Saturday, July 21, 2012

Guest Post -- Kate Benzin


Morning Everyone,

 Hope your week went well. Today we have, Kate Benzin, the author of Transformative Travel opening up on some of her inner passions.

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Do you have a passion for travel?  Do you dream of living and working overseas?  Or maybe you have some other kind of dream that you’ve been hesitant to try.
“20 years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Do you often think that there just has to be more to life? Maybe you feel that something is missing, but you’re not sure what that might be.
It can be very scary to think about examining your own life and asking yourself whether it has really become what you had hoped it would. What if the answer is no?  What would or could you do at that point? If you acknowledge that your day-to-day life is not what you want, you can’t just go on with it as usual. That’s when you find yourself in a very scary position.

How long have you been in your boring job?
Maybe you thought you’d take that job temporarily just while you got your head together. And then weeks turned into months, months turned into years. If you’re not careful, before you know it, you’ll be ready to retire without having worked at a job that inspired you or without having accomplished what you wanted to do while you were still young.

I drifted along like that - from one boring job to another. I worked in several office situations. I tried different business enterprises. I went back to school to become a psychologist. And then finally, I saw an opportunity that seemed to me as if it was just meant to be. I read about a short-term job in Indonesia, and I grabbed it.
I’d always wanted to work overseas, but there were always things holding me back. I’d gotten myself into a lot of debt and couldn’t seem to climb out. I always seemed to be in the middle of an apartment lease, a relationship, or some other important event.


My biggest obstacle, though, was that I had a dog and a cat that I loved very much. How could I go overseas and leave them behind?  Actually, however, I probably just used them as an excuse for not being brave enough to venture out to find a more exciting life.

But even while I was hesitating, I kept my eyes and ears open, and I happened to see an ad for a short-term overseas position – the answer to my prayers since I wouldn’t have to leave my pets permanently. It seemed perfect, so I jumped at the chance. But then I found other obstacles.

While some friends congratulated me on being daring enough to grab the chance that I’d found, others tried to hold me back. They tried to talk me out of taking the position. One friend even took it very personally – as if I had consciously chosen to offend her by moving away. Luckily, I didn't let any of their nay-saying change my mind.

Are you living the life that fulfills you? If not, what is holding you back?
There are always challenges to face in creating an ideal life. But remember what Mark Twain said about eventually being more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.

There are opportunities around all the time. It’s just a matter of keeping your eyes open and being willing to seize the chances that come your way. Hopefully, if you find a new direction in life, whether temporary or permanent, your friends will be happy for you on your new path. If not, then maybe they weren’t the best friends to have.


It took me a long time to follow my dream of living overseas, and that temporary move gave me the chance to discover that living overseas gave me the adventurous living that I’d been seeking. And yes, I brought my pets over to my new adopted home.

As a writer, I now have the chance to share stories about fulfilling my dreams. In Transformative Travel, I describe fulfilling another one of my dreams – trekking in the Himalayas. What an adventure and what great memories!


 “Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.” -- H. Jackson Brown, Author

So what I’m saying is – grab opportunities that come your way. Don’t let them pass you by.

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What do you feel? Wanna check out Kate's latest book? Visit it here.

with warm regards
Abhishek Boinapalli

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