I’m Home From Traveling SE Asia: Now What?

Taroko Gorge, Taiwan It’s been a long time coming.

Since I arrived back in the states in June, I’ve been meaning to bring out the ole keyboard and start writing again. However, I’ve been so caught up in transitioning back to “reality”, getting my foot back in the door within the marketing industry, and everything else that comes with moving back home that I kinda… forgot. Now that I’m back in my groove – I’m ready to start my therapy sessions again.

While living and traveling abroad I was able to do a bit of reflecting. I took every day as it came and really focused on doing the things that made me happy. Now that I’m home and my life has done a 180, I want to keep the momentum up and continue to balance everything.

So what’re some things that I want to focus on while settling back into my shell?

Making 2016 my Healthiest Year

I had a bit of a scare when I first moved down to Miami, FL (YES! I’M IN MIAMI B*****). It started one night at my boyfriends parents house and then escalated from there. Anxiety. But much more than that… I was having anxiety attacks everyday and multiple times a day for at least a week straight. It was the scariest thing I’ve ever encountered, but I guess I should’ve expected that since I moved down to Miami with no job, no place to stay, student loans to keep up with and a deadline to make everything work out. Obviously it did, but I truly felt like that week was going to be my last.

So my goal is to exercise more, eat better, NO COFFEE OR CAFFEINE, and yoga (the verb).

Erawan National Park Waterfalls, ThailandSurround Myself With Positive People

I noticed when I came home that America was a bit more hectic and stressful. I soon realized how much I just couldn’t handle that anymore. I know this might sound weird, but I truly feel like I’m sensitive to people’s emotions and energies. If you’re happy, then I’m happy. If you’re sad, then I totally feel for you.

I want this year to be my most successful year in many different aspects and I can’t do that if I hang with negative nancys. Positive Patties Only Please!!!

Excelling in my Career

This is something that I’ve been on and off about throughout my life. Before I moved to Chicago, I was all about being the event manager for the VS Fashion Show, the Executive Marketing Manager of a large corporation, and even thought about dipping into the fashion industry with Kelly Cutrone. Then I traveled to Nicaragua and Costa Rica and my whole outlook on the world and what mattered changed.

I started not to care so much about the money and glam, and more about what mattered most to the world and how I could have an impact on it. That’s when I started thinking more about nonprofit work and looked for a reason to leave the country and gain more international experience.

Now that I’m back, I’ve realized how important it is to become free from my student loans and the government because the sooner I do, the sooner I’ll be able to achieve the million other things I want to do with my life before I die.

So, focusing on my career and climbing this damn ladder has to happen.

Angkor Wat, CambodiaPush Myself Through the Uncomfortable

Lastly, I want to improve my overall mental game. Everyone can improve at something and I think that this is something that I want to improve on. Not giving up – pushing myself to the limit. In the business that I’m in now our motto is, “If you’re comfortable, then you’re not growing.” I believe this 100%.


What’re some things you are working on? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Kollin Lephart
Kollin is an avid traveler and entrepreneur. When she's not working as a Marketing Consultant, she's strategizing ways to make Every Girl, Everywhere even better. She's passionate about helping people, traveling and living the best life possible.

2 thoughts on “I’m Home From Traveling SE Asia: Now What?

  1. I love your outlook here! You’ve found the perfect balance between not giving up what you love but also planning for an amazing future that’s going to make you happy with the hard work you’re putting in now. Go girl!

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