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Why I'm Finally Blogging: A Quest for Self-Discovery and the 'Eat, Pray, Love' Spirit

Women with traditional offering
Bali 2018

Have you ever felt the urge to share your thoughts, experiences, and dreams with the world? Well, here I am, Maggie, in my mid-40s, finally deciding to pen down my musings in this blog. Why now, you may ask? It all stems from a journey of self-discovery, a love for art, and a desire to explore the world around me.

Let's start with a word that resonates deeply with me: wandering. To me, wandering is more than just aimlessly moving from place to place. It's about embracing the unknown, seeking new experiences, and finding one's path in the vast tapestry of life.

As an artist at heart, I've always been drawn to the creative side of things. The idea of trying new things, both in life and in art, has been a constant theme. However, life's practicalities often took precedence over my desire to wander. In my 20s, as a single mother, I couldn't financially afford extensive travel. Instead, I explored my local areas with my young daughter as my co-pilot, creating memories within our own backyard.

Fast forward to my late 30s, after navigating a not-so-pleasant relationship, I decided to end it and take two years to find myself. Therapy became my compass, guiding me through the phases of self-love. During this time, I stumbled upon a Science of Mind Center, an enlightening experience that opened new doors of understanding.

In those transformative years, I went to Bali and returned to complete my art degree. The concept of manifestation and the allure of "Eat, Pray, Love" became guiding lights. My finances improved, and I decided to celebrate my 41st birthday in Bali, a trip that would change my perspective on solo travel and the world.

Fears crept in – fear of losing my money, losing my phone, being unable to communicate with my family, and the worry of traumatizing my daughter. But amidst these anxieties, I reminded myself that I was fulfilling a dream. Joining a tour initially helped me make friends with both tourists and locals, opening my eyes to the beauty of solo travel.

This newfound passion for solo travel became a driving force behind my decision to start this blog. Many women reached out, expressing admiration for my courage, and I wanted to share the transformative power of solo adventures. I often receive messages seeking travel advice, and I'm more than happy to recommend budget-friendly options and useful websites for unforgettable vacations.

Being a budget traveler, I've come to realize that experiences outweigh material possessions. Self-discovery allowed me to open my heart to love, leading me to Joe – a kindred spirit on Bumble. Our shared passions for adventure, spirituality, and a desire to live a big yet simplified life brought us together.

Fortunate is an understatement when it comes to my relationship with Joe. He not only understands but appreciates how vital my solo trips are to my well-being. When I express the desire for a solo adventure, he doesn't give me any pushback; instead, he encourages it wholeheartedly. His only wish is that he could join because, in his words, I am his favorite person, and he cherishes our shared experiences. Together, we navigate a balance between solo wanderlust and the joys of exploring life as a duo.

Life isn't always about grand adventures; sometimes, it's about appreciating the simple pleasures, like hiking in the forest or enjoying a cup of coffee at our spiritual center. Despite financial constraints at times, we make the most of what we have, embracing each moment.

In this blog, I hope to share not only the grand adventures but also the small, meaningful experiences. Expect tips, lessons learned, and maybe a few mishaps along the way. And if I happen to wander off-topic and away from travel and adventures – well, isn't that what wandering is all about?

Join me on this journey of self-discovery, love, and wanderlust. Let's explore life together, one blog post at a time.🌍✨

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