The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb
And so it goes for following your dreams.
We all have dreams, dreams for our future, our career, our families, travel and so on.
Some of us may have big dreams that feel just like that, a dream. I have a newfound inspiration that I want to share with you, the belief that any dream can become a reality, no matter how big.
The first step to achieving your dream is to believe in yourself, visualise your dreams becoming a reality, make a plan, set short and long-term goals and work HARD. Then work more and more and more. Nothing great ever comes easy, so achieving your dreams will be hard work, and that’s exactly why today is the day to start.
My dream has always been to travel the world. Now, my dream is to earn money while travelling the world, a life I only ever imagined as a dream until recently.
I have spent a total of 2 and a half years travelling around the world. At the age of 18, I packed my bags and set off on a life-changing adventure. I moved to Canada for one year, all by myself. After my year abroad I returned to study for a year before deferring and again moving to Canada for a winter season, followed by six months backpacking around the US, Mexico, Central and South America. Again, I returned to Australia to finish my degree, sneaking in a semester of exchange in Hawaii. Upon graduation in July 2016, the second phase of my life began. The phase where I thought I had all the travel out of my system and was ready to follow the traditional life path – graduate from University, get a career, a house with a white picket fence and a dog of course.
Less than 12 months into my working life, I have come to the realisation that this isn’t at all my dream. My dream always was and continues to be travel. I have only just touched the surface of what there is to see and experience.
And that is why I am here writing to you. Because I have decided to follow my dreams.
I started this blog just before my second trip to Canada. I wanted somewhere to share information about destinations with my friends and family. When I got settled into “my career”, I stopped blogging. I was so focused on my working life that I stopped thinking about the other long-term possibilities.
I have always been a goals oriented person, however, found then when I graduated and started my current role, my goals were basically just to be healthy. It was like I had arrived at my destination and was no longer thinking about what else, the next step.
My next step is to make a living off the internet, so I can continuously travel the world in my twenties, the very best time of my (your) life.
Some of you may be thinking that this dream isn’t possible. For a long time, I didn’t think it was. But I have a new found belief in myself and my ability to learn to make it happen. Like I said before nothing great happens easy. I will be spending hours and hours on my blog each week, in addition to my full-time job. I will be reading more, improving my photography skills, watching tutorials, webinars and connecting with other bloggers.
This is just the start and I have a long way to go and a lot to learn, but I am ready. I believe in myself, I am creating my short-term and long-term goals, I am visualising my success (from a beach in the Bahamas) and I am taking action.
I am following my dreams, and today is the day you should start. Nothing in unachievable and there isn’t anything that we can’t learn.
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So what is your dream? Comment below!