I discovered Holstee at a time in my life that I needed change, I needed some direction,  I wanted to have space and time for some self-discovery, but ultimately, I also wanted to travel. That’s why I wrote the piece for the Holstee blog. I love that the manifesto is written inaction words. That’s what I love the most. It provokes thought but keeps it in the present moment using actions: “This is your life. Do what you love and do it often.” Actions make things real and accessible. For me, the manifesto is a great reminder to stay present, and stay clear on what is most important in my life. It reminds me that my passions and interests should be part of my everyday experience. It reminds me that life is the experience you create by making a conscious choice to create it rather than letting things that happen in your life create you. For the past one and a half years, I’ve been living on a volcanic island called Jeju-do, which is off the Southern coast of the Korean peninsula. Before I came here, I was working at home in Canada (shout out!) but wanted a change. I didn’t know what my next career choice would be, but I was ready for something new and I also wanted to travel. I made the decision to move to South Korea to teach English and to travel. When I made this decision, I had been dating my girlfriend for only a few months, and we decided to go to South Korea together.  Because of both of these decisions, I faced some resistance from people close to me, who only wanted the best for me but didn’t understand why I was making these decisions. I also got a lot of support from friends, family, and even strangers who I met while working. Now that I’ve been here for 18 months, I can confidently tell you that living abroad has been the most educational and life-changing experience I’ve ever had. My adventure has taught me many things as I’ve dealt with the many challenges that you face while you are in a country other than your own. But I’m not writing this to tell you about my own learnings. There have been many, but that’s not the point. Just as the inspiring quote on the Holstee manifesto suggests, traveling will push you to your edge and allow you to grow in such a way that you feel clearer about your values and more confident with your interests and passions. It has a profound effect on you, if you let it.

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