I believe in living life with purpose and following passions whole-heartedly. For me, I have a passion for (surprise, surprise) traveling. I love the emotional state I’m in when in movement. I love the way any everyday moment is exciting and new. I love the lessons learned, both difficult and fun. I love the challenges that each new day brings and I love the self-reflection that comes with all of these things. It was this self-reflection that led me to my many mantras.
Mantra [original to Hinduism + Buddhism] a word or sound repeated to aid in concentration
Mantras, to me, can be just about anything you want them to be. It can be a single word, it can be a paragraph; you can have one or you can have one hundred. The important thing is to have something to come back to when you’re discouraged, uninspired or simply wondering what the hell am I doing?
If you’re looking for a mantra to keep you focused on travel here are a few tips for finding the perfect one(s) for you:
» Don’t stress about finding THE perfect mantra for you. Have as few or as many as you want, this is all about you.
» Look to favorite quotes, movies, sounds or books that inspire you and use lines from them!
» Don’t worry if your mantra(s) look like anyone else’s mantra(s). If yours seems less obvious, significantly short or whatever way you might compare yours to someone else’s, just let it go. This is, again, all about you.
My mantras are a series of my favorite quotes or snippets of quotes that I find myself scribbling over and over in journals, quoting to friends or replaying in my own head. I would say that I have 10 quotes that I would truly consider my mantras:
For the love of wanderlust – there’s a reason I chose this for my blog’s name. The biggest reason that I travel is simply because I have a passion for it. I do the things I do to save money, to work harder, to get through the bad days traveling and so much more simply because I have a true love for wanderlust
“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir – The mountains are my temple and I try to heed their call as often as possible.
“It’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever we want to be. There’s no time limit stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.” – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button movie – I mean, what a quote to give you strength + courage to wander + live.
“Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain – This is from a longer, beautiful quote but these are the three parts I repeat.
“Adventure is worthwhile.” – Amelia Earhardt – My reminder that while this passion can seem unorthodox or even a waste to others, it is worthwhile to me. It’s a part of me, and I’m not ashamed to disagree with others because it is worthwhile.
“Live, travel, adventure, bless, and don’t be sorry.” – Jack Kerouac – This was my coming home mantra from Asia and it is one I go back to over and over since then.
How to keep your mantra(s) close:
» Write them down – keep them fresh in your mind. I scribble mine down in all of my journals – almost immediately after I get a new one.
» Feel extreme? Get it tattooed on you – I know this may seem extreme, but I know it isn’t too crazy. How? Because I have a ship symbolizing the “Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain quote. I love carrying it with me wherever I go.
» Get / make a work of art with your mantra on it – being able to look right into it as a beautiful way to keep your mantra in plain site, but also to share it with others every time they enter your home-base.
» Wear it near your heart – having something tangible to hold on to when you’re frustrated about working that extra shift to save up for the next trip, nervous on a flight or just feeling blissful, there’s something about having a wanderlusty accessory!
My gorgeous, handmade ‘Adventure is Calling’ necklace from Becoming Jewelry.
I want to give one of you your own ‘Adventure is Calling’ necklace to keep near to your heart:
This beautiful, hammered necklace has two pendants – one says ‘Adventure’ and the other has a delicate compass. This necklace, provided by Becoming Jewelry, is available in silver or gold, and it’s up to you to choose! Simply enter to win below, and you can also enter on Instagram by following both For the Love of Wanderlust + Becoming Jewelry and tag a friend you think would like to own one of these beauties.
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This giveaway is open to all residents worldwide. One winner will receive one ‘Adventure is Calling’ necklace [your choice of silver or gold]. Multiple entries are encouraged. The winner must be willing to offer valid mailing address to receive your necklace. Any questions? Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Although I was given my own ‘Adventure is Calling’ necklace, the opinions expressed on this blog are my own.