Tips For When You Go On An Adventure 

10) Take pictures of anything and everything. 

9) Share those photos with the people you went on the adventure with. If you went by yourself, share them with people you’d like to go on an adventure with. 

8) Wear comfortable clothes. Especially if your adventure is a long way away. 

7) Get lost sometimes. It’s always fun to get lost in a new place. 

6) If you’re driving, make sure you have enough gas. See tip 7.

5) Always keep a list of places that you want to explore/travel to. 

4) Make the most out of your adventure. It’s sometimes that you can only explore it once, so take it all in. 

3) Some adventures are supposed to be explored by yourself, and some are meant to be explored with others.

2. Turn off your electronics, even just for a few minutes. 

1. Take it all in. Go on an adventure. 

A Watched Pot Never Boils, But What Happens When You Boil Over?

Happy Friday!

My name is Samantha, and I’ve lost my motivation. And I need your help.

Now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest, let me explain.

This hasn’t been a recent thing, it’s been gradually happening for months, even years. It all began when I started writing this blog almost three years ago.

When I started this blog, I did it so I could vent about stuff I was experiencing, to write about things that I was feeling. And I kept doing that for awhile, just writing about my experiences and my feelings. And then, I thought that if I kept writing, I could become on of those famous bloggers, the ones you hear about in the news. Obviously that didn’t pan out, but I kept trying and writing, trying to find my place (any place) in the world.

But then a few months ago, I realized that I wasn’t able to do that anymore. Sure, I was still having experiences, and dealing with feelings, but between two years ago and now, I’ve grown up. And I began to feel like what I was writing about wasn’t worth it, both for you to read, and for me to write about. But then I went on the biggest adventure of my life, and I thought things would suddenly click into place.

As some of you know, for the past four months, I was studying abroad in Florence, Italy. And make no mistake, it was one of the best experiences of my life, and I have so many feelings about the experiences I had. I got to travel to places I’d only dreamed about, Going abroad was something I had dreamed about for years; it was something that I was looking forward to since I entered college. And then it happened, and then, as of last Saturday, it was over. And my dream ended.

So now what?

There’s a phrase “a watched pot never boils”. In the case of being abroad, the pot symbolizes my time abroad, and how I tried to disconnect from “watching” it, and to simply experience it. But now, I’ve returned home, and the pot has boiled over so to speak.

Again, so now what?

Do I simply put another pot of water on the stove? Or do I scrape the burned pot clean? Or do I just give up cooking entirely?

These type of questions have been rattling around in my head for days, and even as I write this, I’m still lost on what to do.

But here’s what I do know.

I know I want to keep writing. I have no idea about what I want to keep writing about, so ideas/topics are appreciated.

I’d like for you all to keep reading. If you’ve skipped most of what I’ve written so far, that’s fine, but even if you read a word of what I’ve wrote, I’m happy.

I want to hear from you. And I want you to hear from me too. This is the most important thing. Without communication, there is no inspiration (and yes, I did just make that up). I am making a promise that with each comment, like, or emoji I receive, you’ll receive one back from me. And if I don’t hold up my end of the bargain, call me out on it. I dare you to.

And with those three things, I eagerly await your feedback. And maybe I’ll start off this new change with the purchase of a new pot, yet to be touched by water.

xxoo

10 Things To Remember While Traveling To A New Country

Recently I traveled from Florence to London for part of Spring Break, and here are some tips I picked up along the way.

  1. Bring comfortable shoes/pack for the weather you’re traveling to. Just because it’s warm wherever you are doesn’t mean it’s the same wherever you’re going. 
  2. Don’t forget your chargers/extra batteries/adapters. You really don’t want to be stuck in a countr y without a way to stay connected/take photos.
  3. Hit up the touristy spots, especially if it’s your first time there. Maybe even try a bus tour! Although it may feel a little silly, it’s a good way to see the city.
  4. Try the local food! Even if you don’t like it, it’s still a fun experience. Plus, you get bragging rights that you’ve tried something new.
  5. Bring a journal/something to write in. This is a necessity, so you remember the things that happen on your trip.
  6. Be open minded. Realize it’s okay to feel good/bad things throughout your trip! (This tip was given to me by my housemate Gaby…thanks Gab!)
  7. Get lost. This sounds a little weird, I know, but it can be a fun adventure to find your way around the city/country that you’re in! Just make sure to pack a map.
  8. Find fun things to do, like a local exhibit or a fair. It’s fun, and a good way to explore your surroundings.
  9. Get some rest! It’s no fun exploring when you’re exhausted, plus it’ll boost your energy while you’re traveling.
  10. Have fun. Traveling has its highs and lows, so take all of it in stride and enjoy your adventures.

Have a great weekend!

xxoo

Chapter 319: Waiting

Happy Friday!

I’ve been told I’m a “waiter”, meaning, I sit around and wait for things to happen. I let life pass me by, not chasing new opportunities. It feels like I’m sitting at a red light, constantly waiting for the light to change. But it never seems to change, it just remains red. Until now, because I’ve finally decided that enough is enough!

I’ve been planning to write a book/collection of short stories for a while now, and I’ve decided that there’s no better time to start than the present! So, off I go into the wild world of writing! Of course, I’d love if you came along on the adventure with me.

What do you think, would you like to be part of my travels?

Hope you have a fabulous, fun-filled weekend! xxoo

Quote Of The Day: “It is when we forget ourselves that we do things that are most likely to be remembered.” – Colton Haynes 

 

Chapters 119, 120 & 121: I Don’t Know What To Title This

Happy Thursday!

I’m on a adventure to find out who I am. Not literally of course, but it’s something I’ve been needing to find for a while, and I’ve been just missing the clues all along. It’s not an easy thing to find, your identity, it’s not something that’ll suddenly appear out of thin air. It’s a life-long search for it, an adventure to grow and reflect back upon over the years. One that characters come in and out of at different times, with only a few important ones in it for the long haul. 

You can’t really prepare for it, but even if you walk away for a little while, you’ll always find a way back to it, one way or another.

…But before my adventure can begin, I’ll have to find the correct path that leads to it.

Imagexxoo