My name is Lisa. My mission is to be me.
That may sound like a simple mission that wouldn’t require much effort, right? Wrong. In today’s world we are constantly bombarded with messages that we need to be something more – prettier, smarter, healthier, more successful, etc. I had spent years in corporate America trying to be the person everyone else wanted me to be. I juggled a successful growing career as an HR Business Partner, multiple social circles, my health and volunteerism and finally something had to give. Unfortunately, that something was my health.
It wasn’t until I got really sick, and diagnosed with Lyme disease that I realized the life I was living wasn’t much of a life at all. I was constantly stressed out, took pride in an over packed schedule, and spread myself way too thin amongst various professional, social and family commitments. So, with the decline in my health, I was forced to reevaluate my priorities. After realizing I had it all backwards, I took ample action to change the order.
I spent over a year fiercely focusing on my health. As it should have been all along, it was my number one priority. This meant having to take a leave of absence from the job I loved, saying no to dinners and parties with friends, and even foregoing a new love interest. I needed to get better and I was willing to do anything.
I had heard these words by Gandhi many of times, but didn’t believe them until they directly applied to me: “it is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” I was determined to fight and promised myself that if and when I got better, I would live the life of my dreams.
Well, thanks be to God, my stubborn personality and a positive attitude, I got well! I was so happy to finally be feeling back to my old self, it was truly an answer to my prayer. However, this meant I had to honor the promise I made to myself. I had to live the life of my dreams.
OMG! This was scary! I had been talking about traveling the world for years, but now I actually had to put my money where my mouth was. I had to take ACTION.
So, I took it one step at a time. I applied to volunteer to teach English. I was accepted. I paid my fee. I was invested. I booked my flight. I was committed. I told my boss. I was accountable. I packed my bags. I was ready. I said goodbye to my friends and family. I was supported. I got on the plane. I was terrified.
Well, here I am today, months later and 8 countries visited to date, and I am loving the life I live. I thank God everyday for this adventure, for the experiences, and mostly for the people I have met along the way.
Loving the life I live does not mean that every day is sunshine and rainbows, in fact, the travel life can be extremely challenging, but that’s what it is all about. It is an adventure. It is life and it is a beautiful life.
The purpose of my blog is to share my experiences, lessons learned and stories from the people I meet with you. I hope you follow along.