Small Moments Matter, No Matter Where You Are / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


Small Moments Matter, No Matter Where You Are

Picture this: I'm up in the sky on a plane for 11 hours & 30 minutes as I transport from one side of the globe to another. I'm heading to Barcelona, Spain to gobble up patatas bravas & take in the beauty of La Sagrada Familia.

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Then I take a short $29 plane ride from Barcelona to Berlin. Yes, it's true. It only costs $29 to fly from one country to another. For less than a tank of gas — which would only take you from San Diego to Los Angeles — you can stop in another country. 
I'll experience Berlin, Germany's rich history & sit down for a picnic at Viktoriapark. After Deutschland, I venture north toward the fjords of Norway. I'll trek through the forest of Nordmarka in Oslo, Norway then sigh at the view of the city from the roof of the Opera House.

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I always have to remind myself: life is not only about the big moments — the graduations, the trips across the world, the pay raises, the engagements, the babies. The milestones are obviously important in life, but don't let them guide you, propel you. Create your own moments & milestones each day.

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Even when traveling, some moments are mundane. You might spend the evening making mushroom tortellini & garlic bread in your London flat, then watching three episodes of Gilmore Girls on Netflix before heading to bed. Small moments matter, no matter where you are.

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Now when I make mushroom tortellini & watch Gilmore Girls at home, it makes me think of that night in our Knotting Hill neighborhood. It doesn't seem like such a minuscule moment; it morphs into a moderately meaningful one. This practice of remembering a good, small moment helps me feel more present, especially in times of stress or anxiety. 

The next few weeks will be packed with adventure, jet lag, & going outside of my comfort zone as I visit new-to-me countries & cities. I leave on Sunday. Right now I'm running around trying to do everything I need to complete before take off. Did I pack my underwear? Do I have a phone charger? Wait, where is my passport?!

What are you looking forward to? How do you make small moments matter? :]

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  1. Wow that is amazing you were able to visit so many countries. We went to Barcelona last fall and loved that city. We didn't go to Berlin (just Munich), but would have loved to visit more cities in Germany as well. I love traveling and experiencing new things and small moments like you said. xoxo, Christine

  2. I have always wanted to visit Barcelona! I went to Berlin a few years ago and at first, I was like.. this isn't very pretty. BUT! Once I started to explore and went on some tours, the history was absolutely fascinating. And I LOVED the Berlin experience. Enjoy your amazing vacation!


  3. Great article! I have to buy a ticket for Vancouver so I'm going to use your tips!


  4. That sounds amazing. I hope you have a great trip!

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  5. What a gorgeous look babe!

    x Lisa |

  6. this is a nice post, well written with great words. Life is great and small moments matter.
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  7. Kay (shoesandglitter)October 24, 2018 at 5:04 AM

    Loving this outfit, giving me such autumn vibes! Hope you have a lovely trip and lots of awesome adventures, hun. <3 xoxo


  8. Thank you! All about the autumn vibes when I can get them. :]

  9. Thanks Lisa. Hope you're having a great autumn. :]

  10. That's so interesting to hear! I love hearing about other people's travel experience. What was your favorite thing about Berlin? I enjoyed Barcelona because there's so much to do/see outside & the weather is amazing!! Berlin was quite cold in autumn & as you mentioned, quite historic! :]

  11. Travel is a big priority for me in this time in my life, it wasn't always. I enjoy seeing how someone else lives or eats. It helps me get out of my own head! Any trips planned for 2019? :]

  12. Such exciting times ahead for you! I hope you'll blog about your travels. But you're absolutely right, it's all about the little moments, not only the big things you plan and look forward to! :)

    Julia x
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