My Life, photojournalism

For the LOVE of Wanderlust

♥For the LOVE of Wanderlust♥

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This past weekend I attended my first Wanderlust event in Chicago. It was the most inspiring and self-empowering health and fitness event I have ever been too. To be surrounded by 3,000 people who share the same passion for self-love and personal growth was truly remarkable.

If you are unfamiliar with Wanderlust, it a company that motivates each and every one of us to reach our full potential through events and experiences. When one exposes themselves to the magic that Wanderlust offers, transformation begins in the mind, body, and soul. It is an eye opening and rewarding experience.

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The festival I took part in was called Wanderlust 108, which partners with Adidas and No Kid Hungry. It is called “108” because $1.08 of every ticket sold gets donated to help end child hunger. Wanderlust 108 events happen all over the world at various destination sites. Wanderlust 108 Chicago took place at the beautiful Grant Park in the heart of Downtown. We had perfect weather for the event; sunny, warm, and a view of Lake Michigan.

Wanderlust 108 is considered the world’s only mindful triathlon featuring a 5k, a 90-minute yoga session, and a 30-minute mediation. It is not some race where you show up, do your thing, and leave. From the moment, you enter the festival grounds you are connected to those around you, grounded in the moment, and filled with a sense of love and joy

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Wanderlust provides an opportunity to form new friendships and create new connections with people. It is an opportunity to engulf yourself into a community that works together to lift one another up. It is an opportunity to see and support people who are following their dreams and crushing their goals. It is so much more than just a mind-body workout.

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♥Personal Journey♥

My first Wanderlust experience has me feeling truly grateful. Grateful for who I am, what I offer to this world, and what I am capable of.  Grateful for where I am, how I got here, and where I am going.

Major gratitude for the path of life I am on!

I attended this event with one of my best friends who is currently at the same time of her life as me. We are both college students who are at a moment of transition, we both struggle with a healthy work-life balance, and we both have a fire for learning about life and the greatness that comes along with it.

Now my friend and I, we are not serious runners, we are not super flexible yogis, and we don’t mediate regularity. On the other hand, we are fortunate enough to work for a company that inspired us at our young age to explore within our ourselves and adventure through the world.

We both usually just stick to our regular schedules of work, school, and some form of physical activities. We decided to attended Wanderlust one evening while working together. We impulsively bought tickets in a moment of “my life is so boring.” Little did we know that our lives were already filled with so much that make it exciting and something to love.

Wanderlust 108 taught us that who we are and what we are doing in each of our lives is important. That we are who we are meant to be and we are loved for just being true to ourselves.

Sometimes you just have just have to jump out of your comfort zone and step into a place of interest to be guided to something greater.

That is what I feel liked happened to me.

Wanderlust 108 has inspired me to keep expanding my knowledge; to keep growing in every aspect of my life. To learn to accept the moment I am in and to work towards where I want to be.

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♥Photos & Fun♥

To try to explain everything Wanderlust has to offer wouldn’t do it justice. So, I decided to take a bunch of photos to share with a little explanation just to give you a little insight on all the magic it has to offer.

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The Entrance to the festival. No better way to be welcomed than with the city in the background.
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When I got my race gear!! Super pumped. It included a bandana, a ticket to check my bag to keep my things safe, and a ticket for a WanderBowl for lunch! It was vegan friendly that fueled me and filled me up. 
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This is my friend and I post run and before yoga. #Wanderlust108 #Cometogether #Wanderlust2017 #AdidasWanderlust
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The woman who painted this is on a mission to paint 10,000 buddha paintings throughout the world. Check out her work through the hashtag #10000buddhas on instagram!
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Centering my thoughts before I begin my practice. My outfit features: lululemon, spiritual gangster, boho band, and of course I accessorize with my fitbit and swell water bottle. 
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Snapchat selfie after we got our warrior face paint on.
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My favorite, Kombucha. I swear by this stuff. Fermented tea that is 100% raw and organic, vegan, and gluten-free. Kombucha nourishes the body, delights your taste buds, bolsters your immunity, and makes your spirits fly.

 

Here are a few more photos I took during the event. They include some of the awesome vendors, views, and fun activities offered once you complete the triathlon. (and of course my beautiful friend who I appreciate so dearly!)

Find what inspires you and pursue it.

Don’t ever hold back.

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Click the link below to visit the Wanderlust website for yourself and join the experience that will change your life!

Wanderlust Website

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-Kasey Elizabeth-

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