The Finished Draft

Honestly this post has been in my drafts section for about a month now. I have been struggling with finding the passion to write it, but can’t seem to let it go. I’m determined to finish this dammit!

note to self

So through all my frustrations I decided to turn to one of my favorite bloggers for inspiration. Who recently did a piece on creativity, perfect timing. In her post she had a Ted Talk video that I couldn’t have come across at a better time.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk about the Elusive Creative Genius in us all was brilliant. One of the questions that stuck with me was “should we be afraid of the work we feel like we were put on this Earth to do?” I feel like if you have no emotions towards your work, then how will you bring passion into it? Part of the excitement about doing something creative is not knowing what’s coming next. And in this day and age I feel like there is a creative aspect to everything.

My mind has been overwhelmed with skeptical thoughts recently. It could be the seasons changing or possibly the fact that I quit my job to start my own venture, whaaaaat?! That’s a little side note. Whatever the reason is, I’m getting my mindset back on track! So many emotions go through my mind when someone asks me what I’m doing with my life. I mean I’m a 20-year-old adult in a world that says I should be going down this path of getting a fancy degree, settling my roots, buying materialistic things I can’t actually afford. And yet I can’t bring myself to do any of those things. While education is important, but at the right time in your life. But the idea of going to a four year university makes me cringe. It works for some people and that’s great. Just knowing myself, it’s not for me. I plan to gain experience in a particular field, before I go make a hefty investment.


Anyways, this post began with the thought of significance and how it plays a role into personal existence. How could my story help people? I mean I’m only one person out of 7 billion people and growing.


But then it started to come together. Anyone who is ‘successful’  right now is being recognized for what they practice for years in silence. There isn’t just ONE way to become successful, in fact copying someone else can only get you so far. Eventually you have to start coming up with your own ideas buddy.

All it takes is a simple shift in the mind about why something CAN work. I believe in myself therefore I know that any direction my venture goes I will be okay. I can look back saying yay or whoops instead of always wondering about the ‘what ifs’.

grand canyon


We tend to be skeptical about people’s creative paths and less skeptical about the literacy paths. Why? Elizabeth mentions it a little bit in her Ted Talk. I know for me that it’s I think being a creative genius is one of the highest forms of intelligence. If you think about it, you constantly have to come up with new ideas on how to stand out. That takes a lot of skill, hard work, and dedication. And I know that I can get caught up comparing myself to other people. Whether that is other blogging, photographers, or aspiring entrepreneurs. Recently though I’ve been reminding myself to be happy with where I am, but to keep striving to improve.

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Part of the reason for this blog is for it to be a way for my friends and family to stay up to date with me when I go on my backpacking trip. The other part is to use it as an outlet to help me keep sane. In a world that is constantly loud, it’s nice to slow down, listen to some Ben Howard, and just let your fingers do the talking.

We all enter this planet alone and we leave it alone. The difference is what happens in between. I may be one woman, but I will continue to wake up each and everyday aspiring to make a positive difference in the world.

My soul craves the sights of new places, helping the world, and expressing myself in a creative way. We have to feed our souls, otherwise we will die without passion. It’s time to silence the critic inside and just prove the sucker wrong!

falls creek falls

We have to start embracing our true self instead of only certain parts of it. We also have to realize that we are significant and can be the change we want to see in the world.

And just like that, a months work comes together full circle. Proud moment!

What does your inner voice say? Do you have a creative outlet? What work were you put on this Earth to do?





  1. bhavpreet · November 19, 2015

    you should have posted it earlier , this is amazing …

    Liked by 1 person

  2. dead2selfie · November 19, 2015

    That was a cool read. Best of luck to you on your path. I read a lot about your creative desires and desire to be free from limitations, but I also read that you intend to help people. Specifically, how do you plan to do that? What is your end goal? What is it going to take to get there?

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    • balancedfootprints · November 20, 2015

      Thank you for the solid comment/questions.

      I want to help people by inspiring them to get out there and chase their dreams. Even if no one else believes in them. Ultimately my dream is to become a travel blogger, help preserve wildlife, set up green living systems around the world, and write about it.

      It’s going to take a lot of hard work, dedication, and hustle to get there. Right now I am in the midst of starting a business and saving up for a year long backpacking trip that I plan to leave for in November of next year to start the process. 🙂

      I seriously appreciate this comment and am so grateful you took the time to check out my blog.

      Thank you dead2selfie! 🙂


  3. urbanexpatgirl · November 19, 2015

    Love the images you’ve included!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Miriam B · November 21, 2015

    Follow your heart and follow your dreams, where ever they lead – you only have one chance at life. A lovely post with beautiful images. Best wishes to you.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Ashik T M · December 9, 2015

    It’s worth reading jst gave some confidence in me for chasing my passion …your sense of capturing natural buety is amazing ..just explore it through the lenses my friend…keep going..cheers!!

    Liked by 1 person

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