Monthly Archives: January 2014

How to DESTROY your comfort zone

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One of my goals for this year is to deal with fear in a proactive way and step outside of my comfort zone more often.

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Even writing it makes me feel sick.

Comfort zone.

Disgusting.

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Yet, almost every single person in our society is stuck in one – with no way out.

We stay where we are, because we’re comfortable. We hold on to what we have, because it makes us comfortable. We buy things we don’t need, to make us more comfortable. We let social conditioning tell us what to do, because we want to live a comfortable life.

This is usually the part where I’d tell you that if you want to live a comfortable life, then go ahead and do that – then follow up with some reasons you probably, maybe, might want to reconsider.

I’m not going to do that.

This is the ‘No-Bullshit-Guide to Life’ for a reason. So here it is, no bullshit:

The comfort zone is fucking pathetic. Living a ‘comfortable’ life is fucking…

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Pictures ~ a lot of pictures. Get ready for some serious scroll action.

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Railay Beach. Krabi, Thailand. One of my favorite weekend getaway spots.

Railay.

My friends from Texas came to visit Thailand! What an insane week.

Only in Thailand do they have to ensure you that there are NO prostitute in the bar…

The bus ride to Krabi is 150 baht. Less than $4 USD.

Watching the sunset on my patio in Surat Thani.

This is what happens when school gets canceled for the week. Rough life, I tell ya.

My idea of paradise! Secluded beach in Koh Samui.

Namaste

A little too excited about motorbike adventures

Thai food FTW.

Bungalow in Samui.

This guy knows what’s up!

This guy is really enjoying his vacation. He’s sitting on a beautiful beach in Thailand scrolling through Facebook!

Crystal Bay.

F@cK your comfort zone

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I’ve seen the most incredible sunsets in Thailand.

Walking through a deserted beach town.

Palm trees for days.

Walking past a fisherman village.

Khanom Beach.

Feeling like a backpacker..haha

Dream as if you’ll live forever

Look what I spotted!

Green is my favorite color

Interesting house-thing-majig found on the side of the road.

Spent this day exploring the deserted beach town. Easily one of the happiest days I’ve had in the past 4 months.

2nd solo trip to Krabi. Some of the travelers I met at the hostel. We had at least 5 different nationalities at this table!

A check off the bucket list: Big Buddha in Koh Samui.

Just chillin’

Saw a trail, parked our motorbikes, and found this empty beach. Score!

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Went a little too hard at the market

NYE in Phuket. Floating lanterns and fireworks.

Hello 2014!

This is a tribute to my favorite British guy, Tom.

No idea who this guy is

Couldn’t have asked for a better way to ring in the new year. Bring it on, 2014.

What hangover? Phuket, Thailand. Jan 1, 2014.

**** To be continued 😉

2014: A year for DOING.

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2014 is the first year in my 23 years of living where I have this weird sense of freedom. For the first time in pretty much my entire life, I don’t have the obligation (for lack of a better word) of school to hold me back from doing the things I’ve dreamed. Life after college is a bit scary. If I’m being honest with myself, I still have no idea what I want to do career wise. I know what my interests are, but I can’t seem to pinpoint which career field I belong to. At this point in my life, the thought of working a 9-5 office job bores me to tears. So, that’s part of the reason why I found myself in Thailand, I suppose! I can’t really write about all of the little “life lessons” I’ve learned so far on this journey, but one thing I know is that whatever happens from here on out, life always has a funny way of working itself out. This year, I have forced myself to admit my faults, so that I don’t make the same mistakes in 2014. I can be a huge worry-wart when it comes to the future (my to do list is serious business), and in the past this has affected my day to day life, causing unnecessary stress. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to admit your weaknesses and work to improve your mental well being. No big change ever happens overnight but I’m proud of myself for taking the first big step.

This year is a year for doing. It’s too often that we daydream about how our lives could be instead of living them out. Wherever I decide to go in this next year, I’m going to make it happen. Long story short, I don’t just want to be a dreamer, I want to be a doer.

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Resolutions for 2014:

  • Live simply.
  • Eat clean.
  • Stop worrying so much and just let things happen.
  • Love more. Don’t build unnecessary walls.
  • Do random good deeds for people & pay it forward.
  • Less time spent on Facebook and phone.
  • Travel (duh)
  • Don’t let fear get in the way.
  • Take up a new hobby — piano, soccer, kayaking, etc.
  • Read more.
  • Do something new once a week.
  • Volunteer.
  • Cut up credit cards and pay off debt. Don’t take more than you can afford, in other words.

Bucket List for 2014 (and beyond):

  • Volunteer at a music festival again.
  • Couch surf. Now that I’m more comfortable with traveling alone, this is the year to make it happen.
  • Camp and sleep under the stars.
  • Go on a motorbike ride for hours with no destination — CHECK, sort of.
  • Get LASIK and see more clearly. Contacts are a PITA (pain in the ass)
  • Send a message in a bottle.
  • Get fit and attempt to do yoga without breaking out into a total giggle fest. A clear mind and healthy body would do me good.
  • Give more, and expect less.
  • Visit NYC.
  • Road trip to Colorado and see a show at Red Rocks.
  • Learn a new language (already attempted French, but let’s face it — Spanish is more useful)
  • Visit Canada, Virgin Islands, Brazil, Peru, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Cambodia, Myanmar, etc. (Ok, maybe I just need to make a separate travel bucket list….)
  • Visit Jennifer in Washington and Arex in Boston.
  • Volunteer at a hostel in Austin.
  • Try to make someone smile everyday.
  • Visit Jacobs Well in Wimberley.
  • See the Great Wall of China.
  • Move to South America.
  • See Macchu Picchu (sp?)

My China Mantra: You Are Enough

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Her blog is awesome, hilarious, and inspiring. Check it out.

Wander Onwards

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My life feels like a whirlpool at the moment. At all times of the day, I am furiously scribbling notes into my shitty Chinese phone to remember once I get a chance to sit for 10 minutes…

Things to do:
• Email Mom a list of things I want her to bring from home.
• Buy eggs
Buy a jacket, winter clothes
• Pay rent (…for the next 4 months???…IN CASH??) Kill me.

My desire to make rent for my new apartment absolutely crushed my desire to be warm or eat properly. Priorities are king.

Those notes were from a week ago.

I currently have 3 jobs… 4 if you count networking/socializing to find a better job so I don’t have to work 3 jobs. Lets count.

1. Daytime Kindergarten Teacher
2. Business English Tutor For An Engineering Company
3. Free Lance Marketing/Blogging

Right now, my quality of life…

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