What Would Inspire You?

by gigigriffis

So. It’s 2013. I’ve made some goals. I’ve made some plans. I’m getting ready to launch a new business website. And I’ve been thinking.

Thinking about where those goals will take me. Thinking about what I want for my business, my career. And thinking about what I want from this blog and the other publications I write for.

The word that keeps coming up over and over and over again?


I want to inspire.

Certainly I also want to make you laugh. That’s always been a goal of mine and was one of the key reasons I wrote my memoir.

I also definitely want to inform you, giving practical information about things like dog travel paperwork or the cost of living in Perugia, Italy or how I stay stylish while living out of a bag.

Those are important to me too, but I also really, really want to inspire. Whether it’s to take off around the world, to start a business, to see life from another angle, or just to believe that your dreams are possible.

And so today I’m taking a break from the regular programming of this blog to ask you my burning question:

What would inspire you?

What would make you feel like you can take on the world?

What makes you feel hopeful when you’re struggling with your dreams?

In other words: what can I do for you?

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Interested Reader February 7, 2013 - 6:35 am

I have a scary question. What if we don’t know what inspires us? I know not useful, but it is the only thing that came to mind when I read this.

gigigriffis February 7, 2013 - 6:48 am

Oooh, I think that is a useful question and a big one for a lot of people. What is it that inspires us? Or what is it that we want? I’ll have to put some thought into this.

Jena February 7, 2013 - 8:21 am

Not sure if this is what you are looking for but what inspires me in most blogs I follow is the “nuts and bolts”.

Of course I like to dream about places to go so all the “travel” stuff is cool….that’s why I read travel blogs LOL. But what actually inspires me is not the descriptions and pictures of all the beautiful places I could go…..what really gets me going is the author telling me HOW TO DO IT!!

Details…..I want lots and lots of details!! Like your posts about what to pack…..that was great! And even though you did 3 posts on the subject and it was very detailed……I’m wanting even more on that subject!

gigigriffis February 7, 2013 - 8:24 am

Awesome! This is exactly what I’m looking for. Thanks for weighing in, Jena!

Rebeca February 7, 2013 - 3:14 pm

For me the answers are simple my daughter helps to inspire me and keeps my dreams and goals alive because I am doing everything for her.

I would love to see if possible to tips or maybe some tricks on traveling with children or if all else fails some sights children might enjoy on your travels.


gigigriffis February 8, 2013 - 2:31 am

That’s really beautiful, Rebeca. I don’t have much experience traveling with kids, but I can probably point you in the direction of some great resources. May I ask how old your daughter is?

Beverly Genevish February 7, 2013 - 4:57 pm

I’d love to hear more about what led up to your decision to “take the plunge,” to live a life so unconventional. As well, now that you are living said unconventional life, what inspires you to pick the next place?

And I’m with Jena! I’m a nuts and blots, how-to, list kinda gal. I DO read the directions! So lay it on me, sister!

On an off note, those adorable little flats you talk about in your packing lists…are they super comfortable and good for lots of walking in little cobblestoned streets?

gigigriffis February 8, 2013 - 2:34 am

Thanks – all interesting suggestions.

As for the flats, so far they’ve been super comfy, but I haven’t really given them the cobblestone test because it has been super rainy (and I don’t think they’d be great for winter rain). I wore them when I was in San Diego, but really not much in Italy. Once things start to get sunny, they’ll be put to a more rigorous test.

Deb February 7, 2013 - 7:52 pm

I like the nuts and bolts too. I’m much older than you, but I’ve pondered since I’m ALMOST an empty nester, selling everything and taking off for parts unknown. I figure life’s short and it’s never too late. My hubby is somewhat fearful about foreign countries though…smile. It’s always inspirational to see someone else go for the dream and I’m rooting for your success. I read the sample chapter of your book and definitely need to buy it to share vicariously your single adventures. My sisters passed away years ago. I was very close to them and miss them terribly, but we are all part of a sisterhood and blogs are such a great way to stay connected. Inspiration is the real deal–it’s all about people and their struggles and triumphs, beauty, art, nature, history, books, and miracles. Inspiration is all around us in the lives of ordinary people and their stories (and most would tell you they have no stories). Everybody has a story. There is so much inspiration in the world if only we open our eyes to it. What’s inspiring about you is you put it all out there, confess to life’s conflicts, and then tell us about your struggle to follow your dreams. You put one foot in front of the other and progress, instead of stagnating in misery because others told you you couldn’t do what you wanted to do. Bravo, Gigi! You provide inspiration simply by being you!

gigigriffis February 8, 2013 - 2:36 am

Wow, Deb, thank you! This comment made my morning.

Julie February 9, 2013 - 1:12 am

Your “love letter from Italy” post was inspiring. It’s so refreshing to hear words of encouragement for once :)
Thank you for that!

gigigriffis February 9, 2013 - 5:45 am

Oh, I’m so glad!

If you are looking for more like that, here’s something I published over at Matador Network last year: http://matadornetwork.com/life/a-pep-talk-on-breaking-free/

Montecristo Travels (Sonja) February 25, 2013 - 7:48 am

Fear and how you overcome it. What do you do when you travel to reconnect with your inner dreamer? How do you quiet your mind enough to even hear that little whisper?

As we look towards our first of hopefully many long term travel plans the thing we find the most difficult is getting bogged down in all the details. Super duper important info and any time you can share that please do … yet we often feels like we loose touch with the whole point of the dream as we get lost in the mountain of details.

So how do you manage that?

gigigriffis February 25, 2013 - 8:06 am

Really excellent questions. Making a note to put some thought into these + try to tackle some answers on the blog in the coming weeks/months.


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