Thursday, January 23, 2014

I've got the WANDERLUST!

WANDERLUST (n.) A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world.

Last year, a week before my birthday, when I was 25 about to turn 26, I had my “quarter of a life crisis”. I reached my 3rd year as a bank teller, and I was panicking about the plateau I hit that seemed impossible to move upward from. I had no idea where my career or life was going. Now this year, as I have just turned 27, I am more focused and well on my way to a successful career in the Beauty Industry working with ipsy.

Although I’ve remained dedicated to accomplishing my career goals this past year, I found that I don’t take enough time to reflect and appreciate what’s actually in front of me. Not in the simple sense that I Instagram every moment of my life, whether it's my meals or majestic views from my outdoor workouts, but in that I do not embrace life’s moments and opportunities to wander. I am definitely proud of everything I’ve accomplished, but I know that I want to see more and do more with my life.

At ipsy, we have a weekly lunch roulette where we are paired with other team members that we may not get the opportunity to interact with on a daily basis. I love how these lunches allow us to get to know each other in a more informal setting. In my last lunch roulette, as we were going around the table telling our “story”, I quickly realized how uneventful my life has been thus far. My co-workers have stories of picking up their lives to move to California or exciting tales of living in other countries, whereas, I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Besides a brief period of time, when I moved to Merced, CA for college, I haven’t done much traveling. I’ve always said that I wanted to see the world, to explore and go on adventures whenever possible. I’ve been on a few family vacations to Germany, France, and the Philippines, but I have since developed a wanderlust.

I want to experience something new and different. It’s time to leave California and go on a real adventure. I want to see the world: The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Colosseum in Rome, the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, and so much more. I want to rent a glass igloo in Finland and see the Northern Lights. The list goes on and on.

Said beautifully in French, “Le monde est un livre et ceux qui ne voyagent pas lire une seule page.” (The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.) So far I have only read the first page of my world and my life, but I eagerly look forward to my future adventures. Like the Disney Pixar movie UP, "Adventure's Out There!" It's just up to me to take the next step.

Do you have a thirst for travel and adventure? If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? 

Denise Joyce