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This year, I left my job, my apartment, sold most of my belongings, made the decision to leave the country to follow my dreams and heal from my family’s incredible loss (READ: I Left Everything To Travel The World For And With My Father).

Love Lock Bridge, Paris, France | Jinna Yang | Grease and Glamour

The most important thing that I gained from my journey in the past few months was a purpose – to live, love and dedicate my time to inspire people all around the world who feel stuck, just like I did only 8 short months ago.

“You are the master of your fate; you are the captain of your soul.” You don’t become who you want to be by wishing; you become who you want to be by believing.

If you’ve followed along with my journey on instagram (@projectinspo), you’ve read some of the learnings I’ve shared throughout the past few months. For those who haven’t, here are 10 things to learn in order to start living the life that you want – the life that you’ve always dreamed of.

1. If it doesn’t scare you, it’s not worth doing.

Jinna Yang | Grease & Glamour

Fear is and always will be present throughout your life, and being brave has nothing to do with being fearless. Being brave is about opening up about your fears, exposing them, choosing to become vulnerable regardless of who’s watching. Being brave is channeling your fears, refusing to let them guide you, but consciously letting them drive you to create the change you want to see in your life.

Pretending that you’re not scared is a crock of sh-t. That’s not bravery. That’s still pretending.

Everyone gets scared, and if you’re not doing something that scares you, then it may not be worth doing at all. If you’re not living a life where every once in a while you get scared sh-tless by what COULD happen, you’ll never create meaningful, positive change for your future. So remember: great things never came from comfort zones.

 

2. You are stronger because of your struggles.

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Your past doesn’t define you – it sets you up so you can pick yourself up after your failures. It gives you the strength to overcome, to continue, and most importantly to do things you’ve never done, but have always dreamed of. Don’t be a victim of regret. Don’t apologize for who you are and how you’ve changed because of life’s challenges, however crazy, intense, passionate, outspoken or quiet you may be.

You’re imperfect, complicated, but just as beautiful and wonderful because of your scars. Strength is built, and it’s a gift of circumstance that not many people are given.

 

3. Accept and embrace who you’ve become.

Champs Elysees Bokeh | Paris, France | Travel Inspiration

When my father passed and my family struggled, I was more lost than I had ever been in my entire life. No one could answer my questions, I thought I would never get closure, and I lost all hope in my future. I constantly asked myself when I would get back to “normal”. It wasn’t until I realized that I was never supposed to go back to normal that I took back control of my life. It’s okay to open up about your struggles. It’s okay to feel completely f-cked up at times.

What I went through changed me forever, and the second I accepted that was the second I found the strength to live the life I had always dreamed of.

Sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to know which direction to go.

4. Your plan should include purpose.

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I used to prioritize myself, showcase myself, do what I wanted to have what I thought I needed. The moment my life changed was when I realized that my passion had the potential to become of service to people around the world – to become a voice for change for those who have faced challenges throughout their lives.

My purpose was bigger than I had imagined; much bigger than me.

Stop thinking about what you want to do solely for yourself, but how you can do what you love to ultimately bring positive change to the world. That will determine your perspective, your level of happiness and the overall course of your life.

 

5. Your perspective can change everything.

Cinque Terre, Italy

“The things in your life that you think are happening TO you, are actually happening FOR you.” If you truly believe in yourself, you’ll learn to look at the events in your life as opportunities for growth. This will determine your level of gratitude, happiness and confidence – three things you need to be able to live the life of your dreams.

There will come a time in your life when you feel like everything is falling apart. That is the very moment when everything will be coming together.

 

6. Stop comparing yourself to other people.

Jinna Yang

A question I always struggled with was, “When is it going to be my turn?” I’d watch people who appeared to be less talented, work half as hard, born from bigger means, climb up the ladder to become more successful than me, and I’d scramble around trying to figure out why. I put in more time. I taught myself things that they paid someone to do. I’ve slept 3 hours a night for the past year.

Then I realized that you have to stop comparing yourself to others, but most importantly stop giving yourself the short end of the stick. Believe that everything you’ve been through – all the hard work, blood, sweat, tears you’ve invested in your future is worth more than you think.

There is a path and purpose for everyone, so stop comparing yours to someone else’s. This isn’t a race. You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment you will ever make.

 

7. Hard work ALWAYS pays off.

10 THINGS YOU NEED TO LEARN TO START LIVING THE LIFE OF YOUR DREAMS | Inspiration | Lyon, France

No matter where you are from, what color your skin is, the wealth or name of the family you were born into, your age, or the challenges that were placed in your way, I promise you that hard work always pays off. It may not seem like it on most days, you may get discouraged from the speed at which success seems to come for others, but don’t be distracted from your own journey. Work hard, stay persistent, and don’t ever give up on your dreams.

 

8. You get out of this life exactly what you put in.

Jinna Yang | Grease & Glamour

If you want happiness, DO what makes you happy. If you want a friend, BECOME a friend. If you want to be successful, PUT IN the work. If you want love, LEARN how to love. If you want change, STOP doing the same things over and over again. Stop getting in your own way. Take a risk, work your a-s off and reap the rewards.

 

9. Chase happiness, not money.

New York City | Travel Inspiration

If money is your sole motivation in life, happiness will always come second. I was so caught up in the cycle of working more to earn more to spend more to sleep less. I thought happiness came with a price tag, and I based every decision I made on money. But I was never satisfied and years later I was still unhappy. So if life wouldn’t change for me, I would have to change myself. Become the change you want to see.

To get something you’ve never gotten, you have to do something you’ve never done.

 

10. You cannot be afraid to fail.

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Don’t let success get to your head. Don’t let failure get to your heart. You cannot be afraid to fail for the sake of failing. Failure is an opportunity to learn, grow and avoid making the same mistakes. Success is a journey, not a destination, so keep on climbing.

 

Thank you so much for reading this post, for your comments, and for inspiring me as much as I hope to inspire you. Follow me on instagram for daily motivational posts + photos: @projectinspo.


With love,
Jinna

  • Vera

    Oh Jinna! Those are smart words. I know that you struggles in life made you become the strong and beautiful women you are now. We’re so proud of you. You’ve become such an inspiration. And sincerely, thank you so much for sharing this wise tips with all of us. You never know when someone (maybe me) might need it.
    With all my love,
    Vera
    http://theflashwindow.weebly.com

    • Vera, you are so sweet and I’m sooooo thankful for your kind + supportive words. Seriously, means so much. Thank you thank you thank you and I hope you’re doing well. Sending you love <3 xx

  • gina

    this is sooooo interesting, I’m debating doing the exact same and can’t decide if i’m brave enough! http://www.www.thewanderlusthasgotme.blogspot.co.uk

    • Hey Gina! Thanks for your comment. 🙂 Well definitely have a plan, and that courage that you need is inside you somewhere, just waiting for the right time. There’s no rushing it either – we all have our own timelines, you know? When you know in your heart that it’s the right time, you’ll have the strength to do it. I know it! Thanks for stopping by + for reading. <3 xx

  • Siulia

    I always love your posts. There are nights, like this one, when I magically find myself reading on your blog exactly what I needed to read and I’m really thankful for this!! 🙂

    • Siulia, so good to hear. Hope you’re doing well and don’t ever forget that you’re f-cking AWESOME! <3 xx

  • Alissa Loxton

    Incredible post and beautiful photos!

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    21 year old travel blogger
    http://the-living-spree.blogspot.co.nz/

  • Samsam

    I so adore this…I actually just wrote a post about #9 but I agree with all of your points! Absolutely beautiful post from a beautiful soul <3 You are such an inspiration!
    ~ Samantha

  • themarief

    Your blog is amazing! So great watching it evolve. Kudos! – theconceptofstyleblog.blogspot.com

  • Those are all things I’m learning right now, too. Such a great article. Thank you. 🙂

  • Such a great article – love your outlook on life and travel.

  • Yvonnelaura

    Great article! Very inspiring!

    http://www.thetouristoflife.com

  • inspired

    this post set me back–this past year (or two) has been one HELL of a ride. I too have faced things I never thought I’d be able to get through, have failed and hit rock bottom. These 10 points you’ve made I have realized on my own journey, and I love the truth that rings from your words. It puts me in tears how these things I once perceived as faults have shown me some of my biggest strengths. Thank you for putting this all in words–to share and inspire others as well.

    • Man oh man thank you for stopping by and for sharing your story with me. It’s so inspiring to hear that you are feeling the same way as I am – usually people don’t open up about stuff, it’s easier to just pretend and go through the motions, but I know it’s important to recognize how far you’ve come, and part of that begins with accepting that yes, we have been through some SH-T!!! Lol thank you for your comment and I hope you look in the mirror every single day and recognize how strong you are, and that no one can ever take that away from you. <3 xx

  • Melody Williams

    First let me say, your travel photos are beautiful! Amazing thoughtful and true advice too. I’m so grateful for you openly sharing your story/journey with us.

    xo

    Mel @ http://www.marevoli.com

  • Love this Jinna! Your journey is so inspiring for me!

    • Thanks so much for reading and for your comment! Means so much 🙂

  • I’d say the most important one is to stop comparing yourself to other people, but that can be the most difficult!

    – Ava

    beck daily

  • Wonderful post and these photos are just beautiful:)

  • David Oyedokun Akeredolu

    Thanks for sharing your taught, just what I need to hear, I am at that point you have described, now on my way to recovery now, your information will come handy in my journey to recovery.
    God bless

  • the message you give in this post is incredible and the pictures are great as well. I love reading posts like this!!

    xx Cecil // http://www.wednesday19th.blogspot.com

  • Inese

    This is exactly how I feel about life.. amazing article, I love it! 🙂

  • Lois

    Just discovered this by “accident.” Love your honesty, amazing photos, outlook on life, and inspiring journey. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  • Natasha Lancaster

    What a great inspirational article! Thank you, it really picked me up and reminded me what’s important xx

    http://highheelsbrownhair.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Lucy Brooke

    This a great and inspiring post! Ive quit my job, left my flat and about to pack up and leave London to move to ethiopia in search of a challenge and a change.. Got the fear this week but this has reminded me of why I decided to do it! Thank you

    Lucy @ http://www.thelostarchitect.co.uk

  • Andrea

    this is beautiful! thank you for being so honest about your own journey, and sharing what you’ve learned along the way. 🙂

  • Jackelyni Reis

    Wow! Really I´m without words, after those incredible and perfect words. It seems you´ve choose them from your soul! Lovely, deep and real! Love it! Good work with your blog and I´m already a follower/fan/inspired by!

    Tks for sharing your words!

    xoxo

    Jacky | PINK Empowerment
    http://www.pinkempowerment.com

    Instagram: pinkempowerment

  • Jay Zaim

    Brilliant.Much needed.Sharing.Thxs

  • Patti Dee

    This post was so awesome. I loved the content and the creativity of how you added your photographs. The message, above all, was so important. Wishing you peace and happiness, always!

  • emy

    i cried reading your post. i am exactly in the situation u are telling us. i have this great fear of failing bec. it seems that everything is falling apart. i have ended a 10 year love affair with my job and it breaks my heart to do it but i have to. with my age, our economy, everything seems bleak. i just wish i had the same courage as u had

  • Wow! I was completely trying to ignore the amazing photographs. Your words mattered to me more. And seriously, I needed those. I have been trying to gather up courage to do what I want to do without worrying about things like – where would the money come from, what would people say, what if I failed and so on.
    Stepping out of your comfort zone is difficult but I need to do it.
    Thanks for this post. It would help
    http://www.finixpost.com

  • Caroline @ Shrinking Single

    Exactly what I needed today as I start chasing my dream but get caught up comparing myself to others.

  • Mark

    Man, I could not agree more. You are an inspiration. This past January, after 26 years in the U.S. military (Ret. 2002) and then 12 more years working for a large tech firm, I could not take it anymore. I was miserable despite the big fat salary. One day, I woke up, went to work, and told my manager I quit. BTW, I have been living i Japan the past 14 years. Anyway, I quit a job I despised and now pursue modeling and acting in Japan with the benefit of my foreign face. To date, some success too. But, most importantly is the pure state of euphoria waking up each morning not knowing what the day will bring…that for me is contentment if not downright joy. Following your heart, when you can, is what I call living the life. My only little regret…I did not do it a lot earlier than the age of 56. You are ahead of your time, young lady.

  • Nasir ahmad

    Great, Thanks for writing and posting.

  • Tanja Hermans

    Thank you for the wonderfull pictures and the inspiring words. Love Tanja

  • Betsie

    You have a lot of Wisdom, thank you for being a bright light in this world. I am happy to have stopped by
    and read your post!

  • Amazing post. It was very inspirational. The photos are all so beautiful!!! I really need to work on number 6 🙂

  • Helen

    Hi! I’m just catching up on my blogs and just read this post and you’ve just hit the nail on head!!! You’ve basically written out what/how I felt in 2011/2012! THANK YOU THANK YOU! The road seemed so lonely when my Dad suddenly passed but making the choice to take a year off life was the best thing I ever did for myself! I look forward to reading more from you! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!!! xoxoxox

  • Eric

    Very well written. I am on the very same kind of journey, hit the rock bottom after a loooong fall and am now years later still learning my new self and which direction to take. The thing is not only the v e r y true inputs you have written above, but also h o w to implement them for real with both mind a n d heart. They must imo be at least quite aligned.
    When the turningpoint came and my mind realized that i had to get going, my heart wanted to stay in sorrow, and it took (and still does sometimes) time for my heart to catch up and agree with what my mind already knew.
    The goals you have written are s o true and should be aimed to achieve. It is a struggle to reach them, and it might take t i m e, but it is SO worth it. And maybe you will reach one of these goals at a time, at different stages in life…but they are very true and imo very important to reach.

    Thank you for sharing!! I am glad to see you have reached so far 🙂

  • This has come at just the right time for me – thank you so much for a truly inspiring post.

  • Such an inspiring post….really thank you. I will share it with my blog readers 🙂

  • shahad

    I dont know what to say … but … Thank You so much … i will do what you write and i hope it change my life too xx
    i really want to discover my self buy traveling and meet new people but girl in my place cant do this her

  • Nicole Daacke

    Some how just stumbled upon this and I’m so happy I did. I was forced to leave a study abroad program that I’d been looking forward to my whole life. It seemed like such an awful thing and low point in my life, and I was so afraid of what others would think. But it was exactly opposite of that. I’ve now been traveling around Europe for 3 months and it’s been the most remarkable experience. I completely agree with everything you’ve written. I have absolutely learned all of these things and found such a change in myself and the way I want to live my life from here on out. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • jessemarjo

    Beautiful thoughts by a beautiful lady! Thank you Dreams are for living.

  • Lovely words to live by.

  • A fantastic set of principles to live by in life. Thank you for sharing your journey

  • Vanessa Vanderhaven

    What a great read. I really enjoyed everything that you said, especially the part about being afraid to fail, very uplifting and inspiring! It’s the first time I have seen your blog but I will be back again 🙂 xxx

  • Heidi D.

    Thank you for sharing your journey. What an inspiration! I stumbled across your blog somewhat by accident and am so happy that I did. I shared this post in my favorite links of the week this past Friday:)

    Heidi D.
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

  • Paul_Morphy

    Cool pictures in Paris. I wish I was there.

  • Leah

    Beautiful photographs and fantastic insights into life. You’re a blessing to all of us!

    • Leah thank you for your sweet words thank you thank you I am so grateful for your comment and for you reading!

  • malu

    You are such a Star! Help us a looot!
    Hopes and Dreams from Brasil, XoXo

  • Joan

    Thank You for this wonderful post – it is exactly what I needed to hear 🙂

  • This post is absolutely BEAUTIFUL. I will be bookmarking this whenever I start comparing myself to others or if I need a little boost. Comparison really is the thief of JOY. Amazing post!

    xoxox
    P.

    http://www.sparklepaige.blogspot.com

    • Paige! Thank you darling! Comparison is the thief of joy. Wow!!! Love that – I always struggled with that and it made me really insecure. Now I’ve learned to accept my own personal path. It’s changed my life by changing my perspective! Sending you love! Thank you so much for your comment!!

  • Jinna thank you so much for this post it’s something I definitely struggle with and had caused an uproar of panic and anxiety. I always put things off to do the things that I think I’m supposed to do instead of the things that I want to do. This was definitely an inspiration. I have been dealing with the loss of my sister since 2007 and always ask when will I be back to normal but thanks to your post I now have a bit of understanding.

    I would love for you to visit my blog once I have completed the launch, I will visit back with the site link.

    Thanks again

  • Alia Hansen

    Wow thank you so much for sharing this, really inspiring! Hope you’re doing well and I’m sure your future has loads to offer you 🙂 Looove the pictures btw 😉

    xx love

    http://www.genieinabubble.com

  • Mari

    Great share beautiful pictures best of luck and so true we must conquer our fears!

  • Amazing! This was exactly what I needed to read today. Thanks for opening up and being you.

  • Marilou

    thank you for sharing this post!!! so inspirational! sometimes we get stuck in our own ideas and thoughts and forget that life is too short to fear doing things!!!! lots of hugs xo

  • Natalia

    I stumbled across this post on bloglovin and I’m so glad I did, your story is an inspiring one 🙂
    All 10 pieces of advice rang true, #5 and #6 are my personal favourites.

    Thx, Nat
    @thisnnat.blogspot.com

  • Mary Kennedy Eastham

    Thank you Jenna for sharing your amazing story with us. I left a marriage of 20 years and don’t give myself enough
    credit sometimes for moving on. You helped me so much with your comment about never really seeing the same normal again. I struggle with that and all I left behind sometimes. But I WORK HARD every day at my writing (www.rp-author.com/MKE) and at creating a new life. I lost my Mom in my 20’s. It was terrible. I think of her still almost every
    day and see her love in me in so many small ways. I can feel her out there watching out for me. All my best to
    you beautiful girl…Mary Kennedy Eastham

  • Really great post and you are so right! I feel the same about traveling. Great pictures! <3
    All the best from Munich,

    Vanessa
    http://www.TRAVELvip.tv

  • The Queen of Dreaming

    Most inspiring post ever! Thank you very very much!!

    http://justsem.wordpress.com/

  • Theresa Reeree Robinson

    Words can’t explain just how much I appreciate reading your article and how it was meant for me to read it. I can’t express to you how this article got to my mind and in my heart. Everything you said is what exactly I needed to hear to get my head out the “stinkin thinkin” pathway! I need to tell myself this everyday and TRULY apply it to my life. What makes this even more profound is that, it didn’t come from a celebrity or life guru but an everyday person who is just like me, reaching for a better and greater purpose. Thank you

  • Catherine

    I’m certainly glad you’ve learned so much so young. I’ve lived my life somewhat the same way. I could do it without selling everything or traveling the world. I went out into the world without asking anyone their advice. I did and continue to free fall. I’ve suffered vertigo most of my life! I’ve taught my husband how to do it and wonder why my children do it. Success has nothing to do with money, fame, or power. Success has to do with what you’ve left behind from living. Is the world better off for you being in it? Maybe, maybe not, but you tried.

  • asleep

    I think that I’m going to print this and to attach it on my wall. I want to start a new life in a diffent country, it’s been 6 years since I started to think about it…I’m scaried as hell but this is really inspirational for me! Thank you!

  • Rose Nuñez

    This is a very inspiring post. Thank you so much for sharing and I hope you grow stronger everyday.

    Rose of dosesofrose.tumblr.com x

  • Patriciann Palka

    Thank you for sharing. God works in mysterious ways, I came by your blog via Bloglovin’, at a very crucial time in my life. I’m 61 and also dealing with loss, moving to a new city, and cancer. Through it all I have challenged myself as you have, and yes, am stronger for meeting my fears. Your blog will become a fixture on my road to new discoveries. God Bless you on your journey…

    • Patriciann, words cannot express my gratitude for your strength, your beautiful soul and for sharing your story with us!!! You’re amazing and I am so inspired by you! I hope you know you have a friend here. Cheers to you for being so brave, picking up and moving to live your life to the fullest. I will keep you in my prayers. You are wonderful. Please keep in touch!!!! Sending you love and wishing you much peace and success and happiness.

  • Eva Tenorio

    hi thank you so much for this.. I love that this touches so many of us out there!

  • Today, I woke up, feeling depressed. Everything in my life seems to suddenly dawn on me and like a heavy mountain come crushing on my shoulders, it felt hard to breathe and before I knew it, tears came down my cheeks.

    As sudden as these tears came, I decided to close my eyes and clam myself. Affirmations were repeated so many times before I can even open my eyes and face the world. Its easy to give words of encouragement to people but hard to implement them on myself. Thus, I need courage to perk myself up.

    Your article came just in time. It gave me courage and motivation and HOPE. Your post truly is like a beacon of light in my much dreaded life. Thanks for sharing so many insights and lighten my feelings. I appreciate it. 🙂

  • Karin Alvar

    So true!
    Thank you.

  • MissRhei

    Hello Jinna… I love the way you wrote down the insights. Clear and precise. Thanks for sharing it with us… and btw, love your photos!!

  • A general mail from BlogLovin saying that these are the posts we think you might be interested in brought me here, I normally scan through such emails and never get time to actually click and read through. But I am so glad I did. I just needed this today! Amazing job with your images and thanks for all the encouragement!

    • Shilpa you are so kind thank you for stopping by and thank you for your sweet comment! Sending you love ♡

  • Karen Du Bruyn Bezuidenhout

    Thank you for sharing your journey with me, it gives me HOPE! Love xxx

  • sonji

    I’ll keep your advices closed to me as I’ll try to change my whole life soon .. i’ll find inspiration through your phrases ..

  • Love your post! The only one I would disagree with is #9 – chase happiness (although I DO agree with the “not money” part – LOL!)… One thing I’ve learned over the years is that if you have to chase it, you will *never* find it! Contentedness is a quality that must be cultivated, but if you can master that…no matter WHAT your situation, you will find joy: something deeper and less-dependent on your circumstances. How wonderful, tho, that you’ve taken the stance to learn from pain…many people run from it, and then lose important life lessons in the process! {{hugs}}

  • iTashja

    Absolutely loved reading this!

  • Carla

    What great mantras to live by! (Is it weird to say I want to print this out and put on my fridge for daily reading?!!!) Your article really hit home. My dad died four years ago and I still have that hole in my heart feeling (that I know will never go away). His words to me during his last few days were literally echoed in your post….do what makes you happy. He did and he had no regrets. I’m new to your blog and love it….you’re very inspiring! xo

  • Shiraz2014

    This is a beautiful post with so much knowledge and insight. Thank you especially for #2. I’ve been trying to tell a friend exactly what you said in different ways and now I have what you said perfectly. I can’t wait to express it to her by reading from your post. It took me years of therapy to get to where you are now. I’m so happy that you figured it out on your own and while you are so young. Your life will be so much happier. Keep writing these amazing posts because I very much enjoy reading them.

  • Tim Lubbe

    Absolutely Inspiring !!!
    Thanks for been so open and been so vulnerable.

  • Angela

    Amen to all that!
    Check out Acts 17:28

  • Rebecca Pilozo

    I loved reading ever word of this article. Your writing style is beautiful and admirable. The post followed by each photograph go so well together, I’m at loss of words. Amazing job

  • letitia yeung

    Hi Jinna I love your photos, am utterly envious of your travels and more than anything, I am inspired by the path you’ve taken. My very close friend and cousin passed away (she was 40) a couple of years ago from breast cancer and I keep thinking I owe it to her and myself to make the most of the time left I have in this world. May I ask you some personal questions… Like when you made this leap, did you make any plans for your future-future (ie retirement) or are you putting all your eggs in the here and now basket? And currently do you have income from multiple projects streams (not wanting to know your details, just curious as to how it can all work out)… Thank you!

    • Melanie B

      I am also curious.

  • Gail

    First of all, let me say how sorry I am for your loss. No one knows how it feels for you personally so I will not say that I do, but loss is always heartbreaking. It sounds like you are healing. What a moving and true post! I love your pictures. It looks like quite a journey. Best of luck and continued personal success to you!! Keep on being true to yourself and you can’t go wrong. 🙂

  • AdventureEirin

    this post was the most beautiful I’ve read in ages. Thank you!

  • Amit Mamgain

    awesome

  • Bieke Lemmens

    Jinna, thanks so much for sharing these tips and your story! You come on the right time with your advice and give me so much strenght in my time of insecurity and doubt! thanks big time!!

  • Bieke Lemmens

    Jinna, big thanks for your story ad tips. I’m going through a period of doubt and insecurity. I don’t really know what I want ( again) and thinking it all over and all over again makes me even more insecure. Your advice gives me strength, guidance and hope. Thanks!!

    • Bieke take the pressure off girl! It sounds like you’re good at a lot of things which is a WAYYYYY better problem to have than not being good at that much ! :p I hope you’ll find some peace in knowing that life isn’t a race. Follow your personal path. Discover your personal purpose. What fuels your fire? What makes you happy? If you wake up everyday and could choose to do what you love what would it be? How can you take your passion and be of service to people?

      Remember that confidence takes practice. So practice doing the things you think you love until you get experience and become more confident in what it is that you know you do love! Your purpose is not a huge epiphany but a small string of events that eventually reveals itself. You are capable of much more than you give yourself credit for, and when you wake up in the morning I want you to look in the mirror and tell yourself how strong, smart, wonderful and brave you are and GET OUT THERE AND GO TO WERK! (I misspelled that on purpose hehe)

      Believe in yourself because I believe in you! Sending you love. Please keep in touch and keep me posted! Xx

      • Bieke Lemmens

        Thank you so much for your reply! I got goosebumbs reading it! You have fueled me with a renewed strength. Thanks!!

  • Dewi Natalia

    Love your post! This is my first visit to your blog! I’d love to read another great post!

  • Mark Yang

    Jinna your blog is fantastic. I am in love, don’t worry not with you but with your blog. I have been following most of this principles but never had courage to share with all. I really appreciate your work. I wish if you can make a group of like minded positive thinking people will be great. Let us spread positivity.

    • Thank you Mark! Agreed! Positive perspective will bring a positive life. ♡

  • Sandra

    I loved your post!

  • Chelle

    Really lovely post, really got me thinking!
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  • French75

    I wish I’d have read your post 40 years ago. Your insight is SPOT ON. I’m retired now, but always sought out the job/career that made me more money. Unfortunately, by the time I figured out that there is little satisfaction in seeking that, I was too close to retirement to make a big change and seek out a career that gave me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Your generation has a better chance of not making that mistake. Keep seeking your personal happiness and keep sharing your journey. xo

    • Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! You know what I realized along the way, though? Life is not a race! We each have our own personal path; our own personal timeline. Your journey happened the way it did because it was meant to, and you should be proud at how much you’ve accomplished and I’m sure how many people you’ve inspired along the way – myself included. I hope you take the time to find what it is that fuels your fire, and awakens your passions and have confidence knowing it is never too late to do what you love!!! Please keep in touch! Sending you love ♡

  • Amy Chen

    Hi Jinna!

    I just want to say that I am a big fan of your blog and an avid follower of your Instagram account. Your posts and your Instagram captions are always so inspiring to me. I’m a recent BFA graphic design graduate and for the past few months, I have been feeling a bit “lost” in terms of what kind of career / professional life I want to lead. I discovered you on Instagram this summer – and have been following along ever since. I have always dreamed of traveling, because it isn’t something that my family has ever had the itch/desire to do and your journey has inspired me to still reach for that dream. In the past couple months, I have been listening to my heart and actually recently started a blog of my own (www.amychendesign.com/blog) where I share things that I love and am willing to do/write about weekly without getting paid (photography mixed with mostly posts about food / local adventuring). Your blog has been a huge inspiration for me in terms of taking that leap of faith and starting my own blog. I am learning to listen to my own personal journey, and trying to stop with comparing my journey to the journey of others.

    Thank you again. 🙂

    – Amy

  • Cindy

    I happened on this from a friends fb page. I began reading, and at first thought. . Oh. .shes young. . . (Ideals of youth) But I continued and found your words comforting and challenging. You, have a God given gift to reach people, even some feeling closed minded at the moment ( yes me, ugh) I pray you continue with your gift and that you reach many souls needing uplifting. We all do Gods work in a different way, your gift is huge, stay humble and use it well. Much love and respect to you.
    God blessed!

  • Sean Talley

    Jinna,

    I honestly look forward to looking to your blog for new posts each and every day! This post, like so many before it, allows me to draw strength and inspiration from your words and admiration for the uniquely open, honest, beautiful human being that you are. You have a knack for blogging exactly what I need to hear at the exact time I need to hear it…and I know I’m not alone. Thank you for sharing with all of us, some of the most personal parts of your life, it is truly inspirational and I would venture to say even therapeutic at times. I continue to consider myself a fan and I’m not normally of fan of anything! Thanks again and looking forward to your future posts!

    Sean T

  • Rose

    I absolutely love this post. It’s wonderful that you had the courage to do this.

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  • marta alvarez calderón

    im a therapist and i love your post! simple and clear! congratulations!

  • Anna

    Amazing thoughts, every single one inspired me.
    These days, I often think about all the people being lost in their routine and limited view of live. Me included.

    xoxo

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  • Mel Kwok

    This made my day, if not my year so much better. You are truly an inspiration and these thoughts that you’ve shared really have helped me not feel so small. Not only did this motivate me, it really spoke to me when I needed it most. Thank you. I really appreciate it.

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  • Uros

    Thank you!

  • Titta

    Thank you for this post!! I just recently left everything and moved to follow love. Now I´m married and I wouldn´t wanna change a thing. Being brave at the right moments will change your life. 🙂

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  • Estephanie

    Omg this is beautiful! 🙂 really inspiring and so true! From one dreamer to another…thid was empowering.

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  • Gia Perez

    I happen to run into this website yesterday, when i felt like giving up my dream of travelling. I doubted myself many times and cried try I to figure out ways to survive overseas. Your words are inspiring. I felt more in control and less influenced by others negative comments when i expressed myself about what i wanted to do. Thank you for those warm thoughts and making me feel less slone in this journey.

  • Travis Brown

    You have an amazing posts here. On your first photo, are those designer shoes? Thanks.

  • Penelope

    This post really touched me and made me feel hope… thank you x

  • Ella Castillo

    I was looking for inspirational blogs online and it took me awhile before I finally saw yours. Such an inspiration after reading this. Thank you! 🙂

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  • objettrouve

    I stumbled on your blog quite by chance a couple of months ago and have been following your journey since. Love all your post and especially love the pics of Iceland. You have given voice to all that “stuff” that matters to us and we never talk about. In my teens my mantra was “Follow your Dreams”, “Break free from Convention” and after all these years i still repeat this mantra to myself; especially when i am surrounded by more “impossible” personalities than “Possible” personalities. Whilst reading all of your post a thought crossed my mind; that you are like the Ambassador of Fearlessness and Chaser of Dreams. So thank you for sharing so generously.

  • becky

    don’t stop doing what you are doing I love this… this is really inspiring i am reading this all the way from nairobi kenya..you are an inspiration.thank you so much..

  • Thank you for such beautiful pictures and great post. In the middle of your blog, I actually started crying. I’m sorry for your loss. I sympathise but I would never know how it feels like till I go through it myself and that makes me cry. Day by day I know my parents are getting older and someday they will leave. Every time when I think about that, I just couldn’t hold my tears. I know someday my heart would break into pieces and I couldn’t stop that as that’s the process of ageing. I know I would miss them so so much. For now, I can just enjoy their presence and love them.
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  • Phuong

    I cant seem to past the judment of others when it comes to be in service to others. I always feel that I am ready to give all that i can to anyone that need my help but the thoughts about if they are going sastify, if they compare my works with someone else. i feel like being stucked here and not be able to move forward and live that life that is truely of who i am.

  • Phuong

    .. and I am inspired by your photos. The time, the places and lighting are the things i took noted. Thank you for sharing

  • Ashley

    I just discovered your blog and I am so glad I did. I was very close to tears as I read through this, these are things I really needed to hear. Thank you so much for this post and the inspiration!

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  • Priyanka Kanagaraj

    What a amazing inspiration you are . I can feel happy hormones releasing form my mind and body every time i sot down to read your post . You are one amazing woman . 🙂

  • Such an inspiring post 🙂

  • Ray

    Jinna! I needed this today…Thank you so much for your courage to live & share along the way. After reading this, I am definitely inspired to LIVE, and pick up those gems along the way that can only be discovered by living through my fears. I look forward to your continued lessons. Be Well…

  • tanuja Das

    Dear Jinna Yang, I am so thankful to you for sharing your story with us!…..

  • Maja Prokopenko

    Beautiful post I love it! I wrote a similar post about following your dreams, check it out! I started writing when I suffered a big loss as well. Sending love, Xo
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  • Great post! I’ll be honest, my worst problem is number 6. Comparing myself to others and number 9. Chase happiness, not money. I loved reading all 10 of them, its so true and its easier said than done sometimes. Thank you for sharing!

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  • I was feeling very bad this morning until I started reading this post.
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  • Caroline Schurman-Grenier

    Inspirational! You give me motivation to reach for my goals!

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  • Shirley Khor

    Thanks a million for sharing this! I wish I had chanced upon your blog much earlier. I have just got out of a broken engagement (yes, my ex-fiance called off our engagement and we decided to go on our separate ways) and I’m still grieving over the loss of a serious relationship. However, your blog has miraculously opened up my mind to many possibilities for growth as a single woman, both personally and professionally. You are such a great inspiration to thousands of people who are going through difficult times in life. Again, thank you so much and God bless you, Jinna! 🙂

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    Wow, you’re so damn right Jinna. I needed it. I am seeking to change so many things right now. And perhaps i can not afford to travel like you right now, but i guess a little bit of work for a couple years won’t kill me, huh?

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