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Adventures in New Zealand

Queenstown, Otago, New Zealand
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You know those 'once in a lifetime' experiences? Welll I try to make them experiences... not just once in my lifetime. As a photographer, I love exploring new places and meeting new faces.As I sat in the airport waiting for my first flight, I thought about where I was and what I was doing with my life. I mean… what else does one think about when they have 28 hours before they get to their next destination?I was traveling to the other side of the world… SOLO. 21 year-old me would be nervous as hell. 31 year-old me? Nope. Oddly, I didn’t have one ounce of fear in me. I was excited. Energized. I had done this before. While I didn’t know what exactly was to come, I knew it was going to be a good time.I booked this trip less than 30 days before it was scheduled to depart. Talk about impulsive. Not in the “pick a random spot and just go” impulsive way, but in the “OMG I just booked a trip across the world. Did I think about this long enough?” kinda way. You see, for as spontaneous as I might appear, I like to really think “impulsive decisions” out. Contradiction? I think yes. I WANT to be spontaneous, but I have to think and think and think and THEN when I’ve thought it through “enough” I move forward. This could take a night or even a week; but I will analyze and over analyze.Goal #1: I need to get better about just trusting my GUT.Don’t me get wrong, NZ and Australia have always been on the list to visit, but sometimes I don’t believe I actually get to take these kinds of trips. Turns out, I “get” to take these kinds of trips because I choose to actually take them. (Who knew?!)The thing is… this is my life. These are my experiences. This is my personal happiness. These are the things I WANT to do. Each year this becomes clearer and clearer to me.I work hard; I have two very busy jobs; I work full time AND own my own business. I work 80 hours a week majority of the year. The funny thing about that, is that I love being busy. I love both jobs. I love designing. I love taking pictures. I love it all… but what I love more than both of those?? Welp, TRAVEL. Experiences. People. New places. Seeing. Doing. LIVING.I CHOOSE to do this. I LOVE this. I live in a small apartment that’s affordable. I have zero debt. I plan. I don’t have people dependent on me. I love these journeys. I love meeting new people. I love exploring.I won’t be able to do this forever. So… I go for it. Ultimately, there wasn’t much to think about. I know what I want right now out of my life and THIS is what makes me happy. More of the story: There is no better time then NOW. GO travel.
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