secret weapon [LTJ]

What’s the big secret to living and traveling well? To a journey overflowing with unique opportunities and impactful connections? Strong social skills. I can’t emphasize enough the value that you’ll get out of being approachable, engaging, and able to strike up a conversation with anyone.

For the introverts and the socially anxious out there, I know exactly what you’re thinking…

‘It’s not that simple. It’s a natural ability and not all of us have it.’

I know. That’s why it’s called a skill. Skills are honed through practice. There is such a thing as an introverted extrovert. You can train that part of you. I did it. You can too.

Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey Travel

How to trust the journey… even when it sucks. [LTJ]

The thing about traveling (and life) is… it’s unpredictable. Yes, you can book a flight and a rental car, and plan out your itinerary. But if you’re the type of person that goes into every day with their heart and mind open to what’s out there? Get ready for the ride. You will never be able to plan for who you will meet, and how you will feel along the way. We are out in the world at the mercy of our environment. We have no idea what to expect.

Let’s get real. Would you really want to?