From Cheap Hostels to 5 star Hotels: How It's All The Same

 That once time we backpacked Europe and thought it'd be cute to sleep on a beach to watch the sunrise. 

That once time we backpacked Europe and thought it'd be cute to sleep on a beach to watch the sunrise. 

 

I’ve slept on a beach Greece, in a wooden room at the side of a volcano in Indonesia, cheap hostels, trendy bed and breakfasts, exclusive five star hotels on gorgeous islands, overnight in rental cars, in houses hidden in rice fields, villas with infinity pools, with families that waste running water and in huts in the middle of the desert with no electricity. I’ve eaten 7 course meals fit for a queen, double checked my bank account in a panic before paying for dinner at a fancy restaurant overlooking Central Park, drank fresh goat milk tea with a caravan of Maasai men and had Balinese breakfast delivered to me in bed before a massage. The need for safe space, nourishment, comfort, community and love is consistent in every corner of the world, no matter how decadent or how frugal the experience.

 View from my favorite infinity pool in Bali (not pictured the feisty monkeys that tried to steal our belongings) 

View from my favorite infinity pool in Bali (not pictured the feisty monkeys that tried to steal our belongings) 

The more time I spend traveling internationally, the more I realize stuff is pretty much the same anywhere you go. You meet people, those people have families who eat, sleep, make a living and, for the most part, try their best to be human and enjoy life to the fullest. Traveling through different time zones, cultures and societies has shown me how connected we all truly are and ultimately it has given me the ability to see myself in the people I meet. 

 Yaminah and I in Istanbul greeting a crowd of curious kids who were fascinated by our skin and hair. 

Yaminah and I in Istanbul greeting a crowd of curious kids who were fascinated by our skin and hair. 

For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing the stories behind our travels on this blog and on our Instagram. I'll finally be releasing never before seen photos and video footage to give you an insider's view into the realities/fears/ triumphs and challenges of travel. In sharing these stories, I hope you glean a bit of what I've learned in all my travels. The ability to adapt, the necessity of community, how to embrace the wild ways God shows up, the magic of serendipity and (don't hate me for saying the clichè) trusting the process. I hope that after having followed this storytelling journey, your ability to empathize with the people around you is deepened. I hope your belief in magic is widened. I hope your commitment to your truth and honoring the truth of those you encounter is fortified. I hope your mind is open to new experiences you never thought possible for yourself. 

I’ve spoken to so many younger women who either cannot travel because they don't have a passport, or don't have the financial means to travel *yet* or want to hear more about the nuance of travel. I am writing these stories, sharing these photos, pushing myself to be the best version of me, for them. 

 A sneak peak of one of our postcards, launching on our  online shop  later this month!

A sneak peak of one of our postcards, launching on our online shop later this month!

Which, drumroll please, brings me to the first of two very exciting announcements: We are launching our first ever collection of postcards and prints featuring original photos I took during my travels. Wohoo! Knowing my artwork will be sent across the world with handwritten notes between people who care for one another is a literal dream come true. The more Purposerosa can be an agent of connection, the happier I am. 

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The second announcement involves you! These last few weeks, I've been reminded time and time again just how important it is to be radically focused on my dreams and goals. There is so much opportunity for distraction, especially in the summer when the weather is excellent and it seems everyone on the 'gram is living their best lives without a care in the world. Now, more than ever, I feel the pull to dig into the fine details and the daily commitment of growing my dreams for Purposerosa like never before. 

I am nervous/excited to announce the #FollowThroughChallenge, an opportunity for your to join me in cultivating 1 dream for 1 month. To enter, simply choose 1 thing a week that you will accomplish to get 4 steps closer to your dream by the end of August. Feel free to tag a friend on Instagram who you want to be your challenge buddy. Challenge starts Wednesday, August 1st. Every Sunday I'll be checking in to report on how my #FollowThrough week went and invite you to share how your's went. Let's do this!