Episode 19

Published on:

27th Apr 2020

Visualizing the process it takes to get around the world with Angela Ballard

What had at first started as just a big trip slowly -- drip by drip -- got bigger and bigger until it snowballed into a six-continent trip. 

How did that trip turn into all seven? Angela tells us how it works for them.

When you start to learn that people are pretty much the same wherever you go, then you’ve probably been a lot of places. You may come to the same conclusion by going nowhere, but it’s a completely different mindset when you’ve been to every continent and lived with people all over the planet. 

How did a couple without big personal wealth hold down their day jobs, armed with only curiosity and a desire to educate their boys first hand, crack the code and begin traveling the world? Angela Ballard tells us about her many adventures and her many day jobs, including how she visualized what she wanted in her life.  

She also touches on habits, vocational versatility, creative visualization, what it’s like guiding undergraduates to find some direction upon graduation, and how to live in a meaningful and routine way even while traveling. Traveling with a purpose helps. So, how do you find it?


2:21 we open up the podcast with Angela sharing a little about her childhood and how her upbringing shaped her into the adventurous, lifelong learner she is today.

7:15 Angela talks about how wemarriedadventure.com got started.

10:08 We talk about the logistics of traveling around the world for a year as well as overcoming the psychological barriers that arise.

16:09 Angela talks about some of the lessons traveling has taught her.

20:52 We talk about the fear of the unknown that Angela experienced as well and getting over it as she stepped off the plane in Madrid.

29:38 Angela's advice for someone who is feeling the call to travel and adventure in order to pursue their Big Self.

34:42 Angela talks about the sacrifices that come along with making travel a priority.

40:32 We ask Angela about her work in creativity and learning, and if a theory of creativity has informed her thinking.

44:36 Angela gives some great actionable advice while talking about her work teaching students at the university level.

48:30 We wrap up by asking Angela what she's reading, what her morning routine looks like, and what Big Self means to her.

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The Big Self Podcast
Inner Growth. Outer impact.
Shelley and Chad kick off each week with a provocative thought leader who has something to say about the power of inner growth to drive outer impact. From building resilience to life design to life transitions to leadership to growing ourselves up, we touch on all things Big Self. At the back end of the week Chad and Shelley dish on their experiences and expertise.

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Chad Prevost

Dr. Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.