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Why Travel? Part Nine


It is crazy to me to think that since my last “Why Travel?” post in February, I have traveled to 7 countries and lived in 3 places. My desire to travel has continued to grow, along with my appreciation for home and what makes a house a home. As we plan the last couple months of 2016 and prepare for a new year of adventure ahead, I wanted to share more inspiration for all inspirNational followers to travel and experience the world, whether you are one mile or one thousand miles from home.


As I have said in my Why Travel?, Why Travel? Part Two, Why Travel? Part Three, Why Travel? Part Four,Why Travel? Part FiveWhy Travel? Part Six,Why Travel? Part Seven, and Why Travel? Part Eight posts, there are SO many reasons to travel. Each of the quotes in these posts makes our wanderlust grow stronger. Start planning your next inspirNational adventure!


Dare to be Different


While enjoying bubble tea in Greenville with one of my MBA friends this morning, we discussed our career plans and he paraphrased a Steven Spielberg quote that guides him. He said in order to be successful, we can either aim to be the best or aim to be different. This quote really stuck with me because more often than not, I am focusing on striving to be my personal best, which is a great objective, but I can also take pride in being different. Each of us has our own individual strengths that we can contribute to the world. This is what makes us inspirNational, seeing and offering new perspectives to the world. Rather than directing ourselves to follow the herd and the path others expect us to take, we should dare to be different.


Throughout the first few weeks of my summer internship, I have learned that being different has allowed me to stand out, meet genuine friends, and try new things. While conforming to our job’s cultural norms or our home’s cultural norms is part of society, we should also stay true to ourselves and contribute our diverse experiences to the community around us.

One little way that I dare to be different is to wear accessories that tell my story. I have received compliments on what I have been wearing, and it has been so fun to tell my peers the unique stories about each of my accessories. For example, I have a pair of black and white newspaper-patterned sandals that I designed as a Christmas gift from my first employer, which I have been able to describe and tell them about the newspaper connection to my interest in writing. I have also worn my butterfly necklace and earrings, which I purchased in the Monteverde cloud forest in Costa Rica, and have been able to tell people about my adventurous trip to Costa Rica and interest in travel, speaking Spanish, and sustainability.

Another way I dare to be different is to try new hobbies that spark my interest. Over the past week, I have gone boating in the Charleston harbor, experienced my second wine and painting class, attended my first barre class, bought my first adult coloring book (finally joining the decade’s trend for adults :), and started my first indoor vegetable garden. Most people succumb to labels and say they are a runner, a foodie, a golfer, a hunter, etc. I have realized that I am not the kind of person to do just one hobby – I am creating my own label as citizen of the world who likes to experience new things and be local wherever I am visiting or living. If that means hiking, I’ll hike. If that means painting, I’ll paint. I know I like to be active, healthy, creative, and social, so as long as the hobby meets one of those objectives, I am willing to try anything with anyone.

I am also working to spend more time alone, allowing myself to reflect and listen to the inner voice that guides my happiness and life direction. Tuning into our inner voice grounds us and encourages to follow our own path, despite what the external noise and societal pressures may tell us. It is also important to make sure the environment where we spend our alone time inspires us and allows us to feel true happiness. I have discovered that my personal happy space can be in any beautiful nature scene, the greener the better, or inside listening to music with no agenda. My goal has been to make sure I give myself time for these personal happy spaces every week, and ideally for at least a short amount of time every day.

Finally I am daring to be different by offering a smile and compliment to everyone I meet. Throughout my life I have been told that I am so positive and cheerful all of the time, which was originally phrased and received as criticism, but I am now changing my mindset. I have realized that there is so much negativity and sarcasm in the world, and it’s about time that we have a few people who stand up for optimism and genuity. I have noticed that all the executives and leaders I have met across organizations have an aura of optimism, confidence, and genuine connections with others. To the “haters” out there, this is food for thought as we determine our career ambitions and role in society. As the common quote says, those who are crazy enough to think that their ideas and dreams are possible (and are optimistic about them) will be the ones who achieve them.

How will you dare to be different?


inspirNational Quotes IV


“Have the courage to say “no” today so you can say “yes” tomorrow to something you really want.”

Problem solving and can’t find a solution? Consider this thought from Deepak Chopra:


Here are other quotes that have caused me to pause and reflect:

“Climb the mountain so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.” -Anonymous

“It is more important to feel strong than to be strong.” -E. 4th & Yoga

“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” -Michael Jordan

“Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.” -Oprah

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” -Orison S. Marden


Source: Spirit Sciences

Source: Spirit Sciences

I tweet inspirational quotes and articles often – follow @brittanyvb to see all the quotes and more information about my sustainability work. Also check out my inspirNational Facebook page – “like” the page to see all of my blog updates and related articles.

I hope these quotes leave you feeling inspired and motivated to start the week. Happy Sunday!

InspirNational Quotes II


How often do we actually spend time reading our e-mails? I have to admit that given the number of advertisements I receive via e-mail, it’s easy to just skim or quickly skip through my e-mails. For some reason, this morning, I decided to read the following e-mail from Susie Frazier, an artist in Cleveland, who got me to pause and reflect today. I wanted to share her wisdom with you:

“How would you feel inside if you knew you could not fail? Say the decision maker that mattered most was already on board with your idea. Would you be assertive to present your dreams? Cool-headed when faced with obstacles? Or more forgiving of yourself when you trip up? It’s true the uncertainty of any outcome has been known to strangle my imagination (and my outlook) at times, despite being a professional imaginer.

But not today.

Today, I opened a door that I previously closed and marched myself right to the edge. I jumped at the chance to try something bold, something risky, with no hesitation and no fear of making the wrong move. All I felt was a gut rattling conviction to trust my instincts. And it was amazing.

Happiness doesn’t magically burst onto the scene because we’re committed to a certain end game. It blooms quietly within when we experience unwavering confidence in ourselves. But first, we must believe.

I am grateful for artists like Susie Frazier who think outside the box, challenge conventional thinking, and push us to be the best versions of ourselves. I feel inspired to believe in myself, trust uncertainty, feel confident, and bloom in happiness.
Below I captured some of my other favorite inspirNational quotes that I have read recently, adding to my original inspirNational quotes post.
“Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?” -@Inspire_Us
“Turn your can’ts into cans and your dreams into plans.” -@OprahQuotez
“Every day you wake up with the opportunity to make success happen.” -@LinkedIn
“It is not what we give but what we share.” -James Russell Lowell
"The difference between where you were yesterday and where you are going to be tomorrow is what you think, say, and do TODAY!" -@LaBioguia

“The difference between where you were yesterday and where you are going to be tomorrow is what you think, say, and do TODAY!” -@LaBioguia

I tweet inspirational quotes and articles often – follow @brittanyvb to see all the quotes and more information about my sustainability work. Also check out my new inspirNational Facebook page – “like” the page to see all of my blog updates.

I hope these quotes leave you feeling inspired and motivated to start the week. Happy Monday!

InspirNational Quotes


As I gather collections of inspirNational quotes from international thought leaders, I will share them on my blog. Quotes are a great way for us to connect with others from diverse backgrounds, reminding us that we are all united by the human spirit. Below are some of my favorite quotes that I have stumbled upon this summer:

“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.”  -Oprah Winfrey

“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” -Norman Vincent Peale

“Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” -Carl Jung

“To bring about a better world, let us all strive together with vision, with courage, and with optimism.” -Dalai Lama

“The best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.” -Elbert Hubbard

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” -Seneca

Each of these quotes has caused me to stop in my routine and reflect on who I am, who I want to be, and where I am going. Sometimes just a few words can completely change our mindset. I’ll conclude with a powerful quote by the late Robin Williams, who is an inspiration to us all and reinforces the significance of quotes:

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”