Australia + Clarity.

•  21.December.2012

I’ve been asked a lot this year why I travel so much. “Isn’t it hard to be away from home?” | “Doesn’t it wear you out?” | “Isn’t it hard to keep up a routine when your gone all the time?” The answer to all of these questions is of course “yes” but this yes has never once overshadowed all of the amazing things I gain from investing my time in traveling. Running two small businesses has been no easy feat, and as the year comes to an end, our most recent trip down under gave me the opportunity to step back from my brands and really reflect & gain clarity around what’s going well and what needs to change. Some days I feel like I have all of the answers and then other times I feel like I have none. What I know for sure, is that my passion for creativity and my belief in the importance of expressing ourselves through art and what inspires us hasn’t waivered…if nothing else it has grown immensely. Much of this passion falls hand in hand with my passion for experiencing other places and cultures. I’ve said it many times before on this blog, but traveling is the thing that makes me feel most like myself. And when I get to travel AND work at the same time? Wow – it doesn’t get much better than that.

Australia was such a sweet blissful opportunity for Adam and I, and I will be forever grateful that we had the chance to spend this dedicated time together. Thank you to all of our friends and family that encouraged us to invest in this trip when we had doubts if it was the “responsible” thing to do. It was amazing to see a new country, build relationships with new friends and experience new things as a couple. Traveling alone is something I actually thrive on, but there isn’t a moment when I don’t wish that Adam was right there with me on my solo trips. This trip in particular reminded me again of how lucky I am to have an amazing man in my life, and how even luckier I am that he is supporting me through this thrilling and sometimes scary journey I’m on. Some days are hard, some days are positively life-altering, and some days I just feel as though I’m floating along. Many of my goals for 2013 revolve around being more intentional in my actions and to really hone in on what’s most important in what I do/what fulfills me most and how to make time to do more of that.

Visiting Sibella Court’s SPECTACULAR shop in Sydney called The Society Inc. was one of my favorite afternoons of our trip as it was like stepping into an eclectic/cluttered mess of a world that completely made euphoric sense to me. I’m not kidding when I say the visit to her shop changed my life. Sibella understands the beauty of life’s details in ways I’ve never experienced before. Her talents as a stylist are endlessly inspiring, and her ability to curate a shop inspired by her travels around the world made me feel as though ANYTHING is possible. I wish I could have turned the entire shop into fairy dust that I could bottle up and sprinkle on myself on those days when the mountain feels too high to keep climbing. It’s moments like these on my travels that keep me fighting the good fight. I’m so grateful for stylists like Sibella who encourage interpreting the world in ways that feel inherently you.

I’m excited to share photos from our trip (including some additional shots of Sibella’s shop) and will be doing so in the coming weeks. I’m really really hopeful for all of the new adventures of 2013 and can’t wait to continue blogging away through the process.

P.S. Adam has claimed for years that he can’t take pictures and that he doesn’t know how to use my camera (believe me there have been enough blurry, washed out photos to attest to this). The photo in this post proves that miracles really do happen and that he will no longer be able to opt out of taking photos on our adventures. Good job with this one love!

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8 Comments

21.December.2012

I travel for the same reasons :) and I also find people have trouble understanding them. Everyone ha their thing, I guess! Glad you had such a beautiful time in Australia. I hope to go sometime.

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jenn

hi danielle! yes! i’ve learned that although my travels may cause question in others it only matters what makes us most happy and those in our immediate surroundings…significant others, children, close friends and family etc. as long as we are balancing time with these important people in our lives (not always the easiest things to do!) what others think really doesn’t matter. if you ever get a chance to go to australia let me know! i’d love to share some tips of places to go with you!

I will definitely let you know. Hopefully soon-ish! :)

21.December.2012

Beautiful post, I feel the same for travelling. I am more me during the trip, and I come back home full of energy aafter each single trip. We are blessed for having the possibility of travelling and feeling all this. Merry Christmas!

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jenn

hi vero! you couldn’t be more right – so so blessed for the opportunities. there are even times when i feel more pressure to feel inspired and use my travels to their max benefit as i know it is something not everyone else gets the opportunity to do. i try never to take the opportunities for granted. do you do the same? thanks for following along on my blog! love having you as a reader!

What an absolute dream to go to Sibella’s shop!! I was wondering if that was on your list. :) Good for you for listening to your heart and not worrying about what other people think. Happy to hear you got some clarity on the trip! xo

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21.December.2012

I love reading about your travels. Adore it. I’m stuck at home for the time being with no money to travel… keep the photos and stories coming.

Kacie

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