Thank you to Tiffany Hawk for including me in her article, “How to Make Dreams Happen. Right Now. Even if You’re Scared,” on the Huffington Post.
The article begins:
Feel the fear and do it anyway. More than 25 years after Susan Jeffers released a bestselling book by that title, the go-get ’em phrase remains a mantra for the world’s adventurous and successful. Hell, I never even read the book, but its title alone changed my life forever.
When my college friends went backpacking around Europe after graduation, I burned with envy. I was dying to see the places I’d spent four years learning about, but I didn’t have anything resembling a saving account, let alone a trust fund. Determined to finagle my way abroad, I had the bright idea that I’d become a flight attendant. I loved the idea of airplanes. I loved the idea of travel. The only problem? I was afraid to fly.
Quote from me:
Lisa Niver Rajna and her new husband, George Rajna, have turned a one-year sabbatical into a thriving travel-writing enterprise, a book, and a popular blog – Wesaidgotravel.com. It seems like a match made in heaven – the couple got married shortly after hitting the road together – but before they left for their trip, Lisa had her fair share of fears.
Before George, my boyfriend, and I left for a year sabbatical in Asia, I worried and I walked and I wondered what would happen. Under the moonlight in Fiji, I had said yes to his dream backpacking together for a year. Back in Los Angeles while preparing and planning, I had doubts. After years working at sea, I was not worried about what to do if I was ill, and I knew that if someone at home needed me, I was only a plane ride away. But I could not wrap my head around what if — we — did not work out. Finally, a friend said on one of our many walks, “Imagine he goes without you and you teach for another year. How will you feel when he returns from a year of adventure and you had another year in the classroom?” In that moment, I had clarity. I was going. No matter how it turned out, I wanted to try.
Learn more about our Travel Writing Contest judge, Tiffany Hawk: Click here.