What swimming underwater taught me

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As I sit today reflecting, I keep thinking about what I’ve created in this short lifetime so far: a growing book project, deep friendships around the world and an adventurous spirit that continues to carry me to new places around the world and creatively

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I think back when the travel bug and courageous spirit began; I was 16 years old and my parents sent a fearless girl on a plane to Belgium. Sometimes I wish I could go back to that 16-year-old version of myself and pat her on the back for taking that flight all alone across the world. She was strong, and totally fearless that time.

She then quit school to follow her heart, backpack from Thailand to the edge of Vietnam and teach children in Cambodia. From 20-25 she co-created a book that was a reflection of her own internal struggles.

Sometimes I wish I could go back to that 16-year-old version of myself and pat her on the back for taking that flight all alone across the world. She was strong, and totally fearless that time.

Danielle’s Musings

…And now I’m 25, about to (finally!) graduate, with many more ideas on the brink.

I encourage you to listen to your skills, curiosity and look at how your time is spent. If you feel an urge to do something, take one tiny step towards that goal today. After so many lessons, I believe the world is acting for us, not to us. I believe that how we react to our drive and curiosities is how we create our path. I truly believe we have a right and responsibility to ourselves to serve to our biggest dreams!

We are completely capable of those little (or big things) we want to do. So, even if you’re scared, book a new adventure, take a new hiking trail, call your grandma on Sunday, take the photo (yes, even the selfie!), try visiting a museum alone, publish that imperfect post, or art piece, or book project, say “I love you” and also, never ever take a moment of your life for granted

Lots of love,

Danielle

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