Tiny Budget. Big Adventures.

April 4, 2014 in , by Sue Braiden

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. -- Lao Tzu.

Is it possible to have great adventures with very little money, experience or courage?

I want to do it selfishly and selflessly at the same time, because I think it’s possible to live an extraordinarily fulfilling life for yourself while lifting others up so they can do the same.

That’s what I’m setting out to find out …

Two and a half years ago I moved into a house of my own, newly single for the first time in decades.  Today, turning 51 years old, I’ve neither crumbled nor entirely flourished.  Never one to sit on the fence, it’s time to do lots of the latter!

My mother, Nancy Southern, was a woman of great adventure. That’s her boot up there in the picture, with me wearing it after she passed the pair on to me having stomped through the Grand Canyon and all over the face of the known earth with great passion herself.  She had the infinite ability to conjure up the most amazing journeys and magical moments with very few resources at hand.

11 years ago she was stolen away by breast cancer at only 62, a time when most of us are looking to soon hang up the professional hats we’ve worn and boldly gather the ripe fruits of those labours.  Soon I will be the age she was when she was first diagnosed, and I am determined to fill every single moment possible with the kind of grace, zest and purpose that she did.  Since we never really know how many more days we have the gift of ahead, I want to master the art of living each one as if it was my last, pulling from an extraordinary bucketlist full of the richest, most soulful do-somethings I crave.

I want to do it selfishly and selflessly at the same time, because I think it’s possible to live an extraordinarily fulfilling life for yourself while lifting others up so they can do the same.  I want to be both impassioned and at peace, because I think those two things can also co-exist.  I want to live purposefully.  I want to be courageous and experimental.  I want to have the privilege of great adventures and the pleasure of great woman to cultivate them with.

Zen.  Meaning.  Zest.

Here’s to a thousand adventures, and a thousand more ….

Tawanda, baby!

 

Sue

 

Nancy Southern & Susan Southern Braiden

My mother, Nancy Southern, the original “Adventure Diva”
who continues shaping my life,
as I reach my hand out while you shape your’s.

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