Kick-Start Your Escape

By Jane Mountain | January 21, 2015

So you followed our bicycle trip faithfully. Maybe not every day, but enough to remember the triumphs and the drastic failures. Maybe you even lived vicariously through us, while sitting in your humdrum cube at your humdrum job, imagining how great it would be to have a little more beating-drum and a little less ho-hum in your life.

And then we came home, stopped blogging, and started to sink into our own humdrum realities. Well, at least I did.

(Stephen is an international man of yoga mystery, so he’s a little less boring than me.)

As our whole trip started to seem more and more like a fairytale to us, so did your dreams of escaping on a crazy adventure of your own.

Who were you kidding, anyway? You could never do anything like that. It’s too much work, it’s too much money, it’s too scary…

What the hell?!?

There’s no excuse for that kind of thinking.

You told us we inspired you! You told us we motivated you! You told us you were going to get out there and do it!

And now look at you.



So here’s a kick up the tail, for those of you who really want it.

(I know some of you are not into the whole idea of adventure – too many bad hair days involved).

What are doing, right now, to make your own adventures a reality?

Nothing? Yup, that’s what I thought. I know that feeling intimately, because right now I am stuck, too. I am stuck trying to make my new dream a reality.

Possible reasons why we are stuck.

  1. We are lazy good-for-nothings.
  2. We are scattered and unfocussed, working on too many projects at once.
  3. We don’t know what it is we really want anyway.
  4. We are terrified of making an effort, any effort, in case it fails.
  5. We are so focussed on the big goal, we can’t see the tiny steps that are right in front of us.
  6. Waaaaah, it is too hard and I want to watch TV!

Number 1 is just a big fat lie we all tell ourselves. We hide behind laziness to pretend the other problems don’t exist.

I was gonna do that, but I just didn’t feel like it.

It sounds so much better than “I was gonna do that, but I was too scared.”

Seven reasons why you are feeling stuck and what to do about it so you can get on with living your dreams.

For me, today, number 3 is my greatest obstacle. There are so many interesting avenues to explore. Two roads diverged in a wood? More like 17!

The paradox of choice is at work here. There are so many opportunities, I am paralyzed.

(There are worse problems, but it’s still a problem.)

So today, (or this week at the very least), let’s all pick an avenue, let’s decide which road looks the most enticing. Once we know which direction we’re heading, it will be so much easier to take the first step.  

Hi, I’m Jane, founder and chief blogger on My Five Acres. I’ve lived in six countries and have camped, biked, trekked, kayaked, and explored in 50! At My Five Acres, our mission is to inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.


  1. Comment by Kimberly

    Kimberly Reply January 22, 2015 at 6:03 am

    I neglected to mention in my previous rambling comment that we did take a leap of faith in May and start a new small values-based business (in addition to our crazy day jobs) that has really taken off. Seriously, our little handcrafted soap company might just be the opportunity that is staring us in the eye but we aren’t fully realizing the true potential. I might need to go back and review our own list of “excuses.” Thanks again for the continued inspiration!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane January 22, 2015 at 2:47 pm

      That is terrific and your soaps look scrumptious! I wish the internet had smell-o-vision, but your photos are gorgeous enough to make up for it. People of M5A, go treat yourself to Kimberley’s soaps:

  2. Comment by Kimberly

    Kimberly Reply January 22, 2015 at 5:24 am

    Jane – thank you so much for this post! While I’ve never met you or Stephen, I have followed the various iterations of your blog and then ultimately the daily posts from your global trek. Your journal captured your adventurous spirit and dedication to keep pedaling into every fork, bend, up/down hill, city, desolate country, and muddy situation, and it truly buoyed my own adventurous steps into several new avenues. However, I think I need a support group to help ease me through the loss of daily journal posts! I had my family and co-workers tuned in to your almost daily posts and we’d talk about “where in the world are Jane and Stephen today and what kind of adventure or scrap have they gotten themselves into.” Seriously, your journey and journal opened the world to many people and impacted their sense of their place and purpose in this world in ways that I don’t think you’ll ever fully realize. My partner and I are now at a very similar crossroad in life, where we feel that we’ve maximized the impacts of our current jobs within the agencies that employ us (art teacher and local food system planner) and are talking about taking a leap and using our knowledge and passion in new ways that can have more meaningful impacts or transformation for those around us. We’ve planned big, but right now have only acted small. We just said last night to someone that our biggest challenge is that we get in the way of our own selves – that our next opportunity or purpose has probably already presented itself to us but we are so wrapped up with our daily chaos, that we probably aren’t aware of it yet. So we’ve committed to more meditation, more contemplative repose (and yoga), and more open eyes/ears/heart/soul to see what might already be seeing us. In the meantime, onward with our daily jobs and dreams of adventure! Good luck and wishes with yours! Namaste.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane January 22, 2015 at 2:50 pm

      OK, tearing up… thank you so much. Also, “Plan big and act small” should be stamped on my forehead right now. It’s definitely the way forward, as long as the small acts continue in a certain direction.

  3. Comment by Geoff

    Geoff Reply January 22, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Great post, Jane, ‘tho I don’t believe for a moment that you’ll linger in the doldrums for very long. You and Stephen inspired us with your tales and your courage – it’s just a case of making the next decision and going with it. (Iran and I are off to the Philippines next week – I’m determined to do some snorkelling and check out the rice paddies.). Be happy!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane January 22, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      Oooh, enjoy the Philippines and maybe send us some pictures? And thanks for the words of encouragement. I am definitely a do-er, but sometimes I feel stuck in the mud.

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