My year started off in Philadelphia as I rang in the new year at a ballroom New Year’s Eve party. I was still living in my beloved apartment and I had a big birthday bash with my sister for my 25th and her 30th. Although I was having fun, something wasn’t right. I went to Puerto Rico with one of my best friends and that trip was the turning point that made me realize that I needed more life in my life.
I had a couple of rough months trying to figure out what to do with myself, but once I finally made the decision to leave home, what followed was FREEDOM, adventure, and self discovery.
Someone I consider a friend, though I haven’t actually met her yet (we met through an awesome organization, Girls Who Travel) wrote a blog post recently on her blog She Goes Global called Eat, Pray, Whatever. The post was about how people are comparing her current journey to the book and movie: Eat, Pray, Love.
After reading her post, I watched the movie again. There were some parts that stood out to me as well representative of our #SoloFemaleTraveler lives.
A lot of us ladies started out traveling because for whatever reason each of us had, we needed a huge change. Many of us had a bit of a revelation or breakdown, so this first quote resonates:
“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” -Eat, Pray, Love
This year of transformation has been the most memorable year of my life. From acknowledging beautiful sunsets to appreciating new city skylines, I remember the details. I lived in the moments. I took time to reflect on how far I had come and how I proud I am of the changes I’ve made and places I’ve traveled to.
And now, I welcome 2016 with arms wide open, ready for another year of happiness, progress, and change.
“In the end, I’ve come to believe in something I call ‘The Physics of the Quest.’ A force in nature governed by laws as real as the laws of gravity. The rule of Quest Physics goes something like this: If you’re brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting, which can be anything from your house to bitter, old resentments, and set out on a truth-seeking journey, either externally or internally, and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher and if you are prepared, most of all, to face and forgive some very difficult realities about yourself, then the truth will not be withheld from you.” -Eat, Pray, Love
Start your journey in the new year. Free yourself, and let 2016 be your year like 2015 was mine.
Happy New Year!