by Austin

October 27, 2010

Oct. 26, 2010

Total Distance for today: 0
Total Distance for Trip: approx. 233 miles
STATUS: in Baltimore, arranging opportunities ahead

Just in case you haven’t been following too closely lately, I’m still in Baltimore, planning ahead for the speaking tour. I just spoke with someone tonight that will likely be able to get me in to speak at a school in Baltimore! I’m Couch Surfing tonight with my new friends Max, Maya, and Joanna, and they were so excited about my journey that they invited some friends over to meet me. We ate to our hearts’ content, and generally talked about the wonders of travel… and saving the world!

After dinner, I was speaking to one of their friends, Kaitlyn, who works in the school system here in Baltimore. She is a part of an organization called Americorps Vista, which organizes programs to help the youth in poverty-stricken neighborhoods in Baltimore. She was inspired by the message, and I will be talking to her tomorrow about the possibility of speaking to Baltimore students.

That brings me to my main point: Kaitlyn had mentioned her position within the school system, and I immediately had a thought: I thought, “I should ask her if she has any connections and could help me to land a speaking opportunity in Baltimore. It was a decision point: be bold and go for it, or take the easier route by not asking. Life is full of moments like that, and what you do with those key decision points will ultimately decide the level to which you can achieve great things. Hard work, persistence, and an open mind can lead you to countless doors of opportunity, but it is up to you to take that step through the door. I asked Kaitlyn for the opportunity.

Kaitlyn was more than happy to help, which shows the power of boldly asking for what you need. I want to make a bold statement now: I will speak to those kids, and I will inspire them to take ownership of their own destinies and pursue big dreams with passion and courage. I’m setting the intention now, and it will happen. I encourage you in your own life to walk through the doors that your hard work leads you to. I also encourage to have the moral courage to set great intentions. Make statements into the universe, and if you truly commit to your intentions, you will be amazed by what you can achieve.

BTW: Here’s a random pic of me rocking out at my Couch Surfing hosts’ house in northern Baltimore. I know: I probably need to shave!
Couch Surfing in northern Baltimore


About the author 


From a 3412 mile inline skate across America for Freedom to a pilgrimage halfway around the world, speaker and life coach, Austin Szelkowski has lived an intrepid spiritual journey. Over the last 11 years, he has skated across a continent, built 3 successful businesses, been enlightened by a mind-bending spiritual awakening, and endured a terrifying dark night of the soul journey in 2017. His story brings courage in the darkest places – providing a sense of spiritual adventure and hope.

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