March 7, 2013

Beyond My Peripheral Vision

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Traveling has given me the opportunity to see the world through different eyes. It forces me to look beyond my peripheral vision, to experience different ways of living, to learn new "normals", and to develop interesting perspectives about life and what inspires me. 

Whether we're living abroad or in the States - I tend to live more "in the moment" when we're in a new hockey home. I feel like I'm actually awake, doing things that are out of the ordinary, simply because those things are happening in an unfamiliar place.

Life isn't so automatic and habitual when we're away from home ... simple things like going to the grocery store can turn into an adventure. Every day feels new, interesting, exciting and stimulating.

I wish that I could bottle these feelings up and take them home with me for the summer.

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  1. This is all so true! :) Have a wonderful day!

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  2. So true, way more easy to 'seize the moment' when something is new or temporary!

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    1. It's bananas. I am really going to TRY to keep things exciting and interesting when we're home for the summer. I get into the "same old routine" when we are in Massachusetts...but I should really look at is as more of an adventure and get out and see all that I can before I'm away from home and missing it again!!

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  3. girl, i applaud you for being able to "pick up" and go. i am such a homebody, sometimes i feel anxiety about going to anything happening beyond 4 miles of my house... that's a little extreme, but somewhat true. i am definitely going to try to incorporate some of your adventure into my life!

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    1. Haha! I can "pick up" and pack our belongings in 2 hours flat...but it never gets easier to leave home. It actually is starting to get a little bit harder each time we do it! I'm a wicked homebody too. It's tough having your heart in so many places.

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  4. We travel around alot for our job. I completely agree with everything you wrote. We kinda keep our house in pick up mode just in case.

    xo
    jessa

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    1. Is it sad that I consider being able to pack up our entire apartment in under 2 hours, and getting our suitcases to weigh exactly 50 pounds special talents? Haha!!

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  5. I hope to be able to go to California (for The One Expected Party in LA--it's a Lotr geek knock out party)and to England to visit my British buddy in 2015. I have been to Alabama on my own, and I loved traveling--I hope I get to do it very often in the future! I love hearing about other places! And this site, NomadicMatt, is excellent for traveling tips. Absolutely incredible.

    And yes, getting completely packed in 2 hours is awesome! I bet I'd take forever!!

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  6. Totally agree. Since moving to Hong Kong, I feel like I've gained a new perspective on life. I am more relaxed about school and more willing to try new things and expand my comfort zone. Every day is a new adventure.

    And yes, one of the challenges of going back to the States will be keeping that adventurous, curious spirit.

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