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The Happiness of Pursuit

logoI had the most enjoyable evening at the Chris Guillebeau book signing event (Sept. 30, 2014). First of all, the book store hosting the event is located in the psychedelic Haight/Ashbury area of San Francisco. And it truly lives up to its groovy reputation.

I enter the quaint book store and instantly feel the positive energy that can only come from a gathering of “Questers” (People who are on personal “quests” to bring fulfilment into their lives.) While anxiously awaiting the arrival of Chris Guillebeau, Questers are exchanging stories of wild adventures and exotic travels. It’s quite thrilling hearing all these amazing and inspiring stories… And just when  I thought it couldn’t get any better,  someone brought treats!

I take my seat and immediately begin talking to the guy next to me. David is his name. He’s this really cool guy from Ireland.  He’s a traveller, and has already visited 61 countries. I asked him what motivated him to start travelling, and he replied, “Well… When you’re stuck on an island, all you want to do is ‘go'”. I love his answer.

An extremely friendly and funny guy seated behind me was this young kid (early 20’s) who happened to be a travel hack guru. I didn’t know much about travel hacking, if I’m to be honest, but man, did I learn a lot! (Travel hacking is basically the art of racking up points with various companies. These points can then be used to book hotels, pay for plane tickets, rent cars, and much more!)

Chris Guillebeau, author of “The Art of Non-Conformity”, “The $100 Start-up”, and most recently,  “The Pursuit of Happiness” is a quester’s guru. He’s travelled to every country in the world. He inspires and motivates through his books, his blog, and by example.

In his latest book, “The Pursuit of Happiness”, Chris shares stories and lessons from his travels and from other questers he’s met along the way. The moment you start reading this book you are instantly inspired to pursue your happiness.

I encourage you to check out his blog if you’re longing for some inspiration.  ChrisGuillebeau.com

This Is A Story About Control…

Working out to some old school Janet Jackson this morning when her song, “Control”, started erupting through my ear buds.  I’m still a huge Janet fan, but this song in particular always gets me motivated.  What I love about this song is that it is a Declaration!  

 

“This is a story about Control.  My Control.  Control of what I say.  Control of what I do.

And this time I’m gonna do it my way.”

 

She knew what she wanted to do, how she wanted to live, how she wanted to be treated, and she declared it in this song.  Nobody was going to tell her what to do or how to live.  She controlled her career, her personal life, and her joys.  She didn’t rely on anyone else to make her happy.  Nor did she work her ass off to make someone else’s dreams come true.  She knew what it was going to take to achieve her goals.  She declared it.  And she went after her dreams!

I believe it is important to declare our dreams, our goals.  Write them down.  Make your ideas and thoughts tangible so you can see them on daily basis.  Declare who you are, how you want to live, what you want to do, and what you’re willing to do to achieve your goals.  You must be clear and specific.  You must work at it everyday.  And never take your eyes off your prize for you may find yourself working you ass off for someone else.  

This song, “Control”, motivates me to stay focused on my goals.  This song encourages me to live my dream life.

What is your declaration?  What are your goals?  What are your dreams?  Are you living your dreams?  I want to know.  I hope I’ve encouraged you to go after your dreams!  Please feel free to tell what you’re doing to accomplish your plans.  I’d love to hear from you.  

Spiritual Awakening

I spent two glorious days in San Francisco.  It was exactly what I needed to restore my spirit!  The first day was spent at a motivational/inspirational event.  It was amazing.  I learned a lot.  I experienced a lot.

The event started with about 45 minutes of Kundalini Yoga.  It was my first time practicing this type of yoga.  Or any type of yoga for that matter.  I tried yoga at my gym, but that was more exercise-based.  Kundalini Yoga was about quieting my mind and spirit.  It was about finding that inner strength.  I thoroughly enjoyed it!

The rest of the night was spent discovering and realizing what was truly holding me back; keeping me from achieving my goals.  What a powerful night!  It was eye-opening, and at times, a hard pill to swallow.  What I learned most was that I have the power to live my dream life.  However, I gave away my power/my strength by blaming others for my misfortunes.  The truth is I have no one to blame, but me.  I must accept responsibility.  I am responsible for my downfall.  But guess what!  I am also responsible for my achievements.  I am responsible for creating an awesome life!  I can make it happen!

My second day in San Francisco was spent enjoying what the beautiful city had to offer.  I spent the day relaxing.  I walked around the downtown area.  So many fantastic shops, restaurants, and cafes.  The best lunch I had in a very long time was spent dining in the outdoor patio area of this wonderful cafe.  The weather was perfect (about 72 degrees).  Traffic wasn’t hectic.  It was just enough to provide ample opportunity for people-watching.

This is just the beginning of my adventures.  I plan on doing a lot more!  I’m so excited to finally feel like I’m living!  It feels so good to be unstuck!