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June 2019

Feeling Left Behind in Life

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Do you ever feel like you are being left behind in life? That you aren’t getting as far as those around you. Do you feel like you are too old to try something new, or to become what you wanted to be? Do you feel as though all the good opportunities, success and easiness of life are going to someone else?

In today’s society, it’s becoming more and more common to feel the pressure to be the best of the best by the time you hit 25. You are expected to have a large social media following, a comprehensive social life, happy marriage that still gives you all the feminism you desire and a healthy thriving career. There is very little to no room for error as you need to be on top of your game at all times. You need to be thin, but not too thin; happy but not boastful. There is a certain appearance that you are expected to be at in this life, and anything less than is deemed unacceptable.

Our world is full of contradictions to the point where it can be overwhelming to even try something new. You are bombarded with those who tell you that you aren’t good enough or you’ll never get off the ground. That your idea makes no sense. That you don’t possess the right personality to own your own business. There are thousands of people out there promising to help you grow your Instagram into a thriving multi-million dollar venture. The list goes on and on.

I believe you truly need to step back and look at this world and where we are going with fresh eyes. Understand that there is no time like the present to do what you want in this life. That your goals and dreams are there for REASON. You have not been left behind, you are right where you need to be. Every experience, every moment you have dealt with, everything has led you here so that you can become the person you were meant to be. There is so much in store for you, so much potential that you haven’t even tapped into yet. Don’t let trivial comments, fear or pressure from this world stop you from showing everyone who YOU are and who YOU will become!

Start spreading positive light in a very self-centered hateful world. Start being a positive force to the community and start utilizing the potential you always knew you had. There is absolutely nothing stopping you, but you!

xoxo-Kayla

Confident Travel – Seattle Edition

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The Pacific North West stole my heart in a way that no other place has done before. From the moment we got there, it just felt like where I wanted to be. Everything around us was lush and green and every turn had lakes, rivers and waterfalls. The water was a deep rich blue surrounded by the most vibrant green. Because of the constant rain in Seattle, everywhere you look had the greenest greens surrounded by thick moss and vibrant greenery. There wasn’t a single place in the area that didn’t have a picturesque view. It was like stepping into the fairy tales and movies I had watched for years. Where everything was a magical wonderland just steaming with adventure and excitement. Seattle had the home away from home feeling I was always looking for.

It took less than 24 hours for me to start looking at my husband with giant heart eyes saying just how much I wanted to live out there. Everything about it just screamed adventure, fun and comfort. This wasn’t a place I ever thought we would want to end up, but the fact that my love for the area grew so quickly, I was willing to move that day!

Then one day, I had one of the most confident moments of my life. I was standing in the outskirts of Seattle when I realized that if this was the place that God led us to, that we would be just fine. That whatever obstacles we faced we could overcome them together. That even though Seattle is on the other end of the country and a 4 hour plane ride away, God’s plans are greater than our own. I had no doubt that if we were called to move to Seattle for my husbands three year residency that we would thrive and grow.

Confidence comes in the most unexpected ways, whenever it comes embrace it and use it to grow. Wherever you are, focus on the good around you. Enjoy the moment that you are in. Never in my life did I think I would get to do all this traveling at the same time, to be in Seattle for over a month, and to fall in love with travel even more than I had before.

Travel brings such confidence, it broadens your world view, it challenges you, but most of all it brings excitement and fun into your life! Have confidence that you can travel and watch how much confidence it in turn brings to your life.

Trailer Life Reflections- 2 Months on The Road

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We are two months into our year of travel! It has been an amazing, crazy, incredibly busy time in our lives. We have driven and flown thousands of miles. Every day we have been challenged, between issues with campers, cars, or just general life headaches.

Traveling always comes with a small level of stress, between the constant changes and unknown that you throw yourself into. One of the most stressful experiences for me is the unknown of the parks that we are traveling to. We don’t have the time or resources to go and check out our RV parks prior to arrival so we have to put a lot of faith on what we see online and reviews of the park. It’s incredibly stressful driving across the country and hoping that the space you have reserved is in a nice, safe area and will work for the month or two that you are there.

Fortunately for us, we have had wonderful experiences so far. The parks have been clean, well maintained and the people have been friendly and accommodating. Our experience on the road has forced us to let go of our need for control and learn to trust that things will work out.

An example of this just happened the other day. On our way down to University of Florida Hospital, our truck broke down! We were only an hour into our trip and had to pull over for 3 hours while we tried to fix the truck. Luckily, we have wonderful friends who helped us figure out the problem and get back on the road after lunch. We have had several moments of cars breaking down, electrical, and roof damage and a whole host of other issues during these last few months.

Through it all, my wonderful husband has taken on each challenge with grace and fixed each problem so that we can move on. This road has been laced with challenges, however each step along the way has been worth it in order to stay together. No matter how frustrated or tired we get, I am thankful for the time we get to spend together. So here are a couple tips that I’ve learned on the road.

1.) Have Patience.

Between the constant travel, new environments, car and trailer issues and busy schedules; its easy to get frustrated and take it out on your spouse. Patience is a necessity along with a whole lot of grace and love. It’s easy for me to get frustrated after dealing with my travel and work schedule, but I have to take a step back and remember how tired and stressed out my husband is. When I do, I have more patience and love as I know he is doing the best he can as well. Patience becomes easier the more we step back and look at things from another point of view.

2.) Perspective is Critical

I find that I can get lost in the day to day of trailer living. The trailer gets messy quickly because its so small, it can get lonely being by myself all day, and I can get frustrated that there’s no one to talk to during the day. For me, I have to have perspective that we are able to experience new areas in the states, we are able to travel together and we are able to accomplish my husbands goals of being a doctor. The more I remember the goal, the easier the day to day gets.

3.) Expect the Unexpected

The amount of problems with the trailer, the car, the truck and just general travel has been crazy. It feels like every time we turn around there is something else we need to fix. These unexpected challenges are draining and can be discouraging as they seem to keep coming one after another. Give yourself grace when these challenges come, don’t focus on what you could have done to prevent it, just take it as they come and have grace with yourself and your spouse.

4.) Have Confidence

It is absolutely critical to have confidence in yourself and your spouse. Confidence that you can tackle situations together and with grace. Confidence when your car breaks down on the side of the road, when the roof leaks all over the floor, or when the electrical suddenly goes out. Traveling in a trailer will always bring some sort of problem, its how you face it that matters. Be confident in yourself that you can handle whatever comes your way.

After two months on the road, we feel like seasoned vets at this! But be on the look out, I have no doubt there is more to come!