As you can see, my husband and I travel a lot.  We’re currently in Cuba learning about the people, food and culture of this vibrant country. We’ve been soaking up every ounce of what it means to check this location off of our bucket list.

I know it can be easy to see these pictures on Instagram or hear about my travels and think lucky for her or must be nice.

Subtly separating you and me. What’s possible and what’s not.

Please don’t.

It wasn’t just luck or good fortune or magic that has given me the life I have now. I talk about it in my book, but I didn’t come from any sort of privilege that would change my current situation.

I’m not special or tricky or magical.

The real difference? A thousand small changes leading up to this point.

That’s the only difference between me and you. I’m further down the line of making changes to my everyday life. To experiencing what’s possible. My husband Adam and I have been tweaking how we do our everyday life for years so that it supports adventure.

Things like…

  • Budgeting and saving that takes the daily decision out of it. Because I don’t like feeling deprived, but I still want to be responsible.
  • Eating, sleeping and moving our bodies on a regular basis – giving us the energy and mental clarity to not only plan a trip like this, but fully participate in it when it happens. (And recover easily when we’re back.)
  • Organizing our house and hiring a house cleaner so that we don’t have to spend all of our time managing our physical space. More time and stress-free energy for adventuring.
  • Slowly acquiring the things we need to make travel effortless – ergonomic luggage, solid shoes, packing cubes and all the other stuff that REI offers.
  • Researching, interviewing and hiring a wonderful woman to take care of Watson so we feel comfortable leaving.

More indirectly we’ve worked on things like…

  • Making room in our schedule for the things we love.
  • Keeping our marriage healthy through regular check-ins and lots of ping-pong.
  • Regularly practicing putting our money where our dreams are, rather than into temporary happiness.
  • Spending time researching and learning about travel all throughout the year, even if we don’t have a trip planned.
  • Removing a few regular distractions so there’s room in my mind to make things like this trip happen.
  • Keeping our regular to-do list minimal so the thought of leaving our life doesn’t make us even more stressed. And reentry is simple. A certain amount of white space all around makes doing big things seem less big.

This list could go on forever, but it’s hard even now to think about all of the things we’ve done to be ready for this trip. Even 3 years ago we wouldn’t have been able to do it.

My point is that if you’re looking at what I’m doing and feeling like it’s not possible for you or you’ll never get there, just remember that I started where you are.

If you want to get to a place where travel is easy and happens often – start with one thing that makes your days better. It doesn’t have to be related to travel, because everything you do to improve your daily life affects everything you do in your daily life. 

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Start putting your time, energy and money where your dreams are. Along the way get rid of anything that holds you back, stresses you out or consumes your energy. Those are big statements, but I show you exactly how to do that here.

The key is to act. You’ve got to experience the results for yourself so you’ll be motivated to keep going.

Then you can look at the shiny pictures on Instagram or Facebook and think…

I’m on my way!

Hey, I'm Katie! I'm an author and daily life designer who teaches millennial women how to approach their daily lives in a way that is sustainable, effective and filled with ease. When I'm not hanging out with my dog Watson, traveling or chilling out with a rerun of Mad Men you can find me interacting with my Break Free From Busy Bootcamp students or sharing daily life strategies for the driven, but busy. Connect with me over on Facebook and Instagram.