Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.

—Anthony Bourdain

“Do You” vs. “Be Like Me”

There are two kinds of people:

  • Those who encourage you to be the best version of you and will support you as long as you’re happy & healthy (and don’t hurt anyone else’s happiness/health).

  • Those who push you to be more like them, because if you don’t, then something is “wrong” with you.

Love is a Verb

When people say, "you have to love yourself first," it means more than just being able to look yourself in the mirror and say, "I love myself" and "I'm comfortable in my own skin."

Loving yourself is about those little acts you make every day that strengthen your mind, body, and spirit.

Just a reminder:

  • we have all done unforgivable things
  • we have all wanted to punch holes in a wall
  • we have all made someone cry
  • we have all let someone down
  • we have all had a broken heart
  • we have all told a lie
  • we have all wanted to throw our life away
  • we have all stayed up late overthinking
  • we are all humans and we are trying to do better today than we did yesterday

Loneliness does not come from having no people around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to you.

—Carl Jung

The Four Agreements

1. Be Impeccable with Your Word

  • Speak with integrity.
  • Say only what you mean.
  • Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.
  • Use the power of your Word in the direction of truth and love.

2. Don't Take Anything Personally

  • Nothing others do is because of you.
  • What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dreams.
  • When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be the victim of needless suffering.

3. Don't Make Assumptions

  • Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.
  • Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama.
  • With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

4. Always Do Your Best

  • Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.
  • Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.