#LostOnPurpose: What 33 Days in Europe Taught Me About Life

Here we are in the last few days of our thirty-three day adventure. Our impending departure makes me so sad that I feel as though I can't even enjoy the time we have left. It's as if someone popped our little bubble and is forcing us to face reality.

In the background the world's smallest violin begins to play...

Ok , ok- so I'm being a bit dramatic - but the truth is that these last few weeks have been amazing. While we may not have everything figured out, we've learned so much along the way... about ourselves, about each other, and about life. 

It's OK when things don't go according to plan.

Things are bound to go wrong. And that's OK. Because sometimes the best moments in life are the ones you don't plan for. As they say, life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain. So if and when things go south, keep everything in perspective and make the best of it. 

Live in the moment.

Put down the camera, turn off your phone, and pay attention. Be mindful of where you are and how it makes you feel. Focusing too much on trying to capture everything will distract you from being present and the actual 'picture perfect' moments will pass you by. 

Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire. 

When Chas and I started this adventure we knew it sounded a little crazy. There were definitely times when I questioned whether or not it was a good idea. We were sacrificing job security and risking financial stability. But just because you have a crazy idea doesn't mean it's crazy to follow it. We worked hard and made small sacrifices in order to make this happen for ourselves. And I for one am so glad that we did. This adventure has reignited my soul and my passion for life. I feel more motivated and more confident in pursuing my dreams... even if those dreams aren't fully formed just yet. In so many ways this experience has laid the foundation - a clean slate - for what we hope to build in the future. Even as we continue to figure out what comes next, I know that we've already come so far. And it all started with a leap of faith. 

To those of you who have been following along, thank you for your love, your kind words, and your unwavering support. I hope that our story has given you something in return. 

Have you ever taken a leap of faith? Took off somewhere without a plan? We'd love to hear it! Share your story with us and others in the comments below!