What's The Best Advice You've Ever Received?
With Sydney Kate
Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hey! I’m Sydney Kate and I love all things minimalism and travel! I was exposed to travel and caught “the bug” at a very young age. That was also about the time I got into photography and the two things together fulfilled all of my passions. When I was a teenager, I came across minimalism as a lifestyle and realized that it could give me more freedom. Focusing more on my experiences and passions over material things helped get me where I am today. In the last few years, I graduated with my BFA in Graphic Design. It’s there that I was inspired to start my blog, GypsyMinimalist.com, to share what I’ve learned and utilize my skill sets.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I like to watch a lot of inspirational speakers and often times I hear them talk about how we don’t need the approval or acceptance of others pursue our dreams. It doesn’t matter what other people think of the dream. If they’re not sailing with you, their negativity becomes the anchor that weighs you down. Be the captain of your own journey.
What is your greatest fear?
To be completely honest, I have many fears. One of the biggest is that I won’t live a meaningful life. That I won’t leave behind a legacy. How I get that fear to subside is by telling myself to live a life that’s meaningful to me today. Not spend it doing what I don’t want to do and hoping that someone will remember me.
What message do you think every woman should hear?
If you’re resourceful and want something bad enough, you can have it. Every woman has a fire inside her that burns bright with the right fuel. Hunger is the best motivator. As long as she wields an insatiable desire to achieve her goals, she can do anything. Stay hungry. Fuel the fire. Be unstoppable.
What do you love most about yourself?
Persistence. I’ve never given up on the things I’m passionate about.
Why do you love to travel?
Travel is great because it tests you on every level and opens opportunities that you wouldn’t have by staying in the same place. Until you’re out of your element, your comfort zone, you don’t realize what you truly know. About yourself, your life, your community, your country, your planet. Anything. Take time to reflect after your next trip and think about what you learned. Make a list, talk to a friend or let your thoughts wander over a cup of coffee.
What motivates you most?
I have a lot of motivators, but curiosity is huge. I want to explore and learn because I’m not all knowing. And I learn by doing versus reading or watching, so what better way than throwing myself out into the world? Curiosity has motivated me to travel as well as expand my skills in photography.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
I would travel and take photos for a living. Hands down. Some day I would also like to be a mom (maybe have the best of both worlds)!
What is something on your bucket list?
So many things! Mostly places to visit, like Australia, Italy, Germany. I’d love to have my own photography/design studio and a family.
Have you ever had an extraordinary experience? Describe it!
One of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve had is when I took a solo road trip from Minnesota to Washington. It’s an easy twenty-hour drive. I was on my way to see my uncle who lived in Idaho and pick him up on the way to Seattle. I was able to listen to my podcasts, music, stop when I wanted to… all things that I would have been different had I been traveling with someone. All of that was great. The thing is, I was also on my way to meet up with a crush in Montana that I had met and continued communication with back in Minnesota. We planned on me stopping in before I reached Idaho, just another three hours away. It was the worst part of my trip. It didn’t turn out the way I had planned and my heart was broken. I’ll spare you the details. The rest of my trip was great and I had an amazing time over all. I learned a lot from that happening and wouldn’t have it any other way. The big lesson: Find the silver lining in every situation. I guarantee there’s something that you can glean from a seemingly bad situation. I had plenty of time to reflect (in case you forgot, over twenty hours) and get some quality me time! There are upsides and downsides to traveling solo, but it should be on your bucket list if it isn’t already!