If you would have told me 5 years ago that I would own a coffee business and be traveling the country in an old hippy van, first I would have called bullshit… then I would have said ‘well that’s rad!’. Either way, I had no idea that this life and this adventure was going to be part of my story and I try to remind myself of that often. On that same note it has given me the most gratifying highs and humbling lows I’ve ever had to go through. The truth is, as much as we try to figure it out, we really have no idea what opportunities or hardships are going to be knocking at out door in the morning each day. Some of it is going to rock us to the core and some of it is going to make us smile bigger than we every have before. What is the key to riding either of those waves though? The answer is Perspective (with a capital P). As much as we would like to think that our way is of viewing the world is always the best one, sometimes that’s just not true. So many times in my life we become set in one way of thinking in the pursuit of a goal or getting to the next “level” that we need to be pulled out of those narrow mindsets by my friends and family to really see the world in its organic and effortless beauty. We can so easily get caught up in trying to control our narrow view of the world that we forget to truly open our eyes and our hearts to the beauty that comes with letting go. We have the power to change a hard day into a great one and a in the same way, a great one into a miserable one all by the perspective we choose to see the world. If life is seeming a little too hard, maybe it’s time you take a step back and think of life in a little different way than you have been lately. You’ll be surprised at what you find when you really step back, take a breath and a big look around. You’ll be amazing at how much easier breathing and looking around becomes the more that you do it. To live is to love your life. Now get out there and embrace what the world is going to give you, its all beautiful and its all a part of living a full life. We all just need to be willing to love the ride.