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Pathways & Possibilities: Worth reading, worth exploring

Jlynn Frazier

One of my big thoughts for the week is on the idea of balance. I have included a link to my thoughts below and my realization and explanation for why I reject the idea of balance. I also revisited my writing from my solo trip to British Columbia. I shared one story on my blog this week and and linked to the longer story I published over the winter on Maptia.  Here is a snippet from one of the stories:

"It is funny how sometimes you see and hear the right things at the right time. For me this was a great time to be reminded of what love and longing looks like. As much as this solo trip was about an adventure it was also about reflecting on and regaining my belief that people can and do have strong passion, compassion, and love."

Here are a few of my favorite links from the week. that I hope you will enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.

Hiking along the a section of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, USA. 

Hiking along the a section of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, USA. 

James the adventure dog poses with the AT sign in Maine, USA.

James the adventure dog poses with the AT sign in Maine, USA.

Balancing the Unbalanced

Jlynn Frazier

I struggle with balance. I have heard and read so much talking about balance the need for balance in life and finding a "work life balance." After a lot of thought and some attempts at trying to figure out what balance looks like for me, I decided to throw it out the window. I am never going to live a balanced life and I am okay with the fact that it doesn't work for me. 

I am crazy about living this life and pursuing my passions. For me to pursue the things that matter most requires times of extreme unbalance. For instance, when I travel I tend to stay up late and get up early. I rarely get a full night of rested sleep and I come back exhausted and exhilarated. Thirsty for some rest, reflection, and the next great adventure. 

This unbalanced way of living works for me as it enables me to reach new physical and creative heights. So cheers to everyone out there living it up by balancing the unbalanced life. I am right there with you!

Cutler Coast, near Lubec, Maine, USA. 

Cutler Coast, near Lubec, Maine, USA. 

Ask Good Questions

Jlynn Frazier

I have always been someone to ask questions and never shy away from the big ones. Why? Because the risk of not asking these questions far outweighs the risk of asking them.
— Jlynn Frazier

The questions we ask matter. In a recent blog post on Inc. Rhett Power shares 5 Ways to Discover Your Own Meaning of Life with these questions:

  • What makes me feel happy and alive?
  • What am I good at?
  • If income didn't matter, what would I be doing?
  • How can I add greater value to the world?
  • What will be my legacy?

To many these may seem like big, scary questions because to answer these questions requires a lot of openness and willingness to silence the noise of expectation and 'ought to's.' It may seem like taking a risk to be honest with yourself about what matters and to reflect on whether or not you are on the right path or need to make changes. You are right. It is a risky endeavor. I have always been someone to ask questions and never shy away from the big ones. Why? Because the risk of not asking these questions far outweighs the risk of asking them. 

And these are not questions to only ask once. I take moments regularly to reflect on where I am, how I feel, and to assess if I spent enough time doing what matters most. I am not perfect, no one is. I constantly negotiate how I spend my time by making choices. It really is all about choice. I am always making tweaks and changes (big and small) to be sure I am getting enough of what I need. 

What is enough, what do I need? I think this is a larger question that falls in with one of the most important questions I am focused on right now: "What makes me feel happy and alive." I know what these things are, but I am focused on really trying to hone in and identify these moments when I feel most like me. In a larger sense I have termed this living my adventure life which is spot on. But it can perhaps seem a little grandiose or abstract in terms of what it means and what it looks like. I rely on writing and photography to continue to share my story and experiences with you to bring this big "live your adventure life" idea to life in tangible ways. 

I continue to ask the big questions and encourage you to explore by asking these five questions and identify what is working well, what isn't, and how you can make changes. We all have choices (we make a ton of them every day). 

Peeking through the vegetation at Silver Lake as the sun set. Near Gulf Hagas in Maine, USA. 

Peeking through the vegetation at Silver Lake as the sun set. Near Gulf Hagas in Maine, USA. 

I will leave you with this thought. If you had to pack a bag and go here and get away from your normal routine. What would you take with you (one small bag!)? Who would you take with you (if anyone)? And, what would you do while you were here? Daydream a little and write it down.