Monthly Archives: June 2015

Insights from Moving

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Relieved to say that I am finally all settled in my new home in Columbia, South Carolina! The past two weeks have been very busy preparing to move, saying goodbye to loved ones in Cleveland, traveling to South Carolina, unpacking, and preparing for international business school.

The moving process has brought mixed emotions, sweat and tears, and hopeful anticipation of my new journey in the southern United States. In the stress of moving, I was reminded to find joy (inspired by my friends, and family) in order to make the transition as pleasant as possible. Below are some of the great insights I have gained from completing my first cross-country move:

1. Moving helps us declutter, organize, and prioritize our belongings. We may not be able to bring that favorite stuffed animal or antique vase we have had with us for years. While we may feel sad to leave it behind, we can donate it and provide joy to others.

Source: Avro Moving

Source: Avro Moving

2. Moving provides us with the opportunity to revisit our travel trinkets and favorite clothes and accessories, reminding us of our favorite memories from our adventures. We can think of packing as a time to reflect on all of our past experiences, providing us with closure as we transition to the next step in our journey.

3. Moving teaches us how to turn any place from “house” to “home.” By adding our own personal touches, decorations, and photos, any place can feel like “home.” We can seek the familiar to make us comfortable like we are at home. For example, in the United States, I have learned that it is comforting to see similar stores across states. My favorite superstore, Target, and my favorite pharmacy, CVS, are everywhere,  which makes moving across the country less intimidating.

4. Moving enables us to refresh who we are and who we want to be. We can adjust our daily routines to improve our health and happiness, seek out new hobbies, and learn new cultures from our local surroundings. We can take a deep breath of new fresh air and start the day remembering “carpe diem.” We can make a place what we want it to be.

I hope these insights provide you with an inspirNational mindset to help you as you move now or in the future. I am reminded of one of my previous posts, Bloom Where You Are Planted, which I will remember as I get established in Columbia. With moving season upon us, good luck as many of you make the exciting life transition!

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The Door That Opens

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Source: Quotes Valley

Source: Quotes Valley

This month, my goal is to focus on the door that opens!

I am very excited to embark on a new adventure to Columbia, South Carolina to earn my International MBA from the University of South Carolina. In the coming months, inspirNational will experience a French influence, as I will be studying French to add to my language and culture repertoire. In addition to living in South Carolina for the next two years, I will spend next January through April in Paris. I look forward to capturing inspirNational insights and sharing them with you as I enter this new life phase. Bon voyage!

Why Travel? Part Six

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Looking for inspiration to travel? Need to convince your budget or your significant other that travel should be in your future? Below I captured some of my latest favorite quotes and images that demonstrate the value of travel throughout our lives:

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As I said in my Why Travel?, Why Travel? Part Two, Why Travel? Part Three, Why Travel? Part Four, and Why Travel? Part Five posts, each of these quotes makes the wanderlust in me grow stronger. Don’t hold back- go on another adventure and be inspirNational!

Tips to Create an inspirNational Bucket List

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One of my favorite things to do before I move or begin a new life phase is create a bucket list. A bucket list outlines the most significant activities I would like to do and places I would like to go. I have moved every year since age 18, which makes me feel like an expert in creating bucket lists. In fact, my inspirNational mindset of living life to the fullest and seeking opportunities has been the exact mindset I have needed to create bucket lists.

Source: Art of Date Night

Source: Art of Date Night

Below are five tips to create an inspirNational bucket list that I have learned over the years:

  1. Write down your bucket list and constantly review it. By writing your ideas, you are helping commit them to memory and making your dreams turn into reality. It is also satisfying to be able to cross items off your list as you complete them.
  2. Create a calendar. What timeline do you have to complete your bucket list? The calendar will help you organize the bucket list events and make the process seem less overwhelming to do everything you would like.
  3. Prioritize your bucket list ideas. Consider dividing them into what you “must” do before you move or begin a new life phase and what you would like to do if you have time.
  4. Target different areas of your life. I often find that my bucket lists involve restaurants. Since it is not realistic for me to go out for multiple meals every day, I have made sure to include other activities besides eating, such as attending concerts or running in parks.
  5. Be open minded to new ideas and events. Planning your bucket list ahead of time is helpful, but there may be new “real-time” opportunities that you cannot plan. By allowing spontaneity, you may be surprised by the enjoyable experiences you will have.

What other tips do you have for creating a bucket list?