Long-time no see, friend. As you can obviously tell I took a little break from blogging that happened sort of intentionally but not really. You see, I was going through blogging and travel burnout and for a while wanted absolutely nothing to do with this blog. However, I was happily (and very grateful) for the money that it was still providing me.

All the work I’ve done on this little but not so little blog paid off and it allowed me the time and space I needed to do some thinking, soul searching, learning about myself and what the heck I even want. If you have no idea what I’m talking about then it’s probably because you don’t follow me on Insta (@taylorstracks) or watch my stories. But don’t worry dear reader, I’m about to explain it all here too.

Hanging out at home (Ottawa, Canada) and LOVING it.

Where I went in September

Absolutely freakin’ nowhere. And I LOVED it. I also went nowhere in August and for most of July I was home minus the first few days of the month. It was exactly what my soul had been needing and craving.

Travel is an absolutely beautiful experience but I believe that is it possible to have too much of a good thing and I had too much travel. I wasn’t appreciating it anymore, I wasn’t being grateful for opportunities and I felt the life and energy being drained out of me on every trip.

I totally failed to listen to what my body and mind needed and that was one place to stay where I could build up my energy, learn to take better care of myself and decide which direction I wanted my business (this blog) to go in.

Is it possible to do all of that while on the road? Absolutely. But I know it’s a heck of a lot more difficult. I needed certain comforts around me and I needed the space to explore myself from the inside. Doing that in a hostel dorm room is far from comfortable. And to get to know yourself better I think you definitely need some space. Said space is certainly not in a hostel dorm room.

I was all for enjoying the little things while I was at home.

Travelling also takes up a lot of energy. You’re constantly thinking about where you’re living next, what you’re doing that day and are always stimulated by new things. You only have so much energy in a day and when a lot of it is going towards travel and basic things like finding a restaurant to go to or the closest grocery store and researching the next destination, then it takes up the energy that you can typically save by staying in one place and not having to think about basic things.

That energy then can’t be used for business planning, creativity and working on yourself.

So that’s why I decided to stay home for three and a half months. It was glorious.

Me, mid trying to figure my life out, looking like I got it together but not really.

I tried to explore a new path…it didn’t work out

Earlier this year I started getting into the “woo” which I totally love now and believe isn’t so woo anymore. I hired a coach, became more positive, started making more money and overall just am loving life a lot more than my previous negative, the-world-is-out-to-get-me, “I’ll always be poor” self.

Where I once was afraid to spend money even on a latte, I’m now totally okay to drop a few thousand dollars on a program (or two). This year I’ve invested more in myself than I ever have and I feel brighter, lighter and happier than ever.

I purposely chose one investment, which was $3000USD for a business program created by a guy who’s podcast I’d been listening to for a few months (Mind Your Business by James Wedmore, highly recommend!). His program is directed towards course creators and membership sites.

My plan was to create a course around everything I had learned this year that helped to make me so much happier. Turns out creating a course to make people happier is easier said than done! I realized I wasn’t relating to my audience (you guys) as I did a complete 180 with my business and all of a sudden went from travel to talking about mindset and manifestation.

My mornings mostly looked like this!

While some of you were totally on board with the personal development aspect, I know a lot of you were wondering what the heck I was doing.

I had set up a time for a webinar and even ran some Facebook ads for the webinar which was geared toward helping people get out of burnout by doing more in less time.

It’s been a couple of weeks since said webinar was supposed to happen and I can look back now and say that it was a complete failure. Only I don’t believe in failures anymore, just lessons. And the lesson here was to listen to you.

I was so excited to switch my blogs direction because teaching about mindset and manifestation and doing the inner work had lit me up so much that I wanted others to experience the same. I also felt like it was my duty, my purpose to share what I had learned. I felt guilty keeping the tips and tricks and tools that I had learned, that had caused me to have mind-blowing realizations to myself.

And hence the idea to create a course was born.

But I pursued the course and it didn’t work out. And that’s totally okay. I can try again or I can move forward. I have chosen to move forward but I’m not letting going of the personal development stuff just yet.

Exploring what’s close to home: Pink Lake hike in Gatineau Park.

P.S: I absolutely do not think that investing in the business program was a waste of money. I learned SO much about marketing and got myself in with a group of like-minded people that seriously lift each other up. It’s wonderful to see. That alone, this way of thinking, just shows myself that the way I look at failure is completely different. I didn’t waste time or money, I grew.

What you can expect from Taylor’s Tracks moving forward

This blog was originally started as a happiness blog and so when I felt the calling to share things that made me happy (mindset, overcoming limiting beliefs, woo stuff) I thought it deserved a home on this blog. From now on you will continue to see travel content (it isn’t going anywhere!) to help you plan your dream trip. You’ll see mindset and wellness content to help you create your dream life and you’ll see blogging content so you can start your dream job.

I’m so excited to have new avenues to pursue and an old path to continue walking along. I hope you’ll stick around for the rest of my path.

What I’ve been reading lately

The Anxiety Solution by Chole Brotheridge: I read this as a part of a membership I had joined. It’s a very clear cut and simple way to tackle anxiety. It can help you understand why you may have anxiety, make you realize that it’s normal and that there are many practical solutions to help tackle it.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert: Liz is one of my all-time favourite authors so I’m just going to tell you to go ahead and read this one. It’s about theatre girls in New York City in the 20’s and as always the characters draw you in so intensely. A good read on the beach or to get cozy with.

Earth is Hiring by Peta Kelly: This is hands down the best book I have read this year. Peta has the power to open up your eyes and expose you to all of the good in the world. You will feel so full of joy and gratitude and hope after reading Earth is Hiring that I think everyone should read it. It covers all sorts of topics from money to business to being kind and getting to know oneself. Seriously, if you only read one more book this year make it this one.

I loved the book so much that I even sent it my friend in Texas!

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah: Another great read, this memoir dives into the comedian’s life growing up in South Africa under the apartheid. He doesn’t shy away from sharing the bad and shines light on what good came out of his rocky upbringing. It opened my eyes to the history of South Africa that I know too little about.

Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks: This is a book about manifestation and calling in your desires. It is the easiest to understand and most practical book I have read about manifestation thus far so if you’re even mildly interested in manifestation or just want to learn how to keep yourself in a better mood then this book is certainly beneficial.

The Universe Has Your Back: How to Turn Fear into Faith by Gabrielle Berstein: This book offers extremely simple steps and examples to living a life full of more joy, happiness and love. For some it will probably be a bit too woo but for those who are seriously into living their best lives this book will act as a reminder and guide that it’s already in you, you just gotta harness your power and love.

That’s it for this month friends, I’ll be back next month with lots more stories as I’m on the road this month!