“I’d rather burn with desire deep in my soul, and love like a fire that’s out of control. And laugh and dance and fall and chance and kiss. I’d rather live my whole life with a sense of abandon, squeeze every drop out, no matter what happens. And not wonder what I’ve missed. I’d rather risk.” -Risk (Paul Brandt)

Travel is my passion; it totally lights me up! It’s me at my happiest, and I love pretty 158much everything about it (not the packing part). I just got back from one of the most amazing vacations ever! I was part of a group of runners that raced our way across Panama. There were 5 legs to the race – all with a variety of terrain (some very challenging) and a volcano hike just for fun! Meet www.race2adventure.com. So, what made this trip so incredible?  Phenomenal people, beautiful scenery, sunshine, beaches, the ocean, old/new friendships, going outside my comfort zone, sights unseen by most tourists, delicious food, perfect weather, being outdoors every day, plus the experience and support of Merritt Hopper and his team.

I almost did this race in Guatemala last year, but (for various reasons) it didn’t work out. Everything happens for a reason. Last year at this time, I still thought that this race was something I couldn’t actually do. I still believed my “I’m not an athlete” story. (Thanks to life coach training, I let that thought go!) So, was I super successful in this race? I suppose that depends on your definition of success. For me, I just wanted to go, complete each leg, and not die. Mission accomplished! I’m not a runner (and didn’t train at all), so I walked most of the way. And I only fell once. Lol. Even that was meant to happen and is a great metaphor for life. In the past, I would have told myself how clumsy and uncoordinated I was, how stupid I looked, what an idiot I am, etc. (yes – just for slipping on gravel while walking down a hill). The fact of the matter is that sometimes we fall – literally and figuratively. Shit happens. Hopefully we then get back up and move on – sooner rather than later.

“If we’re growing, we’re always going to be out of our comfort zone.” ~John Maxwell~

People often ask me how I’m so brave. They wonder what allows me to take risks. In all honesty, I don’t put much thought into it. I’ve never really thought of myself as a risk taker.  As far as being able to have the experiences I’ve had (such as participating in a race across Panama without knowing much about the details and not being a runner), I always keep an open mind when an opportunity presents itself.  If I want to do something, I do it. If I don’t want to do something, I don’t. It’s really that simple. Then I just drop the expectation of what it’s going to be like and enjoy whatever shows up. There’s no worry or fear of the unfamiliar and no attachment to the outcome. Having no preconceived idea of what “should be” allows me to enjoy everything that happens in the present moment.

What do you dream about? What are you waiting to do “someday”? (you know – when you have “enough” time, money, etc.) Are you 100% positive there’s no way for you to do it NOW? Don’t let fear hold you back! Life is calling your name! JUST TRUST AND LEAP!

“The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” ~Leo F. Buscaglia~

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