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Nobody puts baby in a corner

Hello, again gals!  I suppose it's time for me to produce a timeline of how this mofo all went down.  Well, it was a fast and furious plan.  Certainly not the first of it's kind in my life!  Although it may be the craziest one yet.  I left the country in just ten days time (I will explain more on that later).  Please let me start this post by saying that I am by no means telling you to try this at home ladies.  I am merely giving you the idea that anything you can dream up in your heart IS POSSIBLE as long as you are willing to assess and (keyword) accept what might be given up to get it.  

The most important lesson of this post is that you never have your back up against the wall just quite as bad as you think you do.  I had no idea how I would move to Spain and live in another country, but somehow still managed to it believed it was still an option for me (while being the owner of an empty bank account and without the slightest clue how to speak Spanish).  I shall quote the late great Patrick Swayze to help me vocalize the power of this energy "Nobody puts Baby in a corner" when she has new ideas to explore.  

I've been doing my own thing since "73" sister girls, but I have experienced moments of great doubt when I've opened myself up to hearing the fear-based advice that comes instinctually from my loved ones (meaning I got some big-time resistance concocting this travel plan).  Please do pay your loved ones the respect they deserve, but also know that they might just be struggling with the idea of getting to know the new you (since they have become very accustomed to the old one).  Just be patient with both them and yourself on your wonderfully unique path to authenticity and abundance. 

There is a lovely clarity that begins to take shape in your forties that I am embracing on every plane, train, and automobile on this happy journey called the present moment.  Don't let it slip you by girls.  Take 5 for a little dream session today and allow some new energy to go toward some of those old ideas that have been put in the corner of your life.  It's never too late to revisit the things that make your heart skip a beat.  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  

Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne

It's time to Abe Lincoln this bitch (of a situation)!

Let's talk about Abe Lincoln.  The man was too legit to quit!   Why am I combining MC Hammer lyrics with an Abe Lincoln story on a travel blog?  Well, because Honest Abe was a man that never gave up on his journey to greatness despite many setbacks.  Abe Lincoln became one of the most coveted American Presidents of all time at the age of 51, even after experiencing a laundry list of failures throughout his long career.  So, when a situation gets sticky chicas, remember this.  It's time to Abe Lincoln this bitch (of a situation) and forge ahead!  Am I right or am I right? 

Making a big change starts with two very simple questions.  How badly do you want this and assessing what you are willing to give up right now to make it happen?  

Are you familiar with the power of setting intentions and creating the life you long for using the law of attraction?  They are real things that you can access right now, no matter where you think you may be in your life, to make some incredibly empowering changes for yourself.  

One year ago today I arrived in Spain (more on this is coming).  Leading up to it I had no idea how I would pull off a travel journey of this magnitude.  All I knew is that I wanted no option other than this trip of self-discovery.  My heart so dead set on Spain.  I was already knee deep into the dream, and there was no turning back for me now.  I could feel it, taste it, touch it.  It was on like Donkey Kong ladies, and yes, I had an empty bank account.  

Taking a spin down the road less traveled meant saying goodbye to most of my beloved possessions.  Why did this sting so badly?  I had been on a hot streak of getting my art (indie redesigned vintage furniture) published the several exciting years prior.  Over those years, I started to believe that some big delusional paycheck was on its way into my bank account and somehow this allowed me to put off any aforementioned dreaming year after year.  In my mind, every published article of my work became one step closer to the "big payout" that must be coming my way.

Well, I am here to tell you that I am still waiting for it gals and holding my breath would have had me dead long ago.  Don't wait for the perfect moment to take action because the opportunity is likely not going to present itself this way.  The universe is waiting for you to create the momentum and tell it how badly you want this thing. (My inner optimist does want to chime in and tell you that I feel quite confident that the universe has been waiting for the perfect time to deliver something truly magical to me and it already has).  So here it is.  A quick snapshot of my previous life and how I just simply decided one day it was all going to change.

I had a pretty impressive creative portfolio, but my bank account was one fit for a pauper.  I am obviously not the first story of struggle in the pursuit of creative dreams, but I may be the first to say that I wouldn't change a second of it.  

The moral of the story is that after receiving serial jap slaps across my face from life; I learned that I was a very powerful creator of my own destiny (for the better and the worse).  All the struggles and triumphs have been part of my journey, my healing, the push that I needed and the energy that I was creating (and receiving) at that time.

There is certainly no crystal ball on how the future adventure stories will play out, but I can say this: "having regret about what could have been, felt a lot harder for me to write off than a few hard bumps along the path to authenticity." 

I simply woke up one day and decided to be happy again.  It was time for me to Abe Lincoln this bitch and get the job done.

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, the Bohemian Agent

You are never too old to be bold ladies!

Let's talk about bucket list stuff here for a moment.  We all have something on a list in a drawer somewhere or just locked away in our hearts waiting for just the right time to take action on it.  Some of us have a big thing!  Mine became going to Spain and revisiting my creativity in another country.

Picture this!  It was late last summer, and I had been talking with a friend about dreams and desires (a conversation I often have with people), and I blurted out "If I won the lottery, I would travel the world, create cool furniture using vintage and recycled local materials and blog."  I paused as I said it.  

Really? "Did I need to win the lottery to do something like this?"  I didn't think I was asking for too much here.  Was it possible that after years of floundering from a fearful place I had finally gotten to my core idea of happiness?  This God sent clarity got me thinking about the possibilities immediately.  It was honestly hard to think of much anything else.  The thought overtook me with curiosity and wonder.  

As soon as I began putting my energy into this idea, I saw a post from a film-maker friend of mine on Facebook that read "Travel Blogger needed.  Long-term possibilities."  What?  Does the universe work this quickly?  Without hesitation, I wrote him an email, and we met for coffee the following morning.  

I was fascinated with his project, but he too was at the very beginning of an idea and in no position to offer me a job like I hoped.  However, during my conversation with him, I found myself analyzing my life and realizing that I had stopped living it at some point.  Who was driving this rig?  My creative business had been on a long pause while I painfully down-sized through all the things I accumulated over the years.  After years of collecting and growing my creative spaces, I had reached the point of no return and had to start downsizing it all.  Somehow in the process of this torment, I also got suckered into finding a "job" to have responsible things like health insurance and pay my bills.  I was operating out of a place of fear instead of abundance, and it had taken me to disastrous places in my life.  

But now.  Something had changed.  This new idea!  It was like the heavens opened up and I finally saw the sun again!  

 

I felt a spark.  A glimmer of hope.  The excitement was buckling in my knee caps.  Could I consider revisiting my creativity in another country and blogging from the road?  My mind was spinning at a thousand miles a minute processing this fantastic idea.  It was like the narrator from "A Christmas Story" had just entered into my racing thoughts and wanted to begin telling my story and boy, did I know that this was about to be the best one yet!     

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.   I post every Monday and Wednesday.  Be sure to subscribe to the blog for all our updates.  

xo,
Jeanne, the Bohemian Agent

Hello, my name is Jeanne and I'm a recovering Maximalist!

Hello, my name is Jeanne Connolly, and I am a recovering Maximalist from Denver. Seriously, it's true!  I am a lover of creative things, a dream chaser, a lover of life, and a "mostly" impractical pursuer of ridiculously awesome adventures.  I have many inspired stories to tell, but this one is my recent favorite.   It's a story about making your own happy, even when it feels like the weight of the world is stacked up against you to do so.  My hope is that this short story will inspire you to put your dreaming hat on, too! ESPECIALLY if you are over 40 and think you are too old to be bold!  I am here to tell you that the road less traveled is much more interesting after 40, sister girls.  Downsizing it all and making a ballsy leap of faith in a more seasoned stage of your life is just about one of the best gifts you can give to your soul!  Can I get an amen?  

The very shortened "pre-travel" backstory goes like this.  Over the past few years, I had been moving further and further into what appeared to be a permanent state of "burnout" as a creative person and feeling less and less enthusiastic to sustain a creative living as a single woman with an unpredictable income.  Burning the candle at both ends seemed to be my daily mantra, and not surprisingly so, I started losing sight of the all those little things that truly got me excited on a daily basis.  One of those things was travel.   I had long ignored it in pursuit of my creative dreams of being an artist.  Of course, when I mention travel, I do feel the need to explain that I am speaking about life-changing cultural traveling to lands far, far away.  The type that gets your hidden wanderlust dreaming in overdrive and your weary spirit rebooted all over again!

I had done some fairly obnoxious collecting as an artist back home.  The obsessive kind amounting to the "motherload" of all vintage fabric collections.  I had been increasing the size of my art studios and storage spaces at the speed of light for almost a straight decade.  Financially supporting this growing need for space was quite honestly becoming debilitating as a free spirit.  I thought artists were supposed to be free and light-hearted!  I was closer to booking myself on the next season of Hoarders.   

I recently came across this hysterical proof of the madness I am talking about. It's a compilation of a couple of short clips from a video I was trying to make a few years back to promote my furniture. 

So what the hell happened here?  When did all the things I was happily hoarding become more of a burden than a joy to have in my life?  

I was obviously in need of some time to rethink the kind of life I wanted to create for myself going forward.  I was seeing it going in the direction of a more MOBILE wanderlust kind of thing. I didn't know what that looked like yet, but I knew that it would start with a serious overhaul of my things and a dusting off of that second passport I got from my Irish grandpa from Belfast (a bucket list item was living in Europe one day).  Maybe that day was now, and it was time to check some new things off my bucket list?  I felt like I needed to start paying closer attention to the new dreams that were calling me to hit the open road.  I began dreaming of this idea so clearly that I could taste it, smell it, see it and feel it with the very essence of my soul.

 

So, it all began from that moment.  The thought created the action.  It was already a plan in motion (unannounced to me).  I only wish I could have known then; how easy my new dreams were about to unfold.  This fellow chicas is called manifesting.  The story here has the law of attraction smothered all over it like hot fudge on a giant sundae!  More on that to come, but how's this story going for you so far?    I'm going to have to leave you for now with this cliff hanger intro and hope that you'll sign up for the mailing list to follow along for the continuation of my soul inspiring, solo female traveling adventure.  

Hi, I am a Bohemian Agent, a Female Traveler full of wanderlust and adventure!  My name is Jeanne Connolly, and this is the beginning of my travel story.  I hope you join me for the ride.  Bohemian Agent is a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Sending love and adventure your way until the next post.  

P.S. I am writing this from Spain just in case you thought I was calling your bluff!  It's a good story, I promise!  Sign up for the mailing list and get notified when we post.  You can look forward to posts on "The Story" every Monday and Wednesday.  I hope you'll be looking forward to them as much as your favorite "netflix crack".  Sending love sisters! 

Much love,

Jeanne, the Bohemian Agent

Bucket list wish: Moving to Spain

This is an inspiring story about a 42-year-old Denver artist who decided to sell everything and tackle her bucket list wish of moving to Spain.  She decided there was no time like the present to travel the world and off she went in just 10 days time. Watch the video below to find out more and follow along at www.bohemianagent.com for solo female travel stories and inspired life after 40!

 

 

Artistic Living Series is Moving!

Hello, Friends!  We are excited to announce that Bohemian Agent's "Artistic Living Series" will moving to join forces with our long-standing sister brand Vintage Renewal!
 
Our design tours from Bohemian Agent will continue to post over at our  Denver-based sister brand Vintage Renewal.   Our continued goal is to bring you nothing but non-stop design inspiration and insight on different neighborhoods all around the globe!  
 
But, don't go just yet.  We have a new series that will be taking the place of our design tours lined up for Bohemian Agent.  

Bohemian Agent is becoming a travel blog dedicated to inspired story-telling, life after 40, international living and travel experiences as a solo female explorer.  
 
Our travels will begin in Spain and continue around the world with stops back home to America to check in with the promised land!
 
I hope you'll stay and join me for the ride!   
 
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