Did you know, you can quit your job, you can leave university? You aren’t legally required to have a degree, it’s a social pressure and expectation, not the law, and no one is holding a gun to your head. You can sell your house, you can give up your apartment, you can even sell your vehicle, and your things that are mostly unnecessary. You can see the world on a minimum wage salary, despite the persisting myth, you do not need a high paying job. You can leave your friends (if they’re true friends they’ll forgive you, and you’ll still be friends) and make new ones on the road. You can leave your family. You can depart from your hometown, your country, your culture, and everything you know. You can sacrifice. You can give up your $5.00 a cup morning coffee, you can give up air conditioning, frequent consumption of new products. You can give up eating out at restaurants and prepare affordable meals at home, and eat the leftovers too, instead of throwing them away. You can give up cable TV, Internet even. This list is endless. You can sacrifice climbing up in the hierarchy of careers. You can buck tradition and others’ expectations of you. You can triumph over your fears, by conquering your mind. You can take risks. And most of all, you can travel. You just don’t want it enough. You want a degree or a well-paying job or to stay in your comfort zone more. This is fine, if it’s what your heart desires most, but please don’t envy me and tell me you can’t travel. You’re not in a famine, in a desert, in a third world country, with five malnourished children to feed. You probably live in a first world country. You have a roof over your head, and food on your plate. You probably own luxuries like a cellphone and a computer. You can afford the $3.00 a night guest houses of India, the $0.10 fresh baked breakfasts of Morocco, because if you can afford to live in a first world country, you can certainly afford to travel in third world countries, you can probably even afford to travel in a first world country. So please say to me, “I want to travel, but other things are more important to me and I’m putting them first”, not, “I’m dying to travel, but I can’t”, because I have yet to have someone say they can’t, who truly can’t. You can, however, only live once, and for me, the enrichment of the soul that comes from seeing the world is worth more than a degree that could bring me in a bigger paycheck, or material wealth, or pleasing society. Of course, you must choose for yourself, follow your heart’s truest desires, but know that you can travel, you’re only making excuses for why you can’t. And if it makes any difference, I have never met anyone who has quit their job, left school, given up their life at home, to see the world, and regretted it. None. Only people who have grown old and regretted never traveling, who have regretted focusing too much on money and superficial success, who have realized too late that there is so much more to living than this.

Wunderkammer: Did You Know

all of this

(via awelltraveledwoman)

ughhhhh this is not helping with my heart-lag

http://hallyq14.tumblr.com/post/95291812714/if-i-were-the-devil-i-wouldnt-be-happy-until-i

hallyq14:

If I were the devil, I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree—Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first—I would begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you…

quite possibly my favorite photo I’ve ever taken, plus it perfectly exemplifies my mixed feelings about heading home in approx 10 hrs.  (at Mama Orphans Children’s Home)

quite possibly my favorite photo I’ve ever taken, plus it perfectly exemplifies my mixed feelings about heading home in approx 10 hrs. (at Mama Orphans Children’s Home)

me with my new extra appendage  (at Mama Orphans Children’s Home)

me with my new extra appendage (at Mama Orphans Children’s Home)

spiritualinspiration:

When you look out into your future, what do you see? What are the dreams and desires that you hold close to your heart?

So many people start with bold dreams, but then opposition comes. Life doesn’t turn out the way they planned. They lose a loved one or encounter difficulty they didn’t anticipate. Today, if that’s you, I want to remind you that the Creator of the universe designed you with specific gifts and talents that no one else has. He has you on this planet for a specific purpose. When you commit your life to Him, He promises to be with you wherever you go. Even though some things in life may have caught you by surprise, they didn’t catch God by surprise. His good plan for your life remains. You can trust Him because He loves you with an everlasting love, and He doesn’t want to see you settling for anything less than His very best.

I want to encourage you to be bold, be strong and be courageous. Put aside the past and lift up your eyes to Jesus. He is the Author and Finisher of your faith. Live boldly and dream boldly so you can embrace the good things He has in store for you!

spiritualinspiration:

When you look out into your future, what do you see? What are the dreams and desires that you hold close to your heart?

So many people start with bold dreams, but then opposition comes. Life doesn’t turn out the way they planned. They lose a loved one or encounter difficulty they didn’t anticipate. Today, if that’s you, I want to remind you that the Creator of the universe designed you with specific gifts and talents that no one else has. He has you on this planet for a specific purpose. When you commit your life to Him, He promises to be with you wherever you go. Even though some things in life may have caught you by surprise, they didn’t catch God by surprise. His good plan for your life remains. You can trust Him because He loves you with an everlasting love, and He doesn’t want to see you settling for anything less than His very best.

I want to encourage you to be bold, be strong and be courageous. Put aside the past and lift up your eyes to Jesus. He is the Author and Finisher of your faith. Live boldly and dream boldly so you can embrace the good things He has in store for you!

(Source: geekychristian)

🎶higha higha, higha higha higha higha, higha higha, higha Jesus higha 🎶 (at Mama Orphans)

I believe with all my heart that what the world needs is radically bold, sacrificially loving, God-besotted, freaks and aliens… The world does not need more cool, hip, culturally savvy, irrelevant copies of itself.

John Piper (via littlethingsaboutgod)

(Source: joshbishopreads)

larrycoincidences:

whenever i get low on money i start thinking really irrationally like what if i hadn’t spent that $10 back in 2004 

breakfast with Papa grizzly himself.

breakfast with Papa grizzly himself.

Behind the scenes on Chris Pratt's shoot for the July/August edition of Men’s Fitness [x]

what the WHAT?!?!?!?!

(Source: peterquill)

Remember, we bathe under the same sun, and sleep under the same moon. We are much closer than you think

Daniel Garfinkel (via kvtes)

(Source: nourishyouruniverse)

possibilityisinherhands:

flood people with compliments. make eye contact. don’t be the first one to let go of a hug. push yourself to run faster and further. listen intentionally.

well Libster, we’ve come a long way. from AVPM and chalupas to Dustin Hatzenbuhler, Harry Styles, vine, and tumblr. I am so proud to see how strong of a person you’ve become. we might share facial features and opinions on almost everything, but I see our God doing great things in you already. take heart, dear one, for He has overcome! ilysm & HBD!

well Libster, we’ve come a long way. from AVPM and chalupas to Dustin Hatzenbuhler, Harry Styles, vine, and tumblr. I am so proud to see how strong of a person you’ve become. we might share facial features and opinions on almost everything, but I see our God doing great things in you already. take heart, dear one, for He has overcome! ilysm & HBD!