The Pursuit of Happiness: Nomadic Souls
The Pursuit of Happiness Truth: There Are Many Paths to Happiness
SO many of our therapy or online life coaching clients come to us with one core wish: to be happy. No matter what their current concerns, obstacles, or challenges are, the hope of happiness is always the shining star that pulls them forward into life coaching. But sometimes it can be hard to know what being happy actually means. Believe it or not, people can lose touch with the things that make them happy over time.
Good life coaching is really about reconnecting you to your core values and then helping you make them manifest in your life. This is because finding (and keeping) authentic happiness is largely tied to understanding your personality and your values; the meaning of a happy soul is one that is sure of its joys and passions.
An authentically happy life for someone who finds value in the quiet, day-to-day satisfaction of tending to home and hearth could make another person wither in boredom. Conversely, the happy life of a person who values novelty and adventure would scare a security-minded person to death. Happiness does not mean the same thing to everyone.
What Does Authentic Happiness Mean To YOU?
Learning about other people who have followed their heartfelt values into genuinely happy lives can inspire us to do the same. The stories of others can light a lamp on our own path, and our own possibilities. Even if your values may be different, knowing that other people have taken bold and ambitious action to create meaning and joy can light a spark of inspiration for you to do some deep reflecting on what makes you happy — and how you might take action to make big changes too.
On this edition of The Love, Happiness and Success podcast I’m talking to a couple of nomadic souls who have discovered that for them, happiness is very much a journey rather than a destination. Listen to my interview with full-time travelers Kimberly Travaglino (Founder of fulltimefamilies.com) and Clementine Bakstein about how they and their families found happiness, meaning, and connection by following their values down the never-ending road.
What do you think about their story? Is there something that you’ve been dreaming about doing too? What’s on your “bucket list?” Share with us in the comments!
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The Pursuit of Happiness: Nomadic Souls
- Pursuing the Nomadic Lifestyle
- It is important to get your partner to see and understand why you want to be a nomad.
- Get out of debt. Mortgages and other loans will hinder you from freedom.
- Laying a foundation is vital to this lifestyle. You can’t do it impulsively.
- Committing to this lifestyle while running away from relationships, financial debacles, and other problems would not work.
- Do not take your emotional baggage with you.
- By choosing this lifestyle, you would have the opportunity to reinvent.
- Living with Intention
- A camper is a tool to live an intentional lifestyle. It minimizes all of your priorities because you won’t be out there trying to get the next best thing anymore.
- Interpersonal relationships would be improved.
- You would have more time to grow and explore together as a family.
- Meaningful and Important Parts in living a Nomadic Lifestyle
- It’s not the places; it’s the people. Living this intentional lifestyle with your family would ripple into living an intentional lifestyle with everyone you would meet.
- You would feel deeper relationships with the people you meet.
- It’s not something you can explain to someone who lives in a house. You have to experience it.
- This lifestyle has a community that would make you feel really cared for.
- Pursuing the Nomadic Lifestyle with Children
- Children are not an obstacle to this lifestyle.
- Experiencing these things with your children is so much more enriching.
- In terms of educating your children, observation is better than direction. Observe what they react to positively and then reinforce that.
- Other Words of Wisdom and Life Lessons from Living a Nomadic Lifestyle
- If you have a question, there’s always an answer.
- Make a list of things that hold you back from doing it. Write it down and look at it.
- There are many people that live on the road that can help you.
- There’s always a way back. If it doesn’t work out, you can go back to a house.
- Life is what you make it. Ask yourselves what you want, how you want to raise your family, and what’s important to you.
Dr. Lisa Marie Bobby is the founder and clinical director of Growing Self. She is a licensed psychologist, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a board-certified coach, as well as the author of “Exaholics: Breaking Your Addiction to Your Ex Love,” and the host of The Love, Happiness & Success Podcast.