On LFB I blog about both conscious living and inspiration, but to me you really cannot have one without the other. It is what inspires us that fuels us and enriches our personal existence for the short time that we are on this earth. And I am a firm believer that a huge source of inspiration comes from being exposed to new surroundings, cultures, and customs.

Doing so not only activates our creativity in the very traditional sense of exposing us to the incredible physical beauty of the world around us – be it in nature or manmade creations – it also allows us to learn more about other people and other outlooks on life. This in turn, inspires us to think about things from new perspectives and teaches us to be more tolerant of things that may be different to us.

For this reason, travel is such a beautiful way to explore, learn, and stay inspired. It’s what pulls us through our work weeks when we know we are only a month away from a new adventure. But this mentality can also be dangerous, as it often causes us to view our “everyday lives” as mundane and uneventful.

It saddens me that we tend to view life as divided into these two separate categories – work and play. Because this can often lead us to become uninspired in our daily lives and view the work week and weeks leading up to a big holiday as simply a means to an end (that end being our vacation). We rush through, waiting to experience a new land and new things, all the while forgetting that every day is an exploration, even if we are in our own backyard. We do not need to be hiking through the rainforest, walking through the streets of Rome, or scuba diving off the coast of Australia to be inspired.

Yes, it is a hell of a lot easier get excited about life whilst you are staring adventure in the face than it is whilst staring at a computer screen with 50 billion email alerts popping up in the right-hand corner every 5 seconds. Yes, I too am addicted to travel and think it is an incredible thing (for all the reasons that I have mentioned above). Yes, I’m always checking out adventure-based hashtags on instagram.

But while sitting at my parent’s home in Virginia this week longing for my next adventure as I scrolled through instagram photos of mountains and beaches, I realized that constantly dreaming about our next “adventure” can cause us to forget how to live in the moment and cause us to forget to actually live our every-day lives as if we were happy to live them, when the reality is that every day is an adventure and no matter where you are, you can always find inspiration in something.

Of course it is easier to find inspiration when you are exploring the markets in Marrakesh – the environment makes it easy by presenting us with an experience we have never had before. But it also comes down to our own mentality. On holiday we are more open and receptive to allowing ourselves to be inspired as we have actively taken the time to allow ourselves to be receptive to it. But this also means that we can work to make sure we constantly stay inspired – even when we are stuck at the office doing overtime. Because at the end of the day, there is inspiration all around us – we just need to know how to look for it.

And you do not need a lot of money or a lot of time to do so either! On your way to work, take a different route even if it means waking up 15 minutes earlier in order to view something with new eyes. Explore a new relationship by learning more about your co-worker. (Who says exploring always needs to be about a place?) Marvel at the way sunlight bathes you in a warm glow even on a cold winter day. Relish the sound of crunching snow between your boots. Fall in love with the incredible colors, shapes, and textures that nature has given us by simply walking through the produce isle on your next trip to the grocery store. Attempt to view your own hometown or city with the eyes in which you would were you to be a tourist visiting for the first time – I can guarantee you will find a new and unique beauty in your own backyard that you never really new was there or had forgotten was magical because you had become jaded to your surroundings.

And if you do have a bit more time to spare, change it up on your next free weekend by saying no to netflix and instead hopping in the car and visiting the next town over or exploring that park 15 minutes from your house that you always meant to go to but never actually ended up visiting. If you are in a city, hop on the train, put your headphones in, and just watch the world pass you by while listening to your very own soundtrack. Loose yourself in a bookstore or go to an art gallery. Alternatively, you could escape the city all together for the day and get lost in nature.

Life is short, and part of life is dealing with the mundane. But if you make a promise to yourself to always stay curious and always search for the beauty (not only physical) in this world, you will find that whether you are off exploring a new land or driving in your car on the way to work, life will never be boring. Exploration doesn’t have to be the physical act of packing a suitcase and hoping on a plane or backpacking across Asia. Exploration is a mindset. Adventure is relative. Make a promise to yourself and never stop exploring.

Photos of the El Yunque National Rainforest: Rae Tashman

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Stay conscious, Rae


Rae Tilly

Rae the EIC of LFB and YEOJA Magazine. She is also a photographer and social media influencer.


  • Beautifully put!

    Something I will be reminding myself of. Also, stunning photographs!


    • rae

      Thanks, Gemma

  • The rain forest looks absolutely amazing !!!so tranquil

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • rae

      Thanks, Candice

  • Wonderful post as usual, Rae! I think travel is a great way to live, gaining more information of cultures and history surrounding you. Not just traveling outside your country, but your own. Visiting places you rarely visit, with different people gives a different perspective.

    …Though, that doesn’t stop me from wishing to be in Rome or Milan.

    xx Bash | H E Y   B A S H | bloglovin’

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Bash!

  • ” Exploration is a mindset. Adventure is relative.” – Perfection. I just wrote this down and stuck it on my quote wall, Rae. So, so smart – we can travel without going to faraway places we deem exotic.


    • rae

      So great that you liked this quote, Raashi! :)

  • Thank you so much for this! I’ve been trying hard recently to look at my life as an adventure all together whether I’m actually traveling or if I’m at school because that’s how life should be, a grand adventure!

    Kierra | Lavishingg

    • rae

      Could not agree with you more, Kierra!

  • Sarah Laird

    I totally agree with everything you’ve said here – I get very low when I haven’t got an adventure planned but its so pivotal to make the days count, not count the days :) x

    Viva Epernay | Lush Giveaway ❤

    • rae

      Could not agree with you more, Sarah! It’s so important to make all days count, not just the big adventures.

  • I really needed to read a post like this! I felt so low the last few weeks because I’ve been spending so much time at home and it felt like adventures are far away but this post inspired me and made me realise again that adventures don’t have to be that far away! Thank you for this post Rae :)

    Valerie from Valerie Randomness

    • rae

      So glad that this post came at the right time for you, Valerie. And totally, you can discover so much in your own backyard or even in your own home! If you really cannot get away and are stuck indoors, pick up an incredible book – it will allow you to transport to another place but in your own head in a way no one else has ever interpreted that particular book before and since it is an adventure that no one else is having, there is no envy involved like what can happen while scrolling through incredible photos on instagram!

      • So true! Thanks for the inspiration! I’ve signed up for the conscious living challenge, excited to receive emails about it! (:

  • Len Dela Peña Parent

    Great post babe! Thanks for sharing!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Much love, Len


    • rae

      Thanks, Len, you too

  • It’s so true, waiting for our next trip we forget to enjoy today and be in the moment! And how many of such trips do we actually make in a year and for how many days!!!! To truly enjoy life we need to be in the moment and loving it and be inspired by it!!

    • rae

      I think we all need to try to work on being more present, wherever we are! Could not agree more with you, Chichi.

  • Amazing photos! Looks like an incredible place! Thanks for sharing! x


    • rae

      Thanks so much, lady!

  • Loved reading this post; you’re so right that inspiration is everywhere and so easily overlooked, even right here at home. Social media nowadays has a way of making people feel really mundane; I find myself catching that bug almost everyday!

    xo, Alice || a l i c e / T Y P E N U

    • rae

      So glad that you enjoyed this read, Alice! And yes, as much as I love social media, it can cause us to dream more about the places we would like to go as opposed to the places we are.

  • Great read. The pictures are beautiful!!

    Hope you have a Fab week! Kisses,


    • rae

      Thank you, Thais, and hope you are having a lovely start to the week

  • What a lovely post and these photos are beautiful

    Lauren x | http://www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

    • rae

      So glad you liked these photos, Lauren

  • Angela Donava

    Lovely post!

    Have a nice evening!

    Angela Donava


    • rae

      thanks, Angela

  • Love this post, it’s a much needed reminder! Beautiful photos, too.

    • rae

      So glad you enjoyed this read, Kathryn!

  • very pretty post! traveling is the best!


    • rae

      Thanks Kelsey, and I could not agree more!

  • Ileana Druetta

    These images are gorgeous! So inspiring :)



    • rae

      Thanks, Lleana, so glad you enjoyed them!

  • So true! I havent had a holiday for two years now I think and I still get as inspired as I would at abroad – I could easily get inspired with a little visit to my local park! All we need to do is to appreciate our surroundings more.

    Katrina Sophia

    • rae

      It is awesome that you are able to live a life where you remain inspired each day! For me it is also much the same, which I think has a lot to do with being a creative person, as when I come across something beautiful, it brightens my day, even if it is as simple as a well-designed store, or the way the light hits the street at a certain hour.

  • Great post! Love the photography. I wish the town next to me looked that beautiful.

    Diana | http://www.dianavilic.com/

  • Such a beautiful post to read! I definitely agree about all days being an adventure for us…through your blog I’ve started to live my life like this, so thank you :) x

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  • This is quite possibly the most inspirational post I have ever read. I already try to do new things locally whenever possible but you inspired me to up the ante even further.


  • so much truth in your post. life is an adventure and we should enjoy the little things and everyday happenings. this weekend i hope to enjoy my beautiful city of chicago even though it will be cold. exploring the same places even during a different season makes it a new adventure

    thank you for sharing and your writing is so beautiful =o)


  • This post is so beautiful and important. I feel inspired and need to remember myself that I should try new things and do more to make myself happy.

    Thank you!!

    Whiskey Jars Blog xx

  • Kim

    This is sooo true! I’m a firm believer that wanderlust should work both locally and internationally. I think it’s so easy to lose sight of your surroundings by following the same routine and you see so much more when you set the intention to see the world around you.