For the first time in my life, I know what I want.
I want to connect with people because that’s what lights me up.
I always kind of knew this about myself but it wasn’t until a recent trip to Israel that I realized, this is what I need to do with my life. Knowing and understanding this about myself was a huge a-ha moment for me: to be the most engaged, elevated, and empowered version of myself, I need travel, connection, and inspiration. After all, the only way to create and live your best life is to know what your best life is.
Landing in Philadelphia after ten life-changing days in Israel, I felt overwhelmed at the idea of going back to “real life,” which, at the time meant under-employment, living in my parents’ house, and a seemingly endless search for meaning and direction in my life. It took me two months of being back to realize that I already knew what I needed and had been living it all along.
Since coming home from Israel in December, I have been to New York City (twice), Washington, DC, and Boston (twice). That’s pretty impressive for someone who genuinely thought that travel was entirely out-of-reach. I didn’t realize it at the time, but these short trips to visit friends and family up and down the east coast were my way of connecting with my highest self. So maybe sleeping on friends’ couches isn’t quite as glamorous as a hostel outside Jerusalem, but let’s get real, there was nothing glamorous about the hostel either (so. many. cats.).
The point is, travel isn’t limited to exotic countries and frequent flyer miles. You can drive thirty minutes outside your hometown and experience something new. You can connect with the cashier at the grocery store. You can find inspiration anywhere. As long as you know what your best life is, you can create it anytime, anywhere.
Something to think about… When are you the most engaged, elevated, and empowered version of yourself? What do you need to live your best life?