by Annie 

March 5, 2021

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Where were you when the world stopped?

None of us anticipated what the next twelve months would look like when we turned the calendar to March last year. Through the series of curveballs you’ve been throw, have you learned how to work with change? What have the last twelve months taught you?

As we arrived at March again, I started thinking about where I was this time last year. I had just arrived in New York City for a week of visiting friends and attending the Women’s Travel Fest. The last time I was on a plane was March 9th, 2020, just a few days before the world came to a screeching halt. 

On that plane ride home, I was so excited about what was I thought was next for my life and business! I had six weeks of travel already booked for April and May: a month in Spain before meeting a girlfriend in Istanbul, finishing the trip hosting a retreat and awesome travel experience in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. 

By the end of that week in March, all my travel plans and retreat were canceled. My clients were postponing their trips as well. We were all grounded. Everything I’d been working toward, helping women see the world in unique ways and have transformational travel experiences, was dead in the water.

Finding A New Path Forward

Travel had become my life! It was absolutely devastating to watch it disappear. Seeing the world around me is how I learn about life and myself. It’s where I feel most alive and present. I found myself struggling to figure out how to be a human in the world without the ability to explore it.

After a few weeks of drinking beer in the backyard and staring aimlessly into the fridge, I knew I had to pull myself together. It was clear this pandemic wasn’t going away anytime soon. I was forced to ask myself, “What was the point? How do still help women discover their awesomeness and see more possibilities for themselves without the medium of travel?” After a lot of soul searching, journaling, and list making, Into the Bold was born.

I’ve found a new way to do work I love, and, honestly, I never would have arrived here without the rollercoaster covid created. One year ago, this isn’t where I imagined I’d be today, but I’m happy that I’ve learned how to work with change rather than let it kill my dreams. It’s given me unexpected opportunities to grow and explore in new ways

Though there have been times I questioned whether or not travel was the best way to spend my time and money, I’m grateful I didn’t wait for “someday” to go for what I wanted. There’s always a reason to put our dreams on hold, but the last year has been an incredible reminder that those opportunities may not always be available. Carpe diem!

Change is inevitable. You can embrace it or you can fight it, but it’s going to happen either way. Try looking at it as one grand adventure, an opportunity to see new places and try new things.

Here are a few more reflections on the last year. Maybe they’ll spark something for you too!

Use Your Voice

Share your reflections on the last year in the comments!

What have you learned about yourself over the last year? How did it look different than what you’d originally planned?

About the author 

Annie

Change Maker. Bold Explorer. Big Dreamer.

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