The Importance of Every Journey

For the past four weeks I have been on a solo journey across the western states of the USA. I’ve traveled over 5000 miles while visiting beautiful National Parks such as Glacier, the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite and the Redwoods. Along the way I have enjoyed countless conversations with people from across America and from around the world. Inevitably Total Soulful Journey came up in these conversations along with a host of questions about life, reaffirming that people are hungry for actionable information on how they can live their best lives.

  Jump into life and reflect upon your journey and your goals. Photography by Paul Garrett

Jump into life and reflect upon your journey and your goals. Photography by Paul Garrett

Every trip has both an inner and an outer journey. Our best adventures not only inspire us and renew our energy, they also change and grow us. At the end of those long miles and adventures, we return home transformed. Time on our own helps us to examine ourselves and question where we want our lives to go. Self examination is critical not only to self growth, but also for helping us envision our futures. Without a vision, it is hard to know where to go and easy to feel lost and aimless. From time to time it is important to step back from our fast paced lives and take a time out for ourselves, question where we want to go and set a new course that aligns with our purpose and our dreams.

  Get out of your    comfort zone    if you want to see the big picture. Photography by Paul Garrett

Get out of your comfort zone if you want to see the big picture. Photography by Paul Garrett

At the beginning of this trip I was not 100% sure where I was going to live next since my time in Washington had just come to an end. I knew what my priorities and wishes were, but I needed confirmation from the universe to make my next move and this trip gave me the time and the signs to know exactly where I need to be. My mission has also become completely clear, which is a beautiful blessing.

If you feel lost or struck in your life, take a break from your daily grind and routines. Give yourself the gift of time and space for self reflection. Ask yourself questions such as, “Am I really living the life of my dreams? Or am I living according to someone else's expectations of what I should be doing with my life?” The quality of our questions often determines the quality of our lives. And remember that life is about the journey and not about the destination as we continually strive to become the best versions of ourselves. In other words, life is about growth. When we stop growing, we start dying. This is just like how our muscles start to atrophy if we stop working out. The satisfaction in our lives is also dependent upon being true to ourselves. If we can’t be authentic, then we tend to suffer in silence and fail to live up to our full potential. As Libby has said before, “Be bold, be you!!”

  Take time to enjoy the destination, but remember that there is always a new horizon to discover. Life is a continuing journey of growth and discovery. Photography by Paul Garrett

Take time to enjoy the destination, but remember that there is always a new horizon to discover. Life is a continuing journey of growth and discovery. Photography by Paul Garrett

I’m so stoked to write a bold new chapter in my life and I encourage you to do the same. Let’s continue to inspire and encourage one another to pursue our dreams. We all have so much potential to share with the world and now is the time to step into action!!

Wishing you a Total Soulful Journey,

Paul


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