Hello m’dears! Today I get to share the wisdom, honesty, and inspiration from seven beautiful women around the world. As you might know, each month I interview some of my sponsors based on a specific theme and then share their raw, gorgeous answers right here with you. This month, as we round out 2013, we’re chatting about our dreams and achievements. These women have a whole mess of motivation to share, so be sure to check out their answers. If you dig what they have to say, drop by their blog and give ‘em some love!
This month’s lovely contributors are:
What are some goals, big or small, that you achieved in 2013?
Our biggest love of living overseas and traveling! This year we were able to travel more than any year before, visit four countries and already have plans for four more next year! We can’t wait for the adventures that await us in the new year! We were also able to have BOTH of our families visit us abroad. Seeing family makes living here so much easier! And lastly, I was able to grow my blog more than I thought possible in one year! I wrote down at the beginning of the year that by the end of the year I wanted to have 500 followers and offer paid sponsorship on the blog. Goal achieved! - Chelsea of Lost in Travels
In the beginning of the year, my main goal was to live abroad again and I fulfilled this dream by moving to Norway to study abroad. I had also wanted to learn Norwegian here and managed to quickly pick up the basics of the language which I am super proud about! One other dream of mine was to add more travel to my life and it has been so fulfilling to finally chase that dream again! – Melanie of Melanie Fontaine
What is a challenge you’ve experienced on the road to achieving your wildest dreams? How’d you overcome it?
Oh man, my wildest dream? Ask me what that was a year ago and it looks completely different than it does right now. That’s what happens in life though, isn’t it? Life can take a completely different turn than you ever expected and you can either fight it or go with the flow. I’ve stopped fighting it, but haven’t quite gotten to the “go with the flow” mind set yet. Right now my wildest dream is to stop living life by the “supposed to’s”. I’m “supposed” to do “this and that”, but what do I really want to do? Right now I’m working on getting the courage to let go up the “supposed to do’s” and do what I really want to do. - Codi of The Art of Balance
My biggest challenge has been getting over the fear of being judged for my dreams and actually going after them. The way I overcame this fear was by accepting that people were already judging me [it's what people do, I can't control that] so I might as well do what makes me happy. I took a leap of faith and came out of the closet as a writer, and the support I’ve received has been amazing. I realize now that the people who really matter won’t ever judge or shame you for going after your dreams. – Jamie of Ink + Adventure
Self doubt and fear of the unknown have been my biggest adversaries for as long as I can remember. I can’t honestly say that I’ve overcome them, but I’ve been staring them in the face and taking them down one notch at a time every day that we’ve been on this adventure. – Allison of The Bauble Dept.
What is one of your biggest dreams for 2014 or the next few years?
For 2014, I hope to do well in Grad school. In the next five years, I see myself graduated from Grad school and possibly married, maybe thinking about starting a family. - Britney of The Quiet Place
My passion is traveling and helping others in need so I would love to find a way to combine my two passions into a job at some point! - Chelsea of Lost in Travels
In 10 words or less: What advice or encouragement do you have for people chasing their dreams?
Love yourself in all your forms. - Kayleigh of The Way I Wanderlust
You are capable of far more than you even realize! – Allison of The Bauble Dept.
Thank you to this month’s awesome contributors!
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