Exactly one year ago today we set off for our big trip around Australia. It was a road trip that changed the course of our lives.
Those who’ve read and followed our adventures will be aware of our journey and the lifestyle changes that came about because of our decision to travel. Since we’ve returned these choices have resulted in Changing Course in the Grampians.
Now, 12 months on, our road trip is temporarily over, however the printed stories continue. These are my latest two articles: A South West Odyssey (from Hopetoun and Esperance to Orleans) in the July issue of 4×4 Australia Magazine and a 12 page feature on the Top End Magic (of Kakadu and Litchfield) in this months Caravan World Magazine.
One of the joys of being a freelance writer is not just showcasing Australia’s wonders but knowing that our memories are immortalised in print, ones that might otherwise be forgotten. I’ve got a lousy memory!
The biggest buzz for me however was seeing one of my photos on the cover of the latest (Winter Edition) of On the Road Magazine. It’s a photo of our rig in the remote Gawler Ranges outback and I’m absolutely thrilled about it.
When a vision becomes a reality
I remember getting out of the car to take the photo. I remember the vivid red earth and the contrast of the old wagon alongside our modern caravan. My mind was already thinking what a great cover shot it would make. I could picture it clearly, those bright dusty outback colours. I put it out there, then I let it go. Three months later this is the result.
What I imagined in my mind became a physical reality, however when I saw it actually manifest I was so excited!
Of course our stories are not always out there for the world to see. The most satisfying stories are the ones we create for ourselves, when we’re the master of the plot, the director of the storyline and script and we’re the main actor in the middle of all the craziness. And the world is a bit crazy right now.
Though we can’t always control the outcome and all the unpredictable stuff that happens along the way, when we have an idea of how we want our life to play out, we have more chance of creating it.
Make the best story of your life
So be clear about what you want and make plans to achieve it. You don’t need to know all the how’s and why’s, just imagine the feeling of having it. With a bit of a roadmap in your mind, of the life you want to live, one that’s constantly evolving to match a higher state of being, we allow ourselves the freedom to create a reality of flow and ease.
Our thoughts are powerful so choose them wisely. Choose how you want your story to unfold and focus on those heightened feelings along the way. They’ll always guide you.
We’ve been in the Grampians for just under two months now, working hard and living in our van (except for those times when we go home). We’re enjoying a simpler lifestyle, one that suits us right now but one that still has its challenges. Most days are fabulous but not all go smoothly. However, when I realign my thoughts to trust and surrender, and remember to focus on the bigger picture, there’s an inner knowing that all is well. Everything is exactly as it should be right now.
Dr Seuss says it in his own profound quirky way. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who`ll decide where to go…“
So have faith in the journey and fill your book up with adventure, joy, love and happiness.
Wherever you are, I wish you love, light, fulfilment and a happy creative month ahead. Happy storytelling!