A muse can be anything that inspires not only our creative endeavors but in creating ourselves and our worldview; it’s all around us, in the places we inhabit and in places around the world.
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We most often think of muse as a person who inspires our creative work. But a muse can be anything that sparks a fire, causing us to muse (ponder and reflect) about our values, spirituality, what kind of person we want to be, how we want to live our life. A muse can also inspire our world view.
We all need a muse. We need inspiration. We even crave it. Because we know how it makes us feel. Energized. Alive. Motivated. Curious. We know that inspiration helps us to move forward in life, to grow; to express ourselves more fully; to live life true to who we really are and our world view.
Born in Boston to Filipino immigrants, Karina Quintans grew up on four continents, and has traveled to over 40 countries. She identifies as a Third Culture Kid. It follows that her lifelong sources of inspiration, her muses, have to do with place. Place—and all that gives it a sense of place including its history, natural resources, people, culture, and community.
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So whether you speak the language or not it's always possible to connect with others when you are traveling. It takes very little to see their humanity. — Karina Quintans
What I like most to do is to walk in the path of everyday people, where they eat where they shop, where they spend time just as I did many times as a kid traveling with my parents. I try to interact with people even if it's super brief. Basically, I'm seeking the mundane because I want to humanize my experience rather than to pass through with a checklist of sights to see. — Karina Quintans
Visiting them in their homes, experiencing their villiage lives and trying to find a path out of rural poverty. These experiences, like, made every countr more memorable to me and perhaps more importantly, they made every country feel familiar like they were no longer a foreign country to me they became a place I new a bit beyond the surface. And all of those memories have stayed with me today in so much that it changed how I travel today and how I see the world. — Karina Quintans