Duchess Digest: Serendipity

travelserendipityAs I sit under the cloudy gray, blue skies of England’s beautiful Cotswold region I can not help but wonder about the idea of serendipity; the occurrence of fortunate discoveries by accident. It’s a pretty powerful thing. How many times have you stumbled across an amazing restaurant that soon became your favorite simply because you were so hungry and a little off course that you were forced to find a wonderful new place? How many times have you been lost on the way to an intended destination, only to have the occasion to travel through the same part of town a few days later and because of your previous wandering, you then knew your way around?

I have, quite serendipitously, stumbled across some kind of bliss I had previously thought unimaginable. I have found a kind of contentment in my own life, with myself, with my writing career and with my city of choice, and would you believe that at the same time I seem to have settled into myself, I have met someone. And it seems it’s not a phenomenon unique to me. Everywhere I look lately, both before this trip, during it and now heading home from it; life is amazing. My girlfriends seem to be contently partnered with careers they are passionately pursing and also with men that are amazing matches. Coming to England and catching up with my girlfriends here, the same seems to be true. During the catch ups over dinner, drinks and strolls through the beautiful streets of Cheltenham, women seem to be finding and balancing “having it all.”

I find all the beauty and contentment of my American and English girlfriends both inspiring and encouraging. Can we really have it all? Are there cases of serendipity occurring all over the planet? I have always believed in the idea that if you can believe it; you can be it. Our ladies of the UK seem to be backing this up – running their businesses, managing their households and enjoying their romances in much the same (if a more heavily bundled up against the elements) fashion as the women of Los Angeles.

It just goes to show that life is what you make of it. When you embrace happy discoveries, which are only made possible by daring to take risks and go on adventures, life can be a truly beautiful thing. No matter what continent you live on.

–Jill Brown

Jill Brown is a Los Angeles, California-based life coach and writer. She earned her Bachelors in Humanities and Sociology from USU and is a member of the National Association for Conflict Resolution and the Ladies Who Launch Network. She is the founder of “The Duchess Guide” a website dedicated to helping women become their most fabulous and unique selves. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, traveler and health nut. When she isn’t writing or working on Duchess, Jill loves spending all her free time with her Labrador – Betty. For more on The Duchess Guide or Jill visit: www.theduchessguide.com


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