Remember your dreams
and fight for them.
You must know what
you want from life.
There is just one thing
that makes your dream
the fear of failure.
-- Paulo Coelho
When we were back home in Calgary last week, our friends and family kept telling us that they really look up to Jeremiah and I for following our dreams and leaving our life behind to do what we love. This urged me to want to clarify some details on this topic, because the great and glamorous moments are shared on social media, and while I love these of course, following your dreams also involves some setbacks and defeats. Shabby apartments, taking public transit with loads of luggage, not being able to make friends right away, or a language barrier when moving to a new country are only a few things that we encountered on our own journey. So I thought I would focus on and share two topics that helped us making the most of a new chapter, and also enabled us to stand above all of the negatives that may happen:
Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.
-- Anais Nin
A supportive partner is key in making a new chapter a success. He or she will understand your emotions and be your biggest fan and also your toughest critic in all the situations you may experience. Like I mentioned earlier, it isn't that easy to make friends as an adult in a new city, so time with your partner may be all the socializing you may get for a while. Be sure to communicate and push each other. Don't hold each other back, but instead push to make the most of every single day.
Do not let money hold you back! This is easier said than done, but with planning, saving and healthy spending habits, set money aside that will allow you to live your dreams. A move to a new country isn't possible without some cash! Spend time saving, and then imagine the time ahead just living! For us, it wasn't a yoga retreat or a trip to Bali, but it was going to Fashion Weeks in London, Milan, Paris and Berlin - living the dream means something different to everyone. So hammer out your dream, and then save away, but don't let money be the reason that holds you back.
I encourage each and every one to figure out your ultimate goals, and then live your dreams, and do not let money, time, distance or routines stop you. For me, it was a supportive partner and a saving strategy that allowed me to do everything I have done the past few years. Do you have tips that have helped you to make a big move? I would love to hear in the comments below!
In generous partnership with Joe Fresh