I want to start by sharing how my travel experiences have given me freedom in ways I never knew possible. Traveling gave me the freedom to understand myself, or more truthfully that freedom gave me the chance to get to know myself. I was 21 when I landed in New Zealand and like every 21-year old I thought I had a lot more of life, and myself, figured out than I did. Traveling not only gave me the freedom to get to know myself, who I truly was and wanted to be, but it gave me the freedom to be comfortable being that person. More than comfortable even, I was able to be confident and happy in my own skin.
When you travel there’s no stigma, no story, you have nothing but your name and where you’re from. It wasn’t right away that I learned this lesson, but the most valuable lesson I ever figured out while traveling was: in getting to be any version of myself, without even trying I was able to become the best version of myself. Suddenly, when there nothing attached to my name but my blonde hair and my home country, I could be anyone I wanted to be. And in doing that, I got to become the most genuine and authentic version of myself that I’d always wanted to be. It’s been a humbling privilege that I am thankful for every day.
This whole process though
was is, like everything else worth having in life, a journey. I didn’t know that I wasn’t being my most authentic self before I went traveling, all I knew was that there was a part of me that felt unfulfilled. I felt boxed in to this life I was creating. I’ve learned something else as I’ve grown up, we all feel boxed in in life in one way or another. Sometimes it’s our job title, our daily routines, sometimes it’s the label we’ve been given or the one we’ve unknowingly created for ourselves (I was the 10-year plan work-a-holic). But here’s the crazy dynamic about that box – some days we love that box and comfort it provides, and some days we feel trapped. What a crazy thought, right! We can be perfectly content in our box while at the same time dying to jump out.
That’s where I hope I can come in!
I want to share my stories, hear your stories, hopefully share with you some helpful tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way and so much more. My journey to FindingHolly is nowhere near done. I hope you’ll join me on this next adventure and maybe along the way you’ll find a bit of yourself too!