One of my greatest motivations is exploring the world, and to me this means doing life in a variety of new places. While I have always loved traveling, I’m unsatisfied by feeling like a tourist; I crave the familiarity and understanding that I believe only comes from making a new place home. When I do travel short-term, I make note of the locations and environments where I could see myself setting roots, and in my mind I keep a big hopeful list of future living prospects.
You could say I’m on a quest to collect experiences, and so far it seems that everywhere I’ve lived has had unique experiences in store; each new place has affected me in its own sweet--or not-so-sweet---ways:
In Tulsa (my origin), I came to understand roots and what it is to “grow up”. Life in Oregon taught me many difficult yet necessary lessons on love, life, and learning. I lived in Paris, where I was constantly awestruck by the wonders of human adaptation. Chicago showed me how, if you give yourself proper permission, bravery really can be very simple. And now, living in Brooklyn, I’m understanding action and growth like never before.
It takes time, and just like relationships with people, a relationship with a place can blossom, becoming more complex and rewarding, or it can stagnate and fizzle out. Either way, with an open heart and open mind, every place contains valuable lessons about identity and how to fit into this crazy thing called life.
This desire for the freedom to travel long-term is a huge motivator for me to become my own boss.
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