Wake up Jinna, you’re in Iceland.

April 17, 2014 | 25 SHARES

The feeling of starting this journey and the processing of all of the emotions that come with leaving my apartment, job, friends and family back home in the states to backpack Europe for a month was delayed until I realized I was sitting in a seat on Iceland Air and landing at Keflavik International Airport.

WAKE UP JINNA, YOU’RE IN ICELAND.

Flying Iceland Air

Leaving for Iceland in mid-April couldn’t have worked out better in terms of mid-air comfort. The plane was on-time, the flight took less than its intended five hours and I saw more empty seats than filled ones. Unfortunately, I didn’t spot them fast enough due to me being stuck in the middle (Tineey got lucky with the window seat – P.S. she’s tagging along with me during this entire trip). I also had the pleasure of sitting next to an older man who probably didn’t notice how pungent he smelled. Lucky for me, New York City has taught me to get used to breathe with my mouth open.

Even luckier for me, he happened to realize that empty seats meant he could sit somewhere else and not next to two chatty Asian-American girls. He moved. I started breathing with my nose again.

Flying Iceland Air
Keflavik International Airport Iceland

So now we’ve got one extra seat, an endless selection of movies (including The Hobbit, what!) and way too much to talk about. I should have slept during that flight since we arrived in Keflavik Airport at 5:40 AM, and we weren’t scheduled to start our first day until around 9 AM.

Keflavik  International Iceland Airport

Keflavik Airport is modern, with clean lines, cool architecture and one thing that makes it better than any other airport that I’ve been to (feel free to remind me that I’m a complete travel noob) – it has free wifi.

We parked that carry-on suitcase and my massive > 10Kg backpack, and tried out some Icelandic Airport breakfast. Is beer for breakfast a thing out here? Not sure, but I saw more than 4 people drinking bottled beers at 6 AM. I went straight for the coffee.

We were also definitely confused about the ISK currency (Tineey more than me since she got stuck paying almost $21 for what she didn’t realize was an all-you-can-plate breakfast) – I ended up downloading a currency converter app on the spot to help with budgeting. Found one of the many empty tables with outlets, got out our currency converters and electronics and killed some time on the internet before heading out to explore.

Iceland Air Keflavik Airport
Keflavik International Airport Iceland Free Wifi

Two purchased tour tickets later, we headed out to hop on the bus taking us to one of the most magical spas in the world. That’s coming next.

Keflavik Airport Iceland Air

But before you go, wherever you’re reading from, whatever you’re doing in your life to find happiness, and whoever it is that you are, remember this:

“TRAVEL IS THE ONLY THING YOU BUY THAT MAKES YOU RICHER.”

Can’t wait to take you guys on this journey with me! P.S. sneak peeks are on my instagram: @greaseandglamour.

xx,
Jinna



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  • chauda

    Awesome! I don’t know how you were able to snap these shots! I’m sure people walking behind were like why is she stopping to take pics of the isles lol

  • http://www.jaimip.com jaimip

    I came across your blog from a post on Buzzfeed and was really inspired by the reasons you decided to take this journey.

    I hope you were able to achieve everything you wanted and more from this worldly trip!

    http://www.jaimip.com




@GREASEANDGLAMOUR ON INSTAGRAM | 14351 FOLLOWERS

Every so often the what if's get to me and I get completely overwhelmed by my decision to give up complacent security to follow my dreams. I traded in that security for the unknown, being scared sh-tless some days, feeling doubtful and sometimes a hint of regret when times get tough. Then I wake up the next morning and remember to be grateful for the opportunity to survive by doing what I love. I'd rather be crying once a month as a side effect of the most courageous decision I've ever made than be crying every single day because I'm miserable and too scared to leave my comfort zone.

If you're not living a life where every once in a while you get scared sh-tless by what COULD happen, you'll never create meaningful, positive change for your future. Great things never came from comfort zones. So get a little dirty, grow some b-lls, take a look in the mirror, remind yourself of how magnificent you are and get back to work. I believe in you.

With love, from #Provence.?
Don't hope for the best. Hope for peace of mind, understanding and that one day you'll wake up knowing your purpose in this world. The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.

With love, from #Provence. ?
Change doesn't come for the complacent. ?
I came to New York City four years ago chasing things that other people pretended to have. It took me four years to realize that these things do not fulfill you. Life flipped me upside down, broke me and shaped me from a girl with a dream to a woman humbled with a purpose. 
I'm no longer worried about what the next girl's got. I'm grateful for the food in my mouth, the roof over my head, the clothes on my own back, a selfless family, and the opportunity to work towards a dream worth waking up for. 
Stop shifting your priorities based on what you think looks good on other people. Live (and work your a-s off) with purpose - the one created just for you. ?
One of my favorite parts about #NYC - brunch. :) ?
Invest your fears, leave your comfort zone, allow yourself to be scared sh-tless, dedicate your all to what it is that you want, and refuse to look back. 
Taking a risk may be the only thing you need to get closer to success.

With love, from #Paris. ?
I hope you know that I can relate to exactly what you are going through, how terrifying it is to lose someone who meant so much to you, how badly you want to be able to live your dream, how frustrating it is to be overlooked despite your hard work, and that the pain you've tried to become numb to will never truly go away. I also hope you know how strong you are, how capable you've become, and how your courage is inspiring not only to me, but others all around the world.

I hope to become living proof that hard work, persistence, practice and ambition is enough in a world that prioritizes physical beauty, old money, sex and so-called connections. Because of your struggles, because you are the underdog, you will appreciate more, hustle harder, stay focused and be motivated by much more meaningful things. Don't ever give up on yourself. ?
A question I always struggled with was When is it going to be my turn? I'd watch people who appeared to be less talented, work half as hard, born from bigger means, climb up the ladder to become more successful than me, and I'd scramble around trying to figure out why. I put in more time. I taught myself things that they paid someone to do. I've slept 3 hours a night for the past year. Then I realized that you have to stop comparing yourself to others, but most importantly stop giving yourself the short end of the stick. Believe that everything you've been through - all the hard work, blood, sweat, tears you've invested in your future is worth more than you think. There is a path and purpose for everyone, so stop comparing yours to someone else's. This isn't a race. 
You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment you will ever make.

With love sailing the Adriatic Sea, Jinna. ?
Create a life you don't need a vacation from.
Confidence comes with practice. How can you expect to prove to others of your abilities if you haven't even proven them to yourself? Hard work always pays off. So keep pushing. ?

Inspired by @soleserum | With love from #nyc, Jinna.
There's something wrong with your character if opportunity determines your loyalty.
Great things never come from comfort zones. Inspired by @soleserum | photo by @i.am.codi


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