Mindfulness and Travel: Take that opportunity, I’m going to NZ!

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Have you ever seen a competition sitting in your email inbox or have been offered a last minute invite to a function and said no?

Why did you say no? Was it simply because you were too scared or couldn’t be bothered? Well, stop doing that.

Yes we all have our different levels of comfort and how far we are willing to push out of it is different for each person but, what if this opportunity opens up a door for you to achieve your goals? Would you say no then?

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Take in each moment

I’d hope you wouldn’t. I hope you’d take that opportunity with no fear of failure because at the end of the day failure according to the dictionary means “lack of success”. But how can we actually define success, success is different from person to person. What I deem as successful might not mean success to you.

Someone commented “you look so happy here” and it was because I said yes!

Before you say no to an opportunity, think of the worst outcome, which relates directly to failure and then ask yourself, is that really that horrible? Chances are it isn’t.

But just imagine if it pays off our leads to a new success, is that all worth it in the end? Of course, it is.

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Especially when it comes to travel! Most of my trips result from a very random, ‘do you want to go here?’ Yes, let’s research and book – I’m sure many do this!

Making amazing friends along the way

So for me, I began to realise this when Deakin University, where I was studying at the time, was offering study tours for many different degrees. Lucky for me, there was one in public relations. At that stage in my life I can very little confidence and wouldn’t have applied for it, but thankfully my mindset of “you will regret it” kicked in and I applied!

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Petronas Twin Towers, KL

I didn’t know it at the time but getting accepted was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

I didn’t have confidence, self-esteem or much motivation for that matter, not like I did years before or now. But that was the beginning, the beginning of my journey to finding myself and finding that drive that made me, well me. The big dreamer, self-motivated, goal lover I was.

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Chinatown market

So the time came, the time to pack my bags and head to the country I had never been before with people I had met once, okay this was definitely overstepping the comfort zone.

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Be on top of the world!

On this trip, I learnt how to have confidence in what I could achieve, to open myself up to new possibilities in MY life, to make MYSELF happy and to build connections that would soon motivate me to be the best version of myself. It was amazing and life changing.

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Say yes!

My trip to Fiji was another ‘take that opportunity’ moment. My great friend, Nicolle was a travel agent and won a trip to Fiji! She asked me to join her. All we had to pay for was an extra night and flights. What a great trip, you can read more about it here. But it’s those moments when you say yes to that opportunity that you find yourself completely happy, even if it doesn’t work out.

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Create your path

And now, I’m going to New Zealand! Even better with the company I worked for, all because I took an opportunity.

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See the opportunity in everything

The Cox Automotive Australia Women With Drive Challenge 2019 will take place in the picturesque south island of New Zealand (NZ) from 31st March – 6th April 2019 – stay tuned for that blog post. Ten lucky females from across the business are going on a trip that will challenge us both physically and mentally and I’m one for them!

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Sit back and take it all in

Activities will include mountain biking, trail hiking, helicopter rides, kayaking, jet boating and icy plunges into alpine lakes. We will also be confronted with mystery tasks to test the boundaries of both mind and body. It will be a chance to meet like-minded women and go on a once in a lifetime trip to NZ! Of course, I applied. I filled in the questions asking why I wanted to go, what I wanted to achieve and how I could benefit. I made the 2-minute video and now I’m heading to New Zealand because I was chosen.

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Push out of those comfort zones

I took the time to apply, I put myself out there and it has paid off! We are also raising money for charity, so if you would like to donate, please click here.

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The amazing places you see when you say yes!

Sometimes we simply can’t be bothered putting that application in because it requires work, but what if that application gives you an experience of a lifetime?! We need to take these opportunities. Just like my “yes” woman month, saying yes and putting ourselves out there can lead to amazing experiences you never dreamed of.

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See the opportunity in everything

There are so many times in my life where I have said yes to an opportunity that has turned out to be so much fun or I have learnt so much from it! From nights out to podcast interviews, you never know what is around the corner!

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“Opportunity favours the bold…If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” – Richard Branson!

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Take that first step!

When was a time you said yes to an amazing opportunity?



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11 thoughts on “Mindfulness and Travel: Take that opportunity, I’m going to NZ!

      1. My unforgettable trip was when I went to Peru. I camped out in the amazons for 4 days and 3 nights. It was flood season, so everyday we had to move our campsite since we kept getting flooded out! We hunted fish with machetes and we caught 8 of them! We swam in the Amazon and suddenly a tarantula dived in the water! Our tour guides began swimming frantically towards the canoe, so we followed. There was dolphins, sloths, and gators!It was an amazing time!😁😌

      2. Ohh you didn’t? I know what you mean. I don’t know if I would race back to Phnom Penh but we did the killing fields and the museum which was daunting and horrible but worth learning about!

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