What does it mean to live boldly?

It depends on what your interpretation of living boldly is. Is it something to interpret literally or more figuratively? Let me share my interpretation with you. Living boldly for me means that you dare to make decisions! Happy life decisions! It doesn’t matter how big or small they are. Choosing to do what makes you happy!

Kind of an open door, right? But how often do we see people around us that are too scared of making these decisions that will truly make them happy? 

It can be as simple as choosing to finally paint the walls in your house (because you didn’t like the color anymore), buying that thing you like (cheap or expensive), telling people how you feel (solving undiscussed annoyances), or even choosing a different career or life.

Let me share a few of my decisions to live boldly.

Say how you feel

Whenever something is bothering me, first I think about it for a few days. What is really bothering me? Is it what someone else said or did, or is it something I do not like about me? Is it worth discussing? Will it improve our relationship?

If the answer is still yes after asking myself these questions, I will discuss it from my own perspective. Not in an attacking manner. I explain what I feel and always try to be open to their point of view. Most of the time I succeed in improving my relationship with that person (friend, family, colleague, partner) even further and learn a lot about myself in the process.

Buying my first backpack

My cat didn't agree with my purchase.

This was back in 2012. After a backpacking trip in Vietnam with my mom, and lending a backpack, it was time to buy my own. I remember the feeling when buying it. A feeling of knowing I made the first step to the life I wanted and always dreamed about!

In the years after, Paul and I did a lot of travelling, but always from the comfort of home. Little did we know that 7 years later our lives would completely change!

Choosing a different life

Changing my way of life was not an easy decision. It took Paul and me almost 8 years to build up the nerve and actually do it (starting a travelling lifestyle). By that time a lot of people around us didn’t really believe we would do it or succeed in keeping it up. To be honest, we had our doubts as well. 

Throughout the years we kept making decisions that made us happy. Trying to think ahead. Being proactive to the future. And look at us now! Almost 3 years in and still doing what we love and what makes us happy! I will give you more information about the how and what to do at some point this year.

Do you (like to) live boldly? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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