FEED ME FRIENDS is an exciting new series of interviews coming alive in 2014, whereby I have the opportunity to share the stories of like-minded souls who inspire the socks off of me! I´m incredibly proud to open the series with an interview that had me grinning from ear to ear as soon as I read it. Andra and Richey are an inspiring duo that took the leap into the unknown, leaving their daily routine to wholeheartedly dive into a passionate life of travel, whilst at the same time inspiring thousands of followers with their dreamy potos and words of wisdom to create the life of their dreams. Meet Andra and Richey...
Tell us a little about your story?
We are a couple from Toronto, Canada that decided to put our happiness above anything else and live the life we have always dreamed of! Growing up everyone always emphasized the importance of starting a career so we can buy a house and start a family. Not knowing any better, after university we both jumped into corporate jobs and began passively living life as we thought we should. In the midst of our mundane routines, we began feeling like there could be so much more to life. It was very clear that something more meaningful was missing.
Both of us have always been extremely passionate about travelling. We got goosebumps just thinking about visiting foreign cities, eating cuisines from all over the world and meeting wonderful people from all walks of life. Last July, we packed up all of our essentials into two backpacks and set off to travel the world. So far we’ve travelled to 7 countries and it’s been an incredible journey!
What feeds you on a daily basis?
Following our gut, intuition, bliss – whatever you want to call it! We feel our best when we are doing things that are consistent with what makes our hearts flutter. We love exploring new places. We love trying new things. We love talking to inspiring, humble people. We love knowing that as long as we live a life that is authentic to ourselves, everything else that we need in life will follow.
How do you keep healthy whilst travelling?
Walking, exploring and travelling go hand in hand! We found that simply by walking we lost weight and got in tip-top shape over the past few months!
+ Fruits and veggies
While travelling it’s been difficult to find our usual super foods that we eat at home but we made up for it by indulging in the local fruits and vegetables that we found in the different countries we visited. For instance, we couldn’t get enough of mangos, pineapple, passion fruit, morning glory and green beans while we were in South East Asia!
+ A little yoga goes a long way
On the beach, on the grass, in our hotel rooms – wherever! We also spent a lot of time in Ubud, Bali where we got to embrace the yoga culture at its best. We found an amazing yoga compound called Yoga Barn where we spent countless hours taking yoga and meditation classes with teachers from all over the world. It was a fantastic experience!
What are your staple must-haves on the road - what can't you live without?
Richey: Sunscreen, a hat and most importantly my comfortable flip-flops! I have a pair of Sanuk flip-flops that are made from the same material as a yoga mat and I don’t think I can ever wear any other kind!
Andra: I’ll be honest, I don’t have any major must-haves on the road… After spending so much time travelling I’ve gotten detached to a lot of my things and find that these days I need less and less. If I had to pick something I would say wifi to stay connected and a sarong to use as a wrap/beach towel.
Can you tell us about a time on your trip when you felt absolute joy and/or a great sense of achievement?
Richey: I worked up the courage to get my Open Water Diver’s license. I had a tremendous fear of the ocean and depth. To me the idea of being submerged into great depths under water while solely relying on an oxygen tank freaked me out! But I knew I had to conquer this fear of mine and once I did I felt a great weight lifted off my shoulders. Now, I can’t get enough of it!
Andra: A particular moment that I felt absolute bliss was while we were on a small island called Gili Air in Indonesia sitting in a cabana overlooking the most incredible blue water I have ever seen. An overwhelming feeling of joy came over me just for being able to experience the beauty that our world has to offer. I reflected back on all the decisions Richey and I have made to get us to where we were in that moment and I was so proud to know that we are truly living life exactly how we want.
What inspires you to do what you do?
To be honest – the fear of missing out! Sometimes we think about what it would be like to look back at our life 50+ years from now. We think of the stories we will one day tell our kids. We want our memories to be filled with adventure, portraying the passion we have for life. We want to look back with tears and joy and say to each other: “Wow, what a beautiful life we’ve created!”
Do you have any tips for others aspiring to travel the world and live their dream?
We’re big fans of the law of attraction, so our number one tip is: focus on “why” you want to travel and not “how” you will do it.
When you focus on how you will save money, quit your job and pick up and leave, it’s always daunting. The how is usually what stops anyone from pursuing their dreams. These feelings of needing to figure everything out all at once will only bring about overwhelming feelings, sending out negative vibrations into the universe. This, in turn, just causes you to be filled with more fear and overwhelming feelings.
Instead, focus your energy on why you want to travel. It is probably because it would make you really damn happy! Thinking about why will cause passion to exude from you, sending out positive wonderful vibes into the universe, which will in turn start creating pockets of opportunities that will get you closer to your goal.
This positive state of mind will naturally allow you to also be more welcoming to unique ideas of saving money, cutting costs and new solutions to any reasons that are currently “holding you back” from leaving home.
What can we expect to see from Love Andrich in the future?
Inspiring others, inspires us! That said, we are working on launching a new website that will focus on inspiring people to live out the life of their dreams. This will include blog posts, more awesome photos and even videos! We’re excited for 2014!
Whatever your dream is - perhaps to travel around the world like Andra and Richey, become a healthier you, or finally follow that career path you have always been passionate about - Love Andrich fills you to the brim with motivation and inspiration to follow your heart and see that dream come to life. Connect with them below via Twitter and Facebook, and be sure to check out their incredible photos on Instagram.
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