“Life is too short to be bogged down by perfection. Exploring gives you the permission to make mistakes, to trial and error.”–Lynette
When you were in college, what did you think your life would look like after graduation?
The only thing I really knew about my life after college was that I did not want to go directly into the workforce. I desperately wanted to travel and get out into the world first.
So I decided to do what is called the World Race. Basically, I traveled for 11 months and visited a different country every month. It was a “missions trip” but now I prefer to call it an exposure trip. It was a great way to gain life experience, be exposed to different cultures and people groups, and learn how to adapt and adjust in a new context.
My time on “the race” was irreplaceable. I, of course, also desired to get married at some point but at the cusp of my college graduation that seemed much, much further in the future.
Is that what happened after college, and if not, what did happen?
Yes, I was able to travel for a year, which is exactly what I wanted to do. I probably went to about 15 different countries! Then when I got home I started to date my now husband. We have a two-year-old now as well. So much has happened in such a short time.
What are you learning right now?
To be honest, I really didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted my life or career to look like post world race. I feel I know myself better than I ever have, and that’s been a real catalyst in exploring different life goals, passion projects, and career paths. I’m a bit of a late bloomer.
What do you love about your life right now?
There’s so much I love about my life right now. I love parenting my two-year-old even though some days are really hard. I love the job I have; it has pretty flexible hours so I’m able to be present with my family at home even though I work full time. I love that I have the time and ability to also work on some passion projects like my YouTube channel. I also just celebrated four years of marriage to my best friend, so that’s exciting!
Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?
My process was less of a process and more of a journey. About a month after I got married I started to experience some pretty intense health problems. What would normally be the best honeymoon phase of your relationship was instead extremely difficult and trying time.
We’d later come to find out I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). This diagnosis, as well as some other health issues I’ve had recently, has been the catalyst of all my growth and lifestyle changes I’ve made in the last four years. It’s what propelled me to completely overhaul my life; it’s honestly changed everything about how I live.
What brings you joy/fills your soul?
So many things. I love journaling, dancing, writing poems/lyrics … I really love any time that gives me the space to just create!
If a kid walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give them your best tip, what would it be?
I would say, “Don’t grow up too quickly and explore, explore, explore! Do everything in your power to expose yourself to the world, find the fractured parts of it, or find a need and then, if you can and are willing, find a way to make it better. But seriously, have so much fun in the process! Life is too short to be bogged down by perfection. Exploring gives you the permission to make mistakes, to trial and error.”
What do you wish everyone knew about sustainable living?
Sustainable and healthy living is a journey, one filled with a lot of imperfection, but it’s well worth the effort as it can make a world of difference for yourself and the world. I feel like the two go hand in hand.