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My Quest to Live a Meaningful Life

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. ~ Maya Angelou

Sometimes in this rapid, almost dizzying pace of life, we all need to take a step back and simply breathe. Throughout our days, we are inundated with a never-ending list of commitments, obligations and distractions that at times can be utterly overwhelming. That is when it is time to take a step back and simply just be still for a moment. To listen to that inner voice within your heart asking you what matters most and why am I here.

Put simply, I am here to live a meaningful life. And how? Through my never-ending quest to….

Explore

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself” – . Danny Kaye

Condoriri trailhead Bolivia

Climbing up to top of Austria Peak

Kilimanjaro hike to Barranco Camp Machame Route

Our group heading down the trail on Kilimanjaro.

Annapurna Trek Nepal

Me and my Dad at the start of the Annapurna Trek. November 2010.

Be Curious

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths”.-  Walt Disney

Mkuru Maasai Training Camp

Jacobo and Camilla show me how the Maasai used dried cow dung to clean glass lanterns. Given how dry the landscape is and how scare water is for the Maasai, they have adapted their lifestyle to make it work.

Entos Eyesu Monastery Lake Tana, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

A woman and man work on traditional weaving.

Roatan, Honduras

Roatan, Honduras

To Connect

“My dream is that people will find a way back home, into their bodies, to connect with the earth, to connect with each other, to connect with the poor, to connect with the broken, to connect with the needy, to connect with people calling out all around us, to connect with the beauty, poetry, the wildness”. –  Eve Ensler

Great Wall of China

Hike to Karanga Camp Machame Route Kilimanjaro

Me with the porters trying to make a call home.

Annapurna trail, Nepal

To Give Back

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud”. –  Maya Angelou

Volunteering in Honduras

Volunteering in Honduras

Me and my friends at a school I volunteered at in Guatemala.

Me and my friends at a school I volunteered at in Guatemala.

Mosebo Village Ethiopia

Girls in rural Ethiopia

To Take Chances

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible”‘! –  Audrey Hepburn

San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Me and my board, “Snow White” learning to surf

Hang-gliding in Queenstown New Zealand

Hang-gliding in Queenstown New Zealand circa 2002

To Embrace Beauty 

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky”. – Rabindranath Tagore

Lake Harriet, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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To Love

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” –  Helen Keller

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And to simply enjoy the moments that take my breath away

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A bike ride with my son at sunset

A bike ride with my son at sunset

My husband and I watching the sunset on our 16th wedding anniversary

My husband and I watching the sunset on our 16th wedding anniversary

My daughter photographing the amazing world we live in

My daughter photographing the amazing world we live in

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Quest. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to look deep inside myself and remember my journey and quest to live a meaningful life is never ending. 

64 comments

    • Thanks Jane! Sometimes I just need to slow down and think about everything. Life is so busy it passes you by. We get stressed and tired and often dismayed about all the bad stuff. That is when it is time to remind ourselves to live a meaningful life.

  1. hmunro

    What a beautiful and inspiring post! From what I’ve seen and read on your blog, it certainly seems you’ve succeeded on all counts. 🙂

    • Thank you so much! Trying my best. Besides traveling and family, doing good is huge in my list. I really want to make a difference and even if it is small now I know it makes life more meaningful.

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  3. I wish I could give this post 10 stars, it was that beautiful! Loved, loved, loved this expression of the quest challenge i.e. very well done. You are living an amazingly awesome life; thanks for sharing this wonderful moments 🙂

    • You are so incredibly kind. I’m so grateful for your beautiful touching comment. Thank you! I try hard to live a meaningful life. It isn’t always easy but I try. 🙂

  4. This was an amazing post. I especially love the quotes by Ms. Angelou. The pictures look like they could be stills from “Batman Begins” or something. Your family looks so happy too.

    • Thanks so much Vinny. I try my best. I think it is so important to take a step back in life and clearly think about what kind of life you want to live. One where it passes you by or one in which you take chances and actively participate. Otherwise life really won’t have much meaning. 🙂

  5. What a beautiful post, I’m sure you have inspired a lot of people with this post alone! Really enjoy reading your blog – thanks! Do check out my blog if you have a minute!

    Fellow Eco traveller x

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