JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Things I’ve learned….

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On the eve (well, now it’s technically the morning) of making probably the biggest trip of my life so far, I thought I’d ruminate on some of the things I’ve been thinking about lately…. mostly, the things I’ve learned along my life journey so far. Not only am I going on this big adventure in Europe, but my personal life has gone through SO many changes in the last half year, resulting in a totally new life for me!

These are just a few thoughts and observations – some of which I’ve heard from others and I really like them, and others are my own random babbles, but I thought I’d share them….

– Life is now, so live it now; and don’t put off things you want to do until some non-existent date in the future. If you put it off, you’ll never do it.

– We can’t always control what happens to us, but we CAN control how we react to it. (This is something I’m always trying to work on – haha! But it’s SO true!)

– Take chances. Life will be boring and full of regret if you don’t.

– All things really worth it in life require work to get them.

– In both life and matters of the heart, it’s always better to just put yourself out there and risk failing or getting hurt – because if you don’t try, you might miss out on something AMAZING!

– If there’s a big problem in a relationship before marriage, it will NOT go away once you’re married!

– The Golden Rule. Seriously – let’s just all be nice to each other!

– Don’t get married just because you think you’re supposed to.

– Everything happens for a reason.

– Sometimes it’ll feel like life really sucks. But we’ll get through it, and be all the stronger for having done so!

– Be thankful for friends and family every day. They will be there for you during those times when you just can’t get through the rough stuff alone.

– Find people who like and love you for who you are! Stay true to yourself.

– After a certain age, we all have baggage, so let’s just acknowledge that and move along.

– No one’s perfect, so don’t expect it from yourself or others.

– If happiness knocks at your door, don’t hide in the other room!

– We can all handle more than we think we can. And we are all stronger than we think we are.

– When life throws you a new challenge, rise to the occasion!

– Never quell your inner child.

– Don’t be ashamed of your confidence once you finally find it. (It took me a LONG time to find mine…and I’m going to wear it proudly.)

– Leave your comfort zone. Just do it. ‘Cause that’s where all kinds of awesome things happen!

– As my grandmother would say: “Jenny, when someone offers you money, you take it!”

– If singing were easy, then everyone could do it!

– Music makes the world a better place.

– If you make a mistake, own up to it.

– Try not to take everything so personally.

– Embrace your quirkiness!

– Something as simple as a kind word can really make someone’s day.

– Don’t ever stop dreaming.

So those are some that are coming to my mind right now, but feel free to add your own in the comments!



Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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