Bonjour friends. How was your weekend? Did you adventure? I had to hunker down and work on Saturday, but Sunday we went for a fun adventure to meet up with another WorldTowning™ family. I will share their story in the next Inside A Traveler’s Walls (which is on hold until we launch the new site) in just a couple of weeks, almost there. Lets chat today about letting go and new beginnings.
Last week Will and I made the decision to “let go” of something that means a lot to me. Something we worked tremendously hard to obtain, something we sacrificed a lot for and something we were (well, I was) emotionally attached to. Folks, it was hard on me, really hard, but it was necessary in order for us to keep growing and step into the future … WorldTowning the business and our next WorldTowning location!
When I say it was hard for me, I mean I was a mess. I was resistant, I tried to find a way around it and an alternative, in the end the best decision was to let go. But time heals all wounds, this week I have a new attitude and I am on to the next step. Luckily, the Hot Latino is much more of a realist (which often drives me bonkers) than I am and he just laid it all out on the table for me. And you know what is on that table? WorldTowning, the brand, the movement, the key to an authentic travel future and our version of giving back to something we passionately agree with. We believe in this business model so much that we are giving up “things” that would have been unheard of just a couple of years ago. Travel does it, it makes you think, it makes you deal with what you don’t want to deal with, it makes you dream big and commit. And that my friends…is a good thing. A very good thing.
When we make a decision to do something we go all in, if you haven’t noticed yet, and WorldTowning is no exception. What is the exception (at least this time) is my husband. And some say people can’t change, bah! Funny, everyone thinks I am the WorldTowning vision, nope it is Will. He is WorldTowning in more ways than I could ever be. It was my idea, but his vision that brought this to fruition. This was a man who just 2.5 years ago was freaking out about not working in a corporate office and us starving to death. Well, we have not starved to death and now we are starting a business together. Who would have thunk it? “Not me,” said the wife. What a pleasant surprise, but being married to him does not come with a shortage of tough love. I have never started a business with a partner and boy do I love it. When I have bad days (and I do) he is there to kick my ass and get me back on track, in a good way. I don’t always like what he has to say (hence our hard decision last week), but I respect it. He puts thought into every move he/we make.
I have been thinking about the art of letting go a lot, even before last week. I guess I thought our big “letting go” was when we left the US almost three years ago, but what I have learned during this WorldTowning life is that we have had to let go of a lot during the journey.
We have let go of a mainstream version of normal and created our own “new” normal.
We have let go of an education paradigm that did not fit our goals for our children.
We have let go of how we are supposed to look and behave in our 40s.
We have let go of some friends.
We have let go of materialism.
We have let go of doubt.
And most of all we have let go of FEAR!!!
I read something the other day that really resonated with me. A writer said that she was not letting go, but unbecoming what she should have never become to begin with. It is about unbecoming experiences that shaped you in the wrong ways. Can you relate? Are you unbecoming any part of you? Your marriage? Your career? Your parenting? Damn this adulting stuff is hard work! Are you with me?
So as we enter into the final weeks before launching WorldTowning I want to hear your thoughts on letting go and new beginnings and UNBECOMING. I welcome the sharing of stories on this blog. Your words give me pause as we branch into another amazing chapter and change in our life.
And thank you readers for all your support, for sticking around while the blog is in transition and for embracing a life authentic to your dreams. You get one shot at this, unless of course you believe in reincarnation. And if so, I want to come back as a cat.
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