Earlier this year I started a few new ventures and driving for Lyft was one of them. My favorite rides are the ones to and from the airport. I absolutely love chatting with people about where they are going or coming from, and more often than not I’ve either been there or know someone who has. I can recommend hostels, talk about CouchSurfing, explain WorkAway or just swap stories. A few weeks back I had a car full of girls that were talking about a trip they had just taken to Amsterdam.
“Where’d you stay?” I asked before continuing to say, “I went a few years back, and I stayed at a really popular hostel right near the train station, it was called –“
“The Flying Pig!” one of the girls finished my sentence perfectly.
We chit chatted a bit about why we loved that hostel, our favorite things about the city, and how we’d love to go back. I dropped them off at their destination and thought to myself, what a small world this is.
A few days later I took a young lady to the airport, she was flying home to India to visit her family. I asked what region her family lived in and when she answered, “Kochi” I told her how I had stayed with a couch surfer there before I continued on to South Goa. Then we talked about Goa’s beaches, relaxing by the ocean, eating delicious food and soaking up the great vibes. (Read about that here!)
I’m going to get brutally honest with you, reader. Lyfting is fun, I thoroughly enjoy it. But those conversations are a constant reminder of where my true passion lies. And I think …. oh goodness. I believe I may just be in a rut. And with the positive outlook I have on life, my lighthearted nature and naturally blithe disposition – if I can find myself here, I know that some of you may be finding yourselves in a rut as well. (And if not, great! This post will most definitely still be useful to you. Trust me and just keep reading!). In my New Year Resolutions and the State of Becoming post I spoke of several changes I was going through, and I’ve continued to foster my own personal growth since then. And before I share my latest one, let me tell you this:
Throughout my journey of bettering myself, I’ve felt a strong calling to help others through theirs. This is the exact reason I built this website. Countless times during my travels I’ve wanted to share my experience, and more so, I’ve wanted others to have their own! And by others I mean You! To have the realization that you can break out of the cubicle life, the daily grind, the struggle, the routine, the monotonous and actually experience this one life that we have to live. The joy of it, the adventure of it. I’ve had these overwhelming urges, whether it’s been during a bar crawl through Istanbul, a hang gliding flight in Interlaken, a motorbike trip on the Mae Hong Song Loop, celebrating Christmas in Edinburgh or New Years on the beaches of Koh Lanta, I’ve needed to share it. I breathed in that moment. Grasped it, held onto it, acknowledged it, and fiercely felt that I wanted others to be exposed to all of these things as well. I want very passionately for you to have your own astonishing and bigger-than-life experiences, moments, and memories.
When you think about the life you’d create for yourself if you could just snap your fingers and have it, what would it look like? Would you want a relationship? A career you’re passionate about? A nicer car? Financial stability? A close network of friends? Traveling and adventures?
As you’ve probably guessed, traveling is pretty high on my list. And when talking about it the main question I generally get is, “But how? How do you do it?” and for practical and applicable answers you can head on over to this post which explains how to save money for your trip, or to my Cheap Travel Tips page for a plethora of resources. Both of these are very helpful, but if you want to start looking at the big picture you’ve got to look at the Law of Attraction.
Have you heard of it? I’m sure you have! But just in case you haven’t, check out this short video. I’ll meet up with you after!
That was a pretty basic introduction… if you’re interested in getting deeper into understanding the Law of Attraction, and really want some fine-tuned examples of how to incorporate this practice into your life and begin creating the life you truly want to be living, check out the 22 minute video I’ll put at the end of this post.
I’m guessing I’ve got some doubters out there reading this, and that’s okay, I doubted too! But before I lose you entirely, give me just a few more minutes of your time. You want evidence. You want something solid. You want proof. Well, I’ve got it for you. This next story is what made me a believer.
For the last 10 years I’ve driven a 2003 Jeep Wrangler; yellow with a black soft top. Which was great when it was just me and my pup. But it’s loud on the highway, it’s not practical when it comes to kids, their toys, diaper bags, and car seats. And it sure as heck isn’t good on gas. I realized it was time to get rid of my ol’ YellowBird and get something a little more economically friendly and family oriented. I needed a car, something with four doors and good gas mileage. Past that, I was in the dark. I hadn’t the faintest clue of what make or model I wanted. So September of 2017 I came to terms with selling my beloved Jeep and posted it on Craigslist. But as the months passed by, my Jeep didn’t sell. I looked for available cars occasionally anyway, but never liked anything I saw.
Over the winter if you read my New Years Resolutions and the State of Becoming post, you’ll know that I was going through a lot of personal growth. Sometime around February/March 2017 I learned about the Law of Attraction. Not really knowing what I was doing but willing to give it a shot, I wrote down on a flash card, “I drive the perfect vehicle for me and I love giving people rides” and everyday I read that flash card out loud, at least ten times. I would say it as I drove my Jeep around town. I would feel the joy of driving my new four door car as if it had already happened. When it would rain I would imagine water NOT dripping down on my floorboards. When I pulled up to order food in a drive-thru I imagined just pressing the “window down” button instead of having to fight with the zipper on my plastic windows. And when I drove on the highway, I imagined the peaceful quiet that allowed me to talk on my phone (hands free!) using bluetooth. Eventually, I sat down with a piece of paper and wrote a list of everything I wanted my new car to have. I knew it was out there waiting for me and according to the Law of Attraction, I knew I was “creating” my reality so I figured there couldn’t be any harm in being specific.
I dug out that paper to show you, so please forgive the sloppy handwriting, I didn’t know at the time that I would be showing it to the world! I sold my Jeep on Memorial Day weekend, and then it was pedal to the metal Batman! About buying a car.
One month later I just happened to find the car that I now drive. I was on Craigslist perusing, pretty frustrated and at my wits end with how long this dang car shopping was taking me, when I came across a 2015 Subaru Legacy. I instantly picked up the phone and called the number listed. Even though one of my filters was “Personal Owner,” a dealership answered. I thought that was strange but I made an appointment anyway to test drive it the following morning. The next day I drove my beautiful new car home. My point is this: in all my excitement I had momentarily forgotten about my list. A couple weeks later I came across it, and wouldn’t you know it – my car had every single thing I had listed.
We now joke about how I don’t have rear AC, and all I can say is, “Well .. I didn’t ask for it!” And that flashcard? The, “I enjoy giving people rides” part? I wrote that down months before I even entertained the thought of working for Lyft. Coincidence? Maybe..
I felt compelled to share this with anyone who would read it. This is real. This works. This is exciting. This is empowering. Patience is key, as with so many things. Sure, I repeated a flashcard for months and then I created a list to “put it out in the universe.” And on top of that, I had to believe that it would work. I had to believe that “Like Attracts Like.” And sure, when I pulled up to my home in my new car, I was absolutely overjoyed. But weeks later, when I found my list and literally checked off every single thing. I was shocked. Thrilled. I literally couldn’t believe it. It was worth the wait. It was worth the effort, the faith, the repetition. And if the universe gave me exactly what I want in a car, what’s to say it won’t with the type of life I want, the house I want to live in, the career I want to have and yes, the trips and adventures I know I’ll go on. According to the Law of Attraction, it has to. It doesn’t have a choice.
This last piece of information makes so much sense, I urge you to watch it. I challenge you to finish it. And I implore you to implement it. Do it for 6 months, do it faithfully, and I guarantee you will see results. I’m not selling anything, and I don’t get paid if you do or don’t watch this video. I’m solely in this because I believe it’s worth sharing.
Please let me know in the comments below what your thoughts are! Have you tried this? Did you know about it? Are you willing to give it a go? And in six months (or sooner!) when you see results, please come share them with me!