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Normally I love finding great travel quotes, finding the perfect photo and merging them together into inspiring virtual postcards. This month, though, I found the quote was already in the photo…

Let The Beauty of What You Love Be What You Do - Rumi

When I saw this rock over the summer in Martha’s Vineyard, I knew it had to be featured. Of course this quote applies to so much more than just travel, but I think any long-term world explorer will find extra special sentiment between the lines.

For me, this quote has meant traveling in a way that allows me to sometimes work, rather than working in a way that allows me to travel. Of course, I haven’t found total success yet because I basically work full time, but at least I can work from anywhere. I’ve let the beauty of what I love — travel — dictate what I do and how I live my life. So far, it’s been an amazing ride!

What does this quote mean to you?

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17 Comments...
  • Ashley of Ashley Abroad
    October 23 2012

    I like this quote a lot. My greatest love is also travel so I’m hoping to be able to be “location independent” someday and work as a writer or photographer from anywhere in the world. Fingers crossed!
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    • Alex
      October 24 2012

      Best of luck Ashley, I’m rooting for ya!

  • Gaelyn
    October 23 2012

    I love to travel also and work/play at the best job in the world for six months so I can play/travel the other six months.
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    • Alex
      October 24 2012

      Gaelyn that sounds like the greatest gig in the world! Congrats on finding such a career/play balance!

  • Marco
    October 23 2012

    Such a simple quote yet extremely meaningful. This should be advertised on billboards all over because it reminds us to take a step back and re-examine our lives. Thanks for sharing.

    • Alex
      October 24 2012

      Thanks Marco! I agree this would make a great billboard!

  • Kathryn
    October 24 2012

    I love words and language and stories and sorting out complex information in a way that allows clarity to emerge. When I stopped talking about a life of full-time reading and writing and started doing it, it was like leaving Kansas for OZ. A bonus is that I can write anywhere, leaving my life wide open for travel, volunteer work, and time for family and friends. Working at other jobs (fortunately jobs I loved) for three decades and some random good fortune have allowed me this freedom. Alex, I’m glad you have the courage to do what you love so early in life.

    • Alex
      October 24 2012

      Is it courage or is it recklessness?! 🙂 Just kidding, I hope its courage! Enjoying the ride so far…

  • Sarah Somewhere
    October 24 2012

    Alex, this is just one more message in sea if similar ones I have been getting lately! Maybe because I’m open to it, but at the moment I seem to be seeing them everywhere, and for the first time in my life, they make sense to me. Do what you love, live your own life, not one prescribed by someone else, and the only time to start is right now. Cheers to that!
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    • Alex
      October 24 2012

      Sarah what an inspiring comment! So glad the universe is speaking to you right now… and that you are listening.

  • Stephen Schreck
    October 26 2012

    Great quote! It really makes you reevaluate your world. I am in the process of making what I love what I do. Which is of course traveling 🙂
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    • Alex
      October 26 2012

      Good luck with that journey Stephen! It’s a well worth it path 🙂

  • wes
    October 26 2012

    Next stop Persia? That’ll shake it up! Iraq is, ahem, Biblically good. Imagine the diving off Kuwait. Just imagine.

    • Alex
      October 29 2012

      Wait, have you actually done that? If so why was I not invited.

  • Dad
    November 4 2012

    It has always been said if you find something you love to do everything else in life will take care of itself.

    • Alex
      November 5 2012

      Yes I like the quote “If you do what you love you’ll never work another day in your life.”

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