Apologies to any Latin speakers, I was going for a Carpe Diem feel with the title of this post.
Over the past year, I’ve heard a lot of people tell me why they could never do what David and I are doing—taking off adventuring without really knowing where or when we’re headed someplace new. And I’ve had a lot of people tell me how jealous they are of what we’re doing—moving to a foreign country with scads of charm and history.
Why can’t you?
Why are you jealous?
More importantly… why aren’t you seizing opportunities?
This month, David and I get to live in Paris in this adorable flat near everything. Why? Because I made the opportunity happen. I didn’t wait for opportunity to knock—it rarely knocks, you know. It’s more like a gentle tap on your shoulder. Instead, I seized an opportunity that presented itself to me.
It was definitely one of those gentle taps on the shoulder things.
Here’s how it happened — I was chatting with a friend, she mentioned they’d bought a flat in Paris and instead of saying something like, ‘That’s great! I’m so jealous!’, I said, ‘Can I stay there?’. Sure, it was weird asking, but what did I have to lose? If she said no, oh well. But, she didn’t. She said sure!
It’s the same with our Edinburgh adventure. I didn’t wait for someone to offer us a chance to live there. We made it happen. It all started with asking…
I wish I could use a magic wand so everyone could see the magical possibilities all around them.
Because you know what? They’re there.
This is one of my favorite sayings ever. Know why? Because it’s so true! Dreams are amazing and awesome and fabulous to have, but if all you do is dream, then it’s just candy fluff in your brain.
- Look for opportunities.
- Pay attention.
- Listen to your friends or family, or even people online.
- Don’t be afraid to ask! If someone says no, that’s just an opportunity to look for the right fit for you. It’s out there—go find it!
This year, I’m asking myself, ‘How hard are you willing to work for it?’ because I’ve come to realize dreaming and passion aren’t enough. If I want something—truly desire it—what am I willing to give to get it. The world owes me nothing and nothing is free. What are my dreams worth to achieve them?
It all starts with a question. What is your dream? What are you willing to do to achieve it?
From David, Lady Dazzleton, and me in Paris, go live your dream!