Living Life on a Scale of 1 to 10

My family has always classified things on a scale of 1 to 10, starting with my brother and his ratings for our outfits. I remember growing up and getting ready to go out, trying on different clothing combinations and relentlessly asking my younger brother to rate them. His straightforward, no hesitation, honest reactions were always a good gauge to see where I stood. So when I set off to travel the world it came as no surprise when my mom asked me, “Holly, how scared are you for this trip, on a scale of 1 to 10?”

My answer was perhaps the surprising part. When I thought about it, I really wasn’t scared at all. Fear barely registered on the 1 to 10 scale. I had already taken the scariest steps; quitting my job and wrapping up my comfortable life in Costa Rica had not been easy, but these were a necessary part of the process in order to pursue my dream of traveling the world.

As I set out on my travels around the world, I receive a constant stream of questions …What am I going to do? Where am I going? How will I get there? Where will I stay?  Do I have a boyfriend? Am I doing this alone? What do my parents think about this? Am I scared?…

There are so many people in the world who make decisions strictly out of fear of the unknown. They let their fears limit their potential. I don’t want that for myself. If you would ask me, “On a a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for this trip?” my answer would undoubtedly be 10. I am embracing the unknown as the opportunity that it is. I love that my canvas is blank and I am in charge of painting it in whatever form I would like.

 Each day I meet new people who bring new possibilities to my life. My path for the coming days, weeks and months changes daily, sometimes hourly. However a personal motivation that serves as a guiding force is that each day I learn something new about the world, explore a different place, and leave a positive impact on those I come into contact with along the way. I am excited to be traveling the world, and I hope you can come along and enjoy it with me, whether as a co-traveler or a follower from afar.

I wonder what my brother would rate this outfit?  :) This was taken while trying on an extravgantly expensive drindl dress in Vienna, Austria.

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