Signs Signs, Everywhere a Sign

I love a good sign. Ask anyone who knows me. I’m someone who firmly believes that nothing “just happens.” Everything leads to something else; nothing is just random.

I absolutely believe when following and achieving dreams and goals, hard work is vital. But the universe steps in, often when you least expect it.

Because I am weird love signs so much, I even have a Note on my phone documenting different little moments that help me know I’m on the right path. To anyone else they’re just normal occurrences of everyday life, but to me, they’re fate. The month Rachel and I booked the ticket for this world trip (October 1st, 2015) here are two of my sign entries, as an example:

Oct 7 2015: The book Eat, Pray, Love, a travel memoir by one of my favorite authors Elizabeth Gilbert about her year trekking through Italy, India, and Indonesia, being read by a woman right in front of me on my train ride to work.

Oct 27 2015: Peanut butter packets I bought at the grocery store in Philly are good until expiration date June 7th, 2016 – the day we leave for our trip! (Then I literally have “Random, BUT COOL” written next to that.)

I trust myself, and know that the decisions I make are true to who I am and what I want out of life. But it helps to be validated by these small elements of destiny.

Rachel and I were recently on a beach in Lagos, Portugal, enjoying the sun, casually talking about the trip and our favorite cities so far.



Rach went swimming and I stayed on the beach, decided to people watch. Directly next to me on my right, there’s a woman reading a book, and the chapter she’s on is titled my name, “ANNA,” in capital letters. Sign.

When I booked this ticket and left my job, my family, my friends, my city, everything familiar for this world trip, I knew it was the right decision. But I also knew it was extreme, risky, leaves many unanswered questions: What will I do when I’m back? Where will I live? What job should I look for? 

I know though that I will figure it out. I know those questions will be answered, eventually. I know I’m right exactly where I need to be.

“Random, BUT COOL” signs like this help ease any anxieties I haven remind me to enjoy the present. ANNA, they call out. Relax. It’s all going to be fine.

Do you have any fun descriptions of signs being present in your life? Comment below, I love to hear these types of stories!


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