It’s always a magical feeling when you meet someone who has actually lived your dreams. We ask questions like, “what was it like, how did you do it, and how can I do it too?”

I met one such woman a few months ago. Her name was Angie and she had lived a life filled with travel, art, and doing what she loved most. It was a cool, clear morning when she shared with the audience the story of the past 15 years of her life. Her story started off as your typical self-discovery journey. She had the standard 9 – 5 job working in the business world when she finally decided she had had enough.

So, one day she packed her bags and chose to live in France for two years. There’s always a sort of fearful resistance one gets before making a life change of that magnitude. “What if I don’t speak the language? What if I’m lonely? How will I make money?” All these questions we ask ourselves, coupled with the questions of our friends and family, can make actually taking the jump quite difficult.

But, all these questions seem so small if we just take a step back and look at our lives. We only have the time we’ve been given and this one life to live. Longitude and latitude were made for exploring, not confining us to our own little corner of the world.

So with that, she took off and started teaching English in France. She spent those two years learning yoga, learning French and bettering herself and her quality of life. In Marseille, France she fell in love and decided what better way to spend her honeymoon than to live on a houseboat and navigate the world’s waterways.

This woman realized what the world offered her and she didn’t hesitate at all to take what she wanted. We can all learn how to create our own future; it starts with a little bit of faith and a lot of dreaming.