The first awesome story in the How You Adult section is with Helga. She is a Hungarian gal who spent the last ten(ish) years of her life traveling around the world, finding her passion and purpose. She used to be a banker and made a decision at a very young age that this was not what she was looking for in life. With big dreams in front of her eyes and a huge permanent smile on her face she packed her bags and headed out the door. She lived in five different countries and visited even more. Helga has a fun, vibrant, and loving personality and captivates everyone she meets. I hope you will enjoy her story as much as I did. You can comment at the bottom of the page if you have any questions for her!
You are a globetrotter, where is home for you?
Home is where your heart is! Literally… I could not pick a place to call home, because I was born in Transylvania, I grew up in Hungary, but I lived in the US, Germany, Thailand and volunteered in Kenya. All of these places hold a special part in my heart and at the time they all meant ‘home’ to me. I’ll never forget when I finished my volunteering experience in Kenya, Africa and the Sister told me, I can come back anytime because it will always be “my second home” and I realized Kenya was the 5th place, I could call home…
What do you do for living? What drove you to do it?
I work remotely online from my laptop! This allows me to manage my own time, spend quality time with my loved ones and travel as much as I want to! That is my driving force! By the age of 24, I had a burnout while working in the banking industry and I realized my days off wouldn’t be enough to fulfill my passion for travel; I wanted to become an inspiration to my peer group and prove that it is possible to bring as much happiness, freedom and fulfillment as possible to other people.
I choose to dream wilder and bigger every day!
What is one thing that you love about traveling the most?
FREEDOM! And living in the MOMENT/PRESENT. During our lifetime so many times we forget to be present. During travel you truly experience your environment, the culture, and you are way more open-minded than you would naturally be and these things totally set me free!
How many countries have you been to? Which one is your favorite to visit?
Way too many to count! I’m gonna sit down and fill out one of those forms that calculates how much % of the world you have seen so far.
Picking my favorite is tough! It’s like asking a mother to choose their favorite baby! It’s impossible – all of them has it’s weaknesses, strengths and uniqueness. All the countries I visited are unique and I have different memories from all of them!
“Times Square is a place where I can find my inner peace”
NYC has been on the top of my list, but it’s also because I have someone special who lived there. Times Square is a place where I can find my inner peace… do not ask me why, I shock everyone with that statement! 😀 It fills me with indescribable energy and I feel all my dreams can come true! Everytime I go there, I sit down for a good half to one hour to watch the crowd, engage with the lights and to make up stories. People traveled from so many parts of the world and we are all united. We are all there experiencing the moment but most likely our paths will never cross again! It is a very interesting feeling!
Also… Thailand is a very beautiful country! It felt like living in Paradise! I ran into challenges there as well, but nothing compares to living only one hour away from one of the most peaceful beaches ever! It is called Khanom Beach – if you ever visit the Southern part of Thailand, you should not skip that place. But Koh Phi Phi, and other islands or the National Parks will also leave you speechless!!
And my list could go on! I touch some of my experiences in my recently released E-Book though and I plan on writing an even more comprehensive version in the next 2 to 3 years.
You recently made a huge life change. You quit your job in Hungary, packed up your suitcase and bought a one way ticket to Singapore. That must have been a pretty tough decision. What made you do it?
Actually a vacation! 😀 What a surprise, right?! My boyfriend and I went to Greece to celebrate my 30th birthday and spend some quality time together! We had an incredible time in Santorini, Mykonos and Athens. The day after I returned to Hungary and went to work and I got so depressed, and questioned myself “What am I doing here?” “What is keeping me here?” And the answer was “NOTHING”. I felt so empty inside, wasting my time living the 9-5 lifestyle again! So I jumped on a call with my boyfriend and asked what if I was about to quit my job and finally move in together after being in a long distance relationship for over two years?! His response was super encouraging and supporting so I knew what to do right away.
There must have been people who told you NOT to do it. Did you ever lose confidence? What kept you going?
Oh yeah… absolutely! Actually I did not even tell my parents or noone else for a while! I wanted to build the confidence within myself first and make sure it is the right thing to do! So I waited about two weeks to “break the news” to friends and family. Surprisingly this time everyone was more understanding and supportive than anytime before! Certainly they worried and questioned my decision at first, but a few days later they understood where I was coming from and the reason behind my decision. My parents could tell I wasn’t happy living in a cubicle and something had to be changed! To be honest, it felt overwhelming at times but I kept my focus on the move and on achieving my business goals!
When you feel lost, what helps you to get back on the right path?
My inner peace! The confidence I built over the years, that everything happens for a reason, what does not kill you makes you stronger – I learned that at a very young age by 21!
I have a strong belief that everything happens when it is really the right timing and we are ready for it – everything falls into the right place and we see clearer! I also read a lot of books that fulfill my desire to learn more about the world we live in, I listen to podcasts on personal development, motivational speeches, TED talks etc. I also surround myself with people that are on the same path, similar mindset – so anytime I felt lost, I even cried and they reminded me why I got started at a first place 🙂
What is your favorite podcast to listen to?
My favorite podcasts are on Blinkist! You can find pretty awesome topics in the app!
My all time favorite Ted Talks along with other 33M individuals haha are
And book recommendations?
Currently the book I am reading (and highly recommend to anybody else) is Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant: Option B, which is a new book about facing adversity, building resilience, and finding joy!
Another one that is on my list is Eckhart Tolle: The Power of Now– I heard pretty great things about this book as well! I am positive it is pretty valuable!
What is one piece of advice you would give your past self?
Do not postpone things and take massive, massive action!
Where do you draw inspiration from?
Instagram, Books, Youtube videos and from my Mentors – people that already achieved where I want to be in life!
Who is your role model?
Looking at the big picture, Melinda & Bill Gates always inspire me with their philanthropic activities. Alicia Keys and certain singers that are making a huge impact with their songs/lyrics, movements on a daily manner and some leaders within the company I am cooperated with who achieved financial and time freedom.
What question would you like the next person to answer?
How is your daily routine look like?
You can find Helga on these following social media channels or DOWNLOAD her ebook on this link (link only works without www ): ebook.onehungariangirl.com
Facebook Closed Group: ‘Log into Freedom’ for people with the same interest in traveling & living life at their fullest https://www.facebook.com/groups/onehungariangirl/
If you have any questions for Helga, don’t forget to type them below in the comment section!
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