How I’ve Decided to Live
Have you ever heard that what we teach, what we coach, and what we share, we need to learn and live the most?
My intention in creating #couchkills is to inspire you to metaphorically get up off your couch and get out into life!
To create and live a life of inspiration, adventure, and especially travel. Yes, to travel in your own neck of the woods, but also to experience bigger and bolder travel. To be left breathless by traveling to all of the amazing corners of the world.
So as sat I in front of a blank screen this morning ,wanting to write my first article about travel and about adventure, I struggled with where to start. What do I say? What do I share? Suddenly, I realized how much of my life I’ve been sitting on the couch talking, and not actually on my feet traveling. I dreamed of traveling, I had the desire to travel, but I had let too many things get in my way.
Now don’t get me wrong, by some people’s standards, I’ve traveled a lot. And I have (I won’t bore you with where, but it’s been a lot), but not nearly as much as I could have.
So with that being said, welcome to my personal declaration. From this day forward, you’re going to see me traveling and sharing how I’m personally “couch killing” all over the world.
In fact, I’ve just decided I’m going to start traveling today. There’s no need to wait, and no need to have a ticket for a big trip. I can create an adventure each and every day, because travel is as much of a mindset as it is the actual trip. And I believe that creating a daily travel mindset is going to cause the big trips to happen a whole lot faster and a whole lot more often. So there it is: my declaration, my intention and my personal call to action all wrapped up in one.
Disclaimer: What I’m about to share below may sound hypocritical, as I’m traveling at this moment in my chair, in front of my computer. But there’s nothing wrong with a little down time to help you get clear on what you’re willing to do to create a life you love.
So to get my trip for today started, I decided to travel the internet and gather inspiring quotes about travel (see below). It’s a nice place to start. For me, it’s been very empowering gathering a portfolio of travel quotes. I can always come back to these quotes if I need to tap back into my desire to get up off the couch and start traveling again. In fact, it was so much fun finding travel quotes, I can now see this will be a life long pursuit. I found a boatload of quotes, but I’d like to share this quote from Goethe first. This quote really cemented for me the spirit of what I will always remember for myself and what I’d love to inspire others to consider:
“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.”
– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Next, I decided I’d finally start using the Pinterest account I created a long time ago. I didn’t stay in my account too long, fearing that I would get sucked into it and lose track of what I wanted to share. But I gotta say, I enjoyed the trip. Too many people spend too much time wishing for and dreaming about the trip of a lifetime. Why not start experiencing a little of it inside Pinterest? When used wisely, it certainly is an amazing tool for discovering, planning and pinning where you want to travel.
To start the ball rolling, I created my first Pinterest travel board. I picked Italy, one of the places Kim and I love to travel to, and one that we’ve proclaimed we want to visit more. While creating the board, I took the opportunity to add a little more intention and energy. I clearly wrote out what I wanted my Italy trip to capture, and what I’ll want to experience and share as I create all of my travel boards. Collecting pins of great places is fun and easy, but it also helps to think through and write out in words what you intend and what you want.
“This board is where I’m collecting all of the places I’m discovering to visit, experience, eat, cook, hike, adventure, and create a lifetime of memories for Kim, the kids and I. I’m excited to share what I’m discovering with all of my #couchkills peeps who love traveling in Italy as much as I do.”
Last but not least, I finally ordered a subscription to one of my favorite publications, “Monocle: A Briefing On Global, Business, Culture & Design” I’ve always loved the publication, and every once in a while I’d buy a copy. But it’s time to subscribe, because to me, subscribing says you’re all in. And that’s the how I’ve decided to live the rest of my life: all in!
Yeah, that’s the ticket I just bought. I’m a life long subscriber to #life. What else is worth subscribing to?
My Travel Quotes
The sunshiny woods all a thrill;
The grayling asleep in the river,
The big horn sheep on the hill.
The strong life that never knows harness,
The wilds where the caribou call;
The fresh, the freedom, the farness—
Oh God! How I’m stuck on it all.”