Machu Picchu, Peru (December 2018)
“And then it happens.
One day, you wake up and you’re in this place where everything feels right.
Your heart is calm.
Your soul is lit.
Your thoughts are positive.
Your vision is clear.
You’re at peace, at peace with where you’ve been.
At peace with what you’ve been through –
And at peace with where you’re headed.”
Inca Bridge, Machu Picchu (December 2018)
“Travel has made me more aware of me.
I learn more about myself on the road than anywhere else.
It has given me the ‘I can make it’ attitude.”
Agua Calientes, Machu Picchu, Peru (December 2018)
“The beauty about travel is that someone’s ordinary becomes your extraordinary.”
Cusco, Peru (November 2018)
“Because when you stop and look around, you’ll find that life is actually pretty amazing.”
Nub Peak, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, British Columbia (September 2018)
“When you are a mountain person, you understand the brilliance and beauty of contradiction. The way land can be your greatest teacher. How something can be both grounding, yet elevating, intoxicating yet soothing, wild yet serene, intensely primal, yet patient, and cycling yet predictable within shifts and rhythms. Mountains keep us on edge and wrap us up in safety all at once. I don’t know of anything sweeter or more magic inducing than that.”
– Victoria Erickson
Black Diamond, Alberta (September 2018)
“By all means, go out into the world and explore. Kiss strangers, kiss friends. Fall in and out of love until your hands and heart are libraries of all the people they have touched. Before long we learn, right down to our bones, that some people are hostels and others are homes.”
– Beau Taplin
Skookum Music Festival, Vancouver, British Columbia (September 2018)
“I travel because I need to. …Because my wild, adventurous spirit can’t live according to the ‘norm’. I travel to regroup, to reinvent myself. To be the best me I can be. To find joy in the ordinary and peace in exploring. I travel to just be.”
Shambhala Music Festival, Salmo, British Columbia (August 2018)
“Who you are right now is the culimination of years of editing and becoming. And you’re not done yet. No, not even close. You have more and more to become.”
– Liz Milani
Mount Rohr, Lillooet, British Columbia (August 2018)
“There is nothing more powerful or radical or stunningly beautiful than a woman who chooses to rebuild her life day after day after day. No matter how many pieces there are to pick up or how many mistakes she must spin into gold.”
– Carol Leybe
Sicamous, British Columbia (July 2018)
“The earth has music for those who will listen.”
Jones Lake, Hope, British Columbia (May 2018)
“I am learning to love the sound of my feet walking away
from things that were not meant for me.”
“I just want to live in a world of mountains, coffee,
campfire, cabins, and golden trees, and run around with a camera
and a notebook, learning the inner workings of everything real.”
– Victoria Erickson
Albas Falls Provincial Park, Shuswap Area (October 2017)
“A storm was coming, but that is not what she felt. It was an adventure on the wind and it shivered down her spine.”
Near Dunn Peak, British Columbia (October 2017)
“At the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.”
Mount Paul, Kamloops, British Columbia (September 2017)
“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains, or swim in oceans – because we can. We have some impulse in us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we dare to paint, why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.”
– Maya Angelou
Willow Point, Victoria, British Columbia (September 2017)
“I like people who get excited about the change of seasons, the sound of an ocean, watching a sunset, the smell of rain and a starry night.”
– Brooke Hampton
Photo Credit: Katie Kershaw Photography
Lillooet, British Columbia (August 2017)
“I wish to live a life that causes my soul to dance inside my body.”
– Dele Olanubi
Yak Peak, British Columbia, Canada (August 2017)
“Keep nature close to your heart. …And break clear away once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
– John Muir
Harpers’ Trail Winery, Kamloops, British Columbia (August 2017)
“Truly the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”
– Lao Tzu
Tod Mountain, Sun Peaks Resort (August 2017)
“Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in your office or mowing your lawn. Climb that god damn mountain.”
– Jack Kerouac
Bass Coast Music & Arts Festival, Merritt, British Columbia (July 2017)
“Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness.”
– Robin S. Sharma
Cinnamon Ridge, Kamloops, British Columbia (May 2017)
“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”
– John Muir
Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia (April 2017)
“I’d say promise me a life of adventure and I will be yours…
but I will probably be off finding it for myself.”
Austin, Texas (January 2017)
“To me, a rich and satisfying life means one full of contrast. Give me sleep ins. And soft rains. Coffee shops and conversations. But also adrenaline and adventure. And drunken bellows to the stars. I am determined to embrace this life for all it has to offer.”
– Beau Taplin
Austin, Texas, USA (January 2017)
“Every day, every week, every month, and every year of my life, my hero is always ten years away. I am never going to be my hero. I’m not going to attain that. I know I’m not. And that’s just fine with me because that gives me something to keep on chasing.”
– Matthew McConaughey
Instead of uploading photos and telling you about what I’ve been up to, I thought this time I would show you. In three minutes and forty two seconds, you will glimpse into a month of my adventures in Breda, Tilburg, Utrecht, Eindhoven, Den Hague, Kinderdijk, Gouda, Brussels, Sliema, Gozo, Valletta, Mdina, Rabat… and maybe a few other destinations.
“I had a dream so big and loud.
I jumped so high I touched the clouds.
I stretched my hands out to the sky.
We danced with monsters through the night.
I’m never going to look back.
Whoa, I’m never going to give it up.
No, please don’t wake me now.
This is going to be the best day of my life.”
I was inspired to make a short film about my life here in the Netherlands. You can see a bit about what my every day looks like, from my friends, to transportation, to festivals, studying, arts and culture, and other activities. Most of the footage used is from the city where I live (Breda), Amsterdam, Den Hague, Utrecht, and Den Bosch. Genieten!
“When this adventure ends, your next one will begin.”
Street Art By Hero De Janeiro (Spuistraat, Amsterdam, 2016)
When thunder clouds start pouring down
Light a fire they can’t put out.
Carve your name into those shining stars.
He said, “Go venture far beyond these shores.
Don’t forsake this life of yours.
I’ll guide you home no matter where you are.”
One day my father – he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away.”
When I was just a kid I heard him say,
“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”
– The Nights By Avicii
Also, I recommend that you watch this video.