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A month ago, I was on the phone with one of my best friends, Kavita J. Patel (pictured above, center).  She asked, “What do you want to do for your birthday? Should I fly to San Francisco?”  “Aw, thanks, love,” I said, “but I don’t know if I want to be in San Francisco and if I know you’re coming, I won’t have the flexibility to make travel plans.”  “So, where do you actually want to be for your birthday?” she asked.  PARIS, I thought.  “Paris?” she asked.  Yeah.  So we called our girlfriend Kristen Domingue (above, right) and one month later, here we are.

I’ve wanted to travel since I was a little girl.  I dreamed of aqua blue water, played teatime with imaginary Geishas and drew pictures of the Eiffel Tower.  But by the time I was 30, I’d barely traveled.

…In my early 20’s, I was working a 9-5 job and had 2 weeks of vacation per year and a 401K to pay into.  I spent to the very edge of my ability, packing my closets with heaps of cheap clothes and shoes.  By the time my time and money were spent, there was nothing left for adventure.

…A few years later, I left my cushy paycheck, got rid of 75% of my uncomfortable shoes, and moved to NYC in pursuit of a new career as a Health Coach.  Compared to my comfortable life in Vancouver, life on the east coast was tough.  I scrounged for subway fare and figured out how to make $10 stretch 4 days. My travel ambitions felt miles away.

…As my business grew, I was faced with an unending To Do list and a zillion expenses.  I kept saying “When _______, then I’ll travel.”

Travel was always something to do later, but it was the thing I most wanted to do.

I finally hit a breaking point.  I realized that in many ways, life was passing me by.  My vision boards were always painting pictures of the future, and I was always striving for The Next Big Thing.  The striving made life feel dismal and tough, and there was never enough time or money, no matter how much I had.  I knew I could no longer wait to travel, and that circumstances were never going to be perfect.

The key to creating the life you want is making the decision to live it. {tweet it}

In the past 5 years, I’ve spent nearly as much time traveling the world as I’ve spent at home, and I’m loving it.  This pace is not for everyone, but many of us would like at least a bit more travel our lives, and I know from my own experience and from clients’ that it’s often in closer reach than we think.  Use my Manifestation Equation™ (Intention + Appreciation + Aligned Action = Manifestation) as a roadmap for creating anything you want…

How to make your travel dreams come true:

1. Remember the future. (INTENTION)
When I teach my clients to hold intentions, I describe them as “future memories”.  See yourself at that sidewalk cafe in Paris, tango dancing in Buenos Aires, or ziplining in Costa Rica.  Experience your vision as being multi-sensory – see, hear, smell, taste and feel the experience.  Now, make the decision to live into that memory of the future.

2. Get grateful. (APPRECIATION)
Hating what we have doesn’t support us in having what we want.  It seems counterintuitive, but start by being grateful for everything you do have right now, in beautiful detail.  Thank the parts that are working, and trust that life is guiding you in the places where things feel tough.  Thank the people and circumstances in your life that you haven’t shown gratitude to in a while.

This is where things get grounded.  Put the trip on your calendar right awaycrunch the numbers, start making plans.  Don’t delay or you’ll find yourself saying someday for far too long.  Get creative about finding the ways to make it happen.

—> In the comments below, share where you’re headed and when, and feel free to ask any questions you have about how to make your dreams a reality.  I’d love to celebrate and support your decision to take your soul’s journey.