pieces of advice

Traveling is something really special. There is something nostalgic about it. When traveling, you experience culture, indexfood and people. Traveling is about the adventure just as much as it is about finding yourself. With that, I want to introduce you to Amanda. She is one of my sorority sisters who has an awesome job; not only does she encounter new lives an save people she travels. Amanda is a traveling nurse and her life is filled with many new experiences. Below Amanda writes about a few things that resonate with her and I think these things will resonate with any 20-somethings. After reading this blog post, I hope you leave with this: travel much, travel often – make it happen no matter the cost.

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Pass It On

guest blog presented by: Amanda Bentz
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“The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.” – Oscar Wilde

I recently came across an article online titled “100 Pieces of Advice from 100-Year-Olds.” Intrigued, I found myself reading the collection of genuine, honest and somewhat humorous pieces of advice gathered from a collection of people who have lived a century. After reading advice on exercise, diets, marriage, pets, money, jobs and attitude, I paused on one that resonated with me.

 “Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”

Traveling has always been a desire of mine. I will always appreciate my roots and my small town upbringing, but I can’t help but wonder what else is out there? What am I missing if I pass up an opportunity to travel to a new location? This fueled my dream to become a travel nurse and relocate to a new hospital every three months. However, this form of travel doesn’t require extra money to be spent on my end. It’s the traveling that I want to do while I’m in a new location that costs money. As a 23-year-old with no dependents and a stable income, I feel like I am ‘young and able’ to travel. But shouldn’t I be focusing on paying off my student loans and saving money for my future?

Budgeting money is a stress that many people deal with. It’s a necessity to thrive in today’s economy. Everyone treats it differently, but I think it’s safe to say that it’s always a worry. We spend a lot of our money on tangible things that we use every day that benefit us such as groceries, clothing, gas, transportation, heat, cable, internet, etc. These are things most people consider a necessity. But traveling? That’s something that people can do without. What do you get out of traveling anyways? A week here, an extended weekend there – what’s the purpose?

“Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.” This is my favorite part of the advice. Experience is one thing that can never be taken away from you. By traveling to new locations, we experience new things. Food, people, culture, climate, lifestyles, history – the list goes on and on. I believe that experiencing these things opens your mind and allows you to grow and develop as a person. That is something money cannot buy. That’s why I think this man is advising us to ‘make it work’. How do you do that? Well, I challenge you to figure it out.

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt

dream chasing

reasons why people don’t pursue their passions

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After countless classes, trips to my academic counselors and internships I never really could figure out what I wanted to do. Classes and internships helped me to see what I enjoyed doing. They also helped me understand that I didn’t want to sit down and call reporters and pitch stories to them all day– that’s not for me. Deep down, I know that I want to pursue a career that I want and that I was extremely passionate about. But it’s hard to find that perfect fit. What I’ve learned is sometimes, you just need to take a leap of faith.

From an article I recently read, I decided to alter a list of ‘Top 5’ list of the reasons why people (myself included) do not pursue their passions.

Aren’t willing to standout and be “weird”

 It is so much easier to go down the road that everybody else is taking instead of staying true to yourself. It is an awfully daunting task to carve your own path! As an impressionable undergraduate, it was significantly easier to go down the path of everybody else instead of following my own heart. You need to adopt the mentality and understanding that “normal” is the absences of creativity. I will be the first person to tell you that I’m weird, and I love it.

People are satisfied with ‘interested’

Most people I know settle for interested. They will tell you I’m interested in law/politics/writing/music. I think it’s easier to see and to understand that you shouldn’t settle especially when you have the opportunity to see individuals who ‘knew what they were suppose to do’. When you see these people you can just tell how much happier they were because they truly loved and enjoyed what they were doing.

Excuses

Promise me this, never again start a sentence by saying…If only I had ____. Listen, if I can do it then so can you. I had to overcome these obstacles, and so will you. I knew someone who decided to break into sports/entertainment marketing. He had no money to his name, no relevant work experience in four years of college, few contacts in the industry, not a clue where to begin, a huge student loan payment, and a degree from a college that nobody had ever heard of. But you know what he did it. He really did it, and couldn’t be happier. There is no such thing as an excuses. Chase your dreams!

“I had a dream…”

Countless times I have heard older people start off their sentences like this. It is truly unfortunate. You can never let others hold you from your goals and dreams.

Fear

We fear so many things in life it is incredible. Maybe your fear is that you never will accomplish your goals or dreams, and that’s one huge reason that you are being stopped from doing so. It’s better to try and succeed in some fashion, rather than not going for it at all.

I truly hope that this resonates with you. I hope this gives you the motivation to get up tomorrow today and take chances and get out there! There are a lot of questions you will encounter along the way. You have to remember that you need to go on with your journey which will turn into an adventure. For me I have to discover what I truly love doing and I won’t stop until I discovered it. I know I’m not in this boat alone, I will see you a long the way, my friends.