Lost Girl of the Week: Lara Miller

Lost Girl of the Week — By on September 28, 2011 at 6:00 am

This week’s Lost Girl, Lara Miller, encourages all LGs out there to ban all excuses and go after their dreams, no matter what they are.

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Lara MillerI did everything I was supposed to do.  I worked for my career and succeeded at it.  I lived the high life, mingling with celebrities and coat-tailing VIP treatment, surrounded by people that loved me and respected the work I did.

I owned a public relations company in Las Vegas, gradually landing clients in Time Magazine,  Men’s Health, and on several national talk shows.  I made contacts within the media and became friends with the majority of them.  I fullfilled what every publicist dreams of doing.  I truly loved my life and yet, there was a fire burning deep within me, and it had been there for as long as I can remember.  It got to the point where that fire could no longer be surpressed and it grew into full on flames. It began to encompass every thought I had.  It was time to move, to change, and to experience something new.

I sold everything I owned, except for what I can carry on my back. I partnered with an amazing company to make sure my clients were taken care of. And just like that, the details had been worked out.

I guess more than anything, I  came to the realization that there was nothing more that I wanted within material realm. I didn’t want a house, I didn’t want a nicer car, and I certainly didn’t want more clothes. What I wanted was adventure, but more than that, I wanted to be thrown out of my little secure world I had created and forced to LIVE.

I wasn’t sad to leave behind most of my life, but for the people that blessed me with their amazing ability to love me unconditionally.  I will never ever forget what I  built with them. There are so many other people that have made up the fabric of my adult life and they are the ones that saw the best in me when everyone else only saw the worst.  A friend told me that just because I left, doesn’t mean that it’s over with those people. I  carry those words with me whereever I go and when I am alone on the other side of everything I have ever  known, I remember that.

I am currently in Southeast Asia, blazing my own trail across the world.  I have met tiny children in India that made me cry,  I drank with the Irish, swam with Italians in Speedos, laughed with lady boys, and made my own plum preserves from fruit I had picked that morning  I sleep in crowded dorms, get bitten by bed bugs, walk until I feel like my feet are going to fall off, and sometimes don’t shower for days.   Everyday I wake up and know how very blessed I am to be living my dream. I am a Lost Girl and wear that label with pride.

What is your personal dream? You don’t need money, it’s not about that. I know a guy who traveled the coast of Mexico in search of waves with a $500 car, a tent, his dog, and $300 in the bank. He was doing what he had to do to stay alive mentally and spiritually.

It’s not about what you have in making your own personal dreams come true, its about strength of character, commitment, and the knowledge that only you can make your life. No one else can or should be responsible for you. Not your parents, family, friends, or bosses. Should you up and leave  your job, your house, and your life to make the move?  Well, if you are already considering it, then it will happen eventually, so why not NOW?  What I do know it that there is truly nothing to fear if you are being authentic to yourself. That authenticity will get you through the lonely times, it will feed you and clothe you. Within it lives the knowledge that your fear has been discarded and your dreams are right at your fingertips, changing and growing with you along the sometimes potholed but gloriously winding road of life. The time is now people. Go for it.

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  • Sana says:

    The dream is alive! 🙂 Happy travelling and here’s to many more such moments when you’re repeatedly reminded of how incredible this world truly is.

  • carol durante says:

    I am a lost girl too, but I don’t know where to go, besides, I have kids and I would worry about them. Not to mention my grandchildren. They all need me.