Days 68 to 54: Be Brave, Take Risks

“Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.”
– Napoleon Hill

Ever since I was twelve and watched the first Lord of the Rings movie, I’ve wanted to visit New Zealand. I was in awe of its beauty and had fallen in love with Middle Earth. I didn’t know how or when but I knew that one day, I would travel to that mystical land.

After everything that happened last year, I was on the fence about taking this trip alone. What if I was too sad or spent too much time wallowing in the past when I should be enjoying myself? I was afraid that if I spend so much time alone with my thoughts that I’d retreat back into the well of self-pity, which I had just spent a great deal of time climbing out of. However, despite my fears, I decided to pack up and go.

It was the BEST decision of my life.

And, let me tell you, I did not spend a moment thinking about my past. There just wasn’t enough time! Every single day was spent truly living in the present – taking in everything that New Zealand has to offer, meeting new people and just having a great time. Being present, focusing on one moment in time, has made a huge difference in the quality of my memories and in my experience. This is how I want to live my life.

One of the highlights of this trip was the four days I spent in Queenstown, New Zealand.  Despite staying at Reaver’s Lodge (which was one of the worst accommodations I’ve ever been in) and being crammed into a closet room with three other girls, Queenstown will always have a place in my heart.

It is here; that I finally found myself.

I spent most of my life making excuses or finding reasons not to do things I’ve always wanted to do. I let my fears consume me – the fear of what others might think, the fear of taking risks, the fear of failure, the list goes on…

What better place to conquer my fears than in Queenstown – the adventure capital of the world?

On one very crazy, adventurous day, I jumped 15,000ft out of a plane, jumped 134m off a ledge and was swung across a canyon at 125kph! It was incredibly exhilarating and maybe I was super high on adrenaline but in that moment, on that day, I felt invincible. I thought that feeling would evaporate once I moved onto another city, or returned home but it hasn’t.

Something changed that day.

I think when I was standing on that ledge, about to bungy, I realized how powerful my thoughts are. I could psyche myself out or I could just do it. That’s exactly what I did. I didn’t allow myself the opportunity – not even a second – to replay all my fears or convince myself that it was a bad idea.

Think about it.

We CAN do anything we set our mind to. It’s taken me almost 30 years to come to this realization. I’ve been confining myself, limiting myself, behind walls that I created for myself!

Once you start to change your mind, your attitude, the walls come crashing down and the obstacles, you once thought were insurmountable, start to shrink.

Success is only one thought away.

Think about it.





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