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Life at 30,000 Feet

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It’s the first day of April, which means that this year is a quarter of the way through. It’s been a while, and I’ve missed you all tremendously. In the month of March, I spent much more time in flight than I typically do, and it gave me plenty of time to think and reflect. On a red eye flight from Los Angeles to Austin, I decided to pen some of my thoughts so I figured I’d share.

  • Home is fluid, belong anywhere – There’s the common saying that home is where the heart is, which I agree with, but I’m also starting to have this belief that home can be anywhere, and can be multiple places. Maybe it’s my wanderlust which makes it hard for me to stay in one place, but I find myself feeling at home in places I don’t really know. One of the greatest gifts we have in this generation is the ability and relative ease of travel. I can’t wait to travel the world and find pieces of myself in the different homes I didn’t know I had.
  • What is for you, is for you – One of my friends (hey Aaron) always said this statement. What is for me, is for me. I won’t have to cry, beg, lose myself for it.
  • Opportunities grow exponentially, all you need is one open door – I’ve recently had some great opportunities come my way that were a result of one or two decisions I didn’t realize would have such an impact. There’s the saying that you just need to get your foot in the door, well knock on every door until one opens.
  • Start – that’s all I wrote down. Whatever it is, just start (even if you know you’ll probably fail).
  • Stop and smell the roses – I wrote this because I was walking with a new friend who literally stopped and smelled the roses. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that. I’ve been in such a demanding and work-focused season lately. If I’m not doing school work, I’m running a business, planning conferences, shooting and editing. I have to constantly make a mental decision to stop and smell the roses and my sanity is so much better for it. I think for the first time in the past few years, I’ve found somewhat of a balance in my life. I actually feel like I’m living, truly truly living, rather than going through the motions.
  • His timing is always perfect – don’t rush the process, don’t trust your own timing, learn to wait.
  • Life is about going after what you want and it’s never too late to start

Then, I fell asleep until I landed in Austin at 5am in the morning. That was my last trip of the month and I honestly would prefer to not see the inside of an airport for a while. Since I let life consume me for a month, this also constitutes my ‘life as I know it’ post. I mentioned above that I felt like I was truly living and I think my month is testament to that. I did put some things on the back burner (like school, oops), I learned when to say no, and most importantly I learned how to delegate. I have the tendency to feel like I need to do things myself, but delegation is the best thing since Toblerone chocolate, and I’m so much happier because of it. What else is new? I have faux locks in my hair, which I am completely obsessed with! Puerto Rico was amazing, the food never let me down, Miami was not my cup of tea, and San Francisco feels like home and is constantly a source of renewal and inspiration.

LAIKI-March

I hope you all had an amazing March, and here’s to a better April and a better second quarter of the year!