Change doesn’t have to be Location.

I HAVE to have change every so often. I hope my future husband learns to love that about me. I recently backpacked Europe this summer and I was given a lot of time to self-reflect. I learned I love meeting new people and especially learning their culture. I quit my job before I left and had open arms to what this summer was going to bring me. The first few countries I went to, I felt like an outsider. A foreigner. The few people who were nice to me were refugees, forced out of their country because of war. Sad. I’m an American and ironically the few that showed me compassion towards me were all from the Middle East. It made my heart happy to see the kindness that we shared with each other. My trip was a smoother experience later on in the weeks. But, I would say the first two weeks was the best learning experience I could ever ask for.

Traveling shows you a new world and opens your eyes to life outside of your comfort zone. I left the United States with hopes of learning new cultures, what I didn’t know is how I would come back to the U.S as a proud citizen. It’s so easy to see our countries mistakes, we are all guilty of that. When you are away you begin to appreciate the beautiful things the U.S does offer. I learned I have the ability to create whatever life I want! I currently reside in the Midwest. I claim California as well, my heart has always been on the coast. This summer I have decided on making a lot of changes. I want more music. More bike rides. More farmers market. More yoga. More adventures. I was settled and comfortable, taking for granted all of those things I {could} be doing.

I stayed with many GREAT people on my summer trip. One of them I met on WordPress! I know that sounds a bit scary, but I trusted my instincts. He opened his home, friends and life to me. My friend, Sara, traveled with me and also loves him as well :) (David) Never be too good in any situation to make a friend. I was shown a lot of compassion on this trip. My hope for myself is to share that same compassion towards others, the world. When I get settled in I want to open my home to couchsurfing.com. The most important thing I have learned is this.. No matter where you go, who you meet; you have one opportunity. To learn. And apply what you have learned by having an open-mind with the world.

No, I can’t just get up and go whenever I feel stuck. But, I can take every opportunity I can to learn from what the world has to show me.

“When you change your thoughts, you change your world.”    -Norman Vincent Peale

Much LOVE,

Meg❤Image

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13 thoughts on “Change doesn’t have to be Location.

  1. Shanae says:

    That sounds like a wonderful adventure, I would love to do something like that. I’ve never been out of the U.S. I dont even own a passport. Shame. I’m glad you had a great experience and meet great people. I’m inspired…

    • Megan says:

      You should apply for a passport. It’ll make you feel like you have no boundaries! It was great, not all of it was as rosy as people would think. But, it was all a lesson! It was definitely a learning experience about the type of person I am. Thanks!!

  2. Shanae says:

    Megan Im going to do get me one for sure! Amen to lessons learned and thank you also

  3. sheilabmarie says:

    This is such an inspirational post! Traveling the way you did is something i’ve thought very hard about doing. Its reassuring to see that there are people like you who’ve been out there and taken on a life transforming adventure. It truly seems like an amazing experience. I will most definitely be reading more of your writing soon. <3

    • Megan says:

      Oh it was amazing!! I highly advise you to DO IT! When you do, let me know. I would love to give you some tips! Things I did.. and wouldn’t do again lol.
      Meg

  4. You know I love a good travel story! Glad you enjoyed your travels and you had the ability to learn and change on the way :)

  5. Great thoughts about change-thank you for sharing. I always love to learn about someone else’s reflective journey, because it sheds the light of wisdom on my own life.

  6. Perfect love little sister :-)

  7. Beautiful post. I am so glad that I travelled as well as it has helped me to have open mind and learn new things :)

    • Megan says:

      Oh I agree!! Especially being from the midwest, there are a lot of small minded people. It really helped me see the bigger picture! I wish everyone could experience the diversity and love that comes with traveling. Thank you :)

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