June 20th, 2016 by Amy Adams

A Gypsy Heart Loves to Travel

Post by Ann-Maree M

What is it about travel that brings us to our senses, bringing about the full gamut of emotions?

You see, I left home just over two weeks ago to arrive across the other side of the world in blogpreparation to join a ten day cruise with a difference. That event was Influence Live cruising and conferencing in one, with the Prosperity of Life Community surrounded by like minded people. I consider this as time out to expand my thinking in leadership and entrepreneurial skills as well as exploring the ship and the shores, discovering the new.

Growing up in a family that never travelled, I definitely got bit by the bug somewhere and I’m grateful it chose me. When I was in my twenties, instead of traveling the world with a backpack, I discovered Australia by road for a year or more.

Then I worked my way into a career where I flew many times a month, interstate then the annual international trip to an event. And for a time I lived abroad with the opportunity to travel to lands I never imagined I would get to experience. ‘And they call this work’ I said?

People said to me ‘you’ll get tired of the travel’ and I didn’t. Instead I began to travel for fun to attend events where I learn and discover and fell more in love.

What I’ve realized about travel is this…it’s everyday life on steroids.  It’s challenging and rewarding, tiring and invigorating, negotiating and then going with the flow to surprise and delight.

Travel is defined, presenting a ‘one of opportunity’ to experience life through a specific lens at this specific moment in time, just like working on ourselves.

Why defined? Well the road trip around Australia for starters was a continual journey, from one destination to the next and while we decided how long we’d stay in a spot, we were continually moving. And if we were to linger in one place, it was unique in the moment as are thoughts.

I often hear people grizzle about work travel however I am continually surprised and delighted by the quick work trip interstate to remind me of the beauty of the seasons, the slight change in culture and the people we meet, along with accomplishing why I was traveling in the first place.

It’s the beginning of the journey I love…I love flying! With no technology to check, to sit back and reflect or get some seriously great work done, I am free to create. I went through a stage when I felt a little out of place traveling solo. The good news is I did overcome that mind chatter and today never give it a second thought. As I work on myself through my ongoing desire to make personal development a practice, the things that matter become clearer and the rest isn’t even a consideration.

When it’s your time to travel, embrace the opportunities that present themselves to be in the moment that stands before you. And you may be surprised as what traveling alone can teach you about the world and about yourself.

1.  Endless Possibilities
There are so many places to visit, people to meet and many things to experience. Dream big, explore, and continuously work to achieve more.
2.  Much to Learn
Experiencing how others live in a different culture is enlightening and making us appreciate what we have. With an endless amount of knowledge to be unlocked through travel, visiting and learning in person is truly a life-changing experience.
3.  Expand Communication
Being present and savoring the moment opens our heart to see that there is much beautiful diversity in the world, yet somehow we all share similarities, we’re human.
4.  Appreciate Independence
Traveling alone gives us time to think and explore new things. Once I would have been afraid to sit at a restaurant or try something new on my own. Traveling alone helps us to let go of these fears, to enjoy days on our own and to reflect.
5.  Food for the Soul
Embracing new surroundings, we forget about the day-to-day worries of life. Whether it’s traveling to a new restaurant someplace local, a different state or a different country, each location carries something unique. Be present and take it all in.

These five relate to the journey I embarked on with personal development. From books to seminars and workshops to this cruise, it’s continual for me, like taking a shower every day.

It’s not about where you go or how exotic travel is travel.
From the Sunday drive to seeing the world there’s plenty to see bringing joy, discovery and the adventure.
Same goes for the daily practice of personal development. And if you couldn’t make this Prosperity of Life event, then be sure to get to the next one, it’s life changing.

‘Ones destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things’ – Henry Miller

2 Responses to “A Gypsy Heart Loves to Travel”

  1. chrissy greig says:

    Thank you Ann-Maree for a wonderful post I really enjoyed reading it. We missed this Prosperity of Life event due to our son’s wedding but we will be at the next event in New Zealand for sure. ( I had better tell our daughter the dates so she does not spring a wedding on us) . My experiences from previous Prosperity of Life events have been life changing. We will catch you at the next event where I’m sure Shane Krider along with Rachel Krider and Greg Storm will have some amazing information to share and what fun it will be exploring New Zealand with the Prosperity of Life community.

  2. Ann-Maree M says:

    Thanks Chrissy I remember you telling my about the wedding, very special indeed. Auckland Sovereignty Live here we come – very excited and hot on the heels of Influence Live.
    The Influence Live recording is now available for everyone to access Shane’s amazing delivery of extraordinary insights… looking forward to this too.

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