Opening Up to Adventure

Opening Up to Adventure

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Our life coach columnist explains how to remove barriers that holding you back from exciting new opportunities and experiences.

Are you the person who turns down invites to do something so radical and out of the blue because you feel afraid and scared to say yes? Do you have a desire to be adventurist but can’t seem to move past the excuses of it’s not a good time, I can’t afford it or maybe it just seems impossible?

As for invitations, I’m not talking about those vacations and celebrations you share with your family and friends, I am talking about a full-blown adventure that is way beyond the norm.

My moment was in the fall of 2017 when I made what seemed impossible, possible.  It was a big stretch for me in so many ways, but my desire to have an adventure of a lifetime was on aspiritual journey. To my surprise, I was not expecting it to be in Peru. I had to dig deep and let all the fear and doubt go to know if this was what my soul desired.

Learning to move past fear and use the internal guidance system is how I was able to release the resistance and set out confidently to Cusco Peru.

Here’s how that works: Be fully present in the moment when you are considering the adventure. No distractions. Almost a meditative state. 

How do you feel physically? Any uncomfortableness in your body? What is the energy in the thought of saying yes–excited? Do you feel a surge of tingles, heart racing, or see a clear vision you being there? 

This is the inner compass that will serve you when making big decisions that scare you and lead you to a solid “no” or a big “hell yes.”

And once you know it’s a yes leading with this feeling will allow all other things to fall into place.

What radical and out of the blue adventure do you want to experience?

Start imaging and see what comes up. Then get fully present and see if this lights you up in a way that you will do whatever it takes to move forward with the plans and have the experience.

On the other side of fear is the fun, joy, ease and happiness. Isn’t it time you start playing full out in your life with adventure! Get present and go with in. The inner compass is ready to answer.

Melissa Kirkpatrick
Melissa Kirkpatrick is a Transformational Coach and Motivational Speaker. She’s been featured in Cincy Magazine , CincyChic online magazine and is the author of the impactful self-help book “5 Steps to Your Own D.R.I.V.E.” Melissa offers one-on-one services, motivational speaking and hands-on workshops, allowing individuals and teams to shift their drive from stuck to unstoppable. To learn more, visit or email