Here are some quotes to help get you or one of your vinas out of a funk, or to help you add to your inspirational quotes collection. I know you’re obsessed and always looking for new motivation!
Those who doubt themselves will doubt you. Those who limit themselves will try to limit you. Do not fight them. Smile, go your own way, and trust that your example is enough.
Don’t be afraid to feel as angry or as loving as you can, because when you feel nothing, it’s just death.
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.
If you inherently long for something, become it first. If you want gardens, become the gardener. If you want love, embody love. If you want mental stimulation, change the conversation. If you want peace, exude calmness. If you want to fill your world with artists, begin to paint. If you want to be valued, respect your own time. If you want to live ecstatically, find the ecstasy within yourself. This is how to draw it in, day by day, inch by inch.
Self-definition and self-determination is about the many varied decisions that we make to compose and journey toward ourselves… It’s OK if your personal definition is in a constant state of flux as you navigate the world.
The greatest healers are not those who fix us, but who show us the power we have to fix ourselves. The greatest teachers are not those who give us wisdom, but share the pathway to wisdom we all can choose to take. The greatest lovers are not those who love us for all we are worth, but rather shows us the power of the love within us that makes us priceless.
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Often, women hear many fear-based responses when they share their dreams to travel alone. “But it’s dangerous! What if you get kidnapped? Or mugged?” someone will say. Or the famous: “Always use the buddy system.”
Although these are completely valid safety points to consider, this world is full of vast opportunity. With the right location research, practical preparation, and a good amount of self-trust, there stands a once-in-a-lifetime list of amazing reasons you should say YES to traveling alone.
YOU SEE THE WORLD THROUGH AN HONEST PERSPECTIVE
When you travel somewhere without a friend or family member by your side 24/7, you have a special chance to see the world exactly how you experience it. Especially when traveling to unfamiliar cities, countries, or continents, the newness of a distant location and culture can come alive to you in ways that are totally unique.
Solo travel frees you of another person’s filters and expectations. You’re free to do what you want when you want. You can say no to anything that makes you uneasy without the social pressure to “be adventurous.” You’ll be challenged to observe other lifestyles without judgment.
A CHANGE OF SCENERY CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE
Call it Culture Shock: You most definitely might have moments of solo travel when you ask yourself, “Um, am I even on the same planet anymore?”
Depending on where you go, be prepared to let go of all preconceived opinions you held about the right or wrong ways to live life. Your culture’s ideals about food, sanitation, table manners, treatment of animals, transportation, money, spiritual practices, and social etiquette could all fly out the window.
It’s okay, though! The drastic change in scenery isn’t meant to scare you or make you feel bad. It can actually be a life-changing opportunity to learn new ways of daily thought, relationship, and action. Many times, you’ll realize how much you truly have to be grateful for.
IT’S EMPOWERING AS FUUU-N
Traveling solo might seem scary at first, and some parts are intimidating for sure! In the end, however, it’s super empowering. AND FUN.
You could be humbled, entertained, creeped out, amazed, exhausted, delighted, or even confused– all in the same day. But you have to remember: Damn, you’re doing this! You’re taking yourself on an incredible adventure and opening yourself up to the journey, whatever might come. Every day is a new thrill.
THE WORLD IS BEAUTIFUL
This point is obvious, but oh, it hits home. The world is freakin’ big and beautiful. There are infinite sceneries to behold. Both natural and man-made wonders to marvel at. Stories of history, both high and low, to introduce to your presence.
Is everything going to be photo-worthy and aesthetically pleasant? NO. But the best part is the noticeable beauty that moves you is the most meaningful kind of beautiful.
YOU LEARN WHAT YOU NEED TO LEARN
Can’t find a trolly or Tuk-tuk? Don’t know how to ask what’s on your plate without sounding offensive? Haven’t tried to barter at a street market yet? You’re gonna have to learn!
One of the coolest parts about the solo travel experience is that you’ll be thrown into new situations where you’ll need to practice common sense, intuition, active learning, and people skills–usually all at the same time. And you will learn A LOT.
IT HELPS YOU STAY OPEN-MINDED
There’s quite possibly nothing as eye-opening as travel. Even if the trip is to a new state several hours away, the act of moving out of your personal bubble and into new territory can open your mind to something new.
On the flip side, if we tend to remain in the same place where we feel comfortable and familiar for too long, over time our perspectives can grow rather small. Movement and travel make us feel alive, am I right? If you need a shift in mindset about the world, traveling will definitely open your mind for you!
YOU GET TO MEET FASCINATING PEOPLE
Traveling’s not all about eating new foods, seeing sights and museums, and taking Insta-worthy photos the whole time. Travel lets you meet some interesting people and potentially even friends!
Because you’re going by yourself, it’s probably a good idea to at least dip your toes into the social scene, nightlife, or some kind of entertainment event (all while checking in with your safety radar and gut feelings, of course).
YOU MAKE UNFORGETTABLE MEMORIES
At the end of your trip, you’ll be surprised at how many stories you go home with. I like to bring a journal or take notes on my phone of the most influential experiences I’ve had each day (photos optional but highly recommended!)
Whether your adventures last a few days or over a month, the memories you make will last a lifetime.
What places call to you, future solo traveler? Do you have any fun travel experiences already? Join Hey! VINA and start connecting with other vinas in the Jetsetters community! And don’t forget–if you become a VINA VIP, you get the ability to teleport to anywhere in the world, so if you have a solo trip planned, you can scope out the VINA scene beforehand and make some plans!✈️💖
Do you ever feel antsy after scrolling your Instagram feed and come to the realization you kind of feel disconnected from real life? Like, it’s the middle of a gorgeous afternoon full of possibility, but you can’t seem to stop double-tapping internet memes.
Our modern obsession with tech devices can potentially change our circadian rhythm, sleep, and even learning. I don’t know about you, but going from work to school to home to fitness class to any and all of the other indoor responsibilities can make me go a little stir-crazy!
Want to talk about getting motivated to set down the device, get outside and move more? Here are some tips that can boost health, promote calm, and cater to your overall well-being.
GET OUT OF YOUR MIND AND INTO THE MOMENT OUTSIDE
One of the best perks of spending some R&R time outdoors is nature’s tendency to help get us out of our heads. We spend so much time throughout the week thinking, doing, rushing, and worrying. When we hang out with earth, it relaxes our racing, buzzy minds and puts us back into our physical bodies. Fresh air, natural light, the colors and vibes of living things, all point back to a bigger picture.
Especially if you’re anxiety-prone, try getting your butt outside more! You don’t have to move to the mountains or become a granola-eating weirdo (but if you want, that’s totally cool, too!) to enjoy the full benefits of this planet.
It can be as simple as taking a 45-minute walk around the greenest park in your city. Maybe visit a free botanical garden in your area if flowers and plants bring you joy. Head to the beach. Start a container garden. Read or nap under a tree instead of slouched on your couch all weekend. Plan a picnic with your vinas, your family, or your kids. The options are endless.
The main idea isn’t what you do outside, but simply getting out there more often in ways you enjoy to hopefully better your mental state.
A DOWN-TO-EARTH WAY TO REJUVENATE YOUR BODY
You know what it’s like to have spent hours laying on the beach, hiking up a mountain, or chillin’ barefoot at a grassy park with friends? Going home, maybe you noticed a feeling of happy exhaustion– similar to that incredible energy leftover after a long, good run. Even if you didn’t necessarily do anything physically tough outside, you feel rewarded with a sense of “AHH, yes” in your body.
That’s because there are legit health benefits of being outside. Being present among the earth’s surface recharges humans in a special way. Nature gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy!
You might’ve heard about “earthing” or “grounding”. This concept states that earth is surging with free electrons. When we come into contact with its surface, the human body rebalances whatever may be “off.” It can apparently supercharge us toward more vibrant health. We can’t always feel it, but many subtle differences add up over time.
Not only does connection with nature help our minds and bodies. It can also be surprisingly healing to us on a deeper, personal level.
GREEN, SERENE & NOURISHING TO THE SOUL
I know not everyone loves going outside. Some of us could care less about getting sweaty, dirty, or even trying to sit cross-legged as we wait to “feel one with nature.” I get it!
But we often forget: so many of our different ancestors around the world understood the value of taking time to appreciate nature. We may be advanced, but we don’t just exist to work, find love, pay taxes, and die. Observing the physical qualities of the planet can bring us a clearer perspective, emotional delight, and a reconnection with our unique, meaningful place here.
At the end of the day, we’re all trying our best. Everyone wants to be appreciated, provided for, and understood. One of the most empowering things we can realize is this: by being part of Earth, we have a chance to participate in a great personal journey toward healing and growth.
Enjoying, learning, and relating to the wonder, resilience, fun, beauty, strangeness, and even the mystery of Earth is a gift we all deserve to be a part of. So let’s hang out in this space more! It can benefit your health, quality time with others, and the wellness of your communities near and far.
How do you mind mother nature? Are you an outdoorsy vina, do you wish to enjoy it more, or are you happy observing nature from a tidier distance? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
Find your outdoorsy vinas on the Hey! VINA app and make some plans today!