Who, What, When, Where, Why?

I bet you are probably thinking Life of a Ninja? Who is this crazy person?  Well, my name is Melissa Johnson aka Missy J.  I was born and raised in San Diego and have been fortunate enough to have been able to travel throughout my life.  I love adventure, nature, photography, music, dancing, ANYTHING active (and I mean anything!), traveling, health and wellness, people and things that inspire me to be at my full potential, and life.

I have been wanting to start a blog for sometime now but a fear of what other people will think about me and my thoughts always prevented me from actually starting one.  Well, things have changed in my life, a lot of things I must say.  I have gone through tremendous growth and I am learning to step through false beliefs and stories to live a life of passion and purpose.  I realized that those fears that our mind makes up aren’t really that bad once you push past through them.

Recently, my sister-in-law passed away at the young age of 24.  I thought to myself, “How could this have happened? She was so young!”  Then, something clicked in my head.  I thought “Tomorrow isn’t promised to me. I could die tomorrow! Why am I not doing the things I love everyday? Why am I settling for an office job (even though I’m so grateful for the experience and education I have received from it) when my passion is traveling and helping people?”

So I decided to take the steps toward doing what I love to do no matter how scary it is and not listening to all the “what ifs” that are going through my mind.  I booked a 1 way ticket to Thailand, submitted my 2 week notice to my job, sold my car, and got rid of a majority of my things.  I have never done anything like this so it definitely is scary, but I know in my heart that this is my path, and it feels so free!

I am about a week and a half out from leaving the country.  I’m feeling a little overwhelmed at times  but excited at the same time.  Excited to work with kids in orphanages, to help build schools, and to work with animals.  I’m also excited to be able to slow my life down a little.  I’m always on the go for the entire day that I rarely even give myself time to breathe.  I’m going to honor myself now and do more of the things that I love to do, like yoga, surfing, and meditation.

I have learned and seen some amazing things so far in my lifetime and I just want to share, inspire, motivate, and bring joy to people’s lives.  Even if just one person’s life is affected, I know it is all worth it.

I’m so ready to go to bed right now but I want to leave you with one thought.  Just remember that whatever emotion you may be feeling, whether it’s fear, doubt, worry, sadness, happiness, etc., that you are choosing this for yourself.  When I remind myself that whatever I’m feeling is my choice, I then have the choice to change it or stay in that mindset.

Good night everyone!


19 Comment

  1. big moves!

    1. Yes! And loving it!

  2. I am so excited! I can’t wait to see you on the other side of the world my beautiful ninja goddess. Excited you got a blog started, you rock!

    1. Thank you! I am so blessed and grateful to be on this journey with you! Love you my ninja <3

  3. I am very happy for you! This is very inspiring.

    1. Thank you so much!

  4. Claudia says:

    I’m Speechless.. I’m happy for you girl! I love your motivation wish you the best.

    1. Thank you Claudia! It means a lot! 🙂

  5. NinjaFairy9000 says:

    Congratulations Missy!!! So proud of you beautiful-hearted Ninja Goddess! You have helped people wherever you have shined your smile, contagious laughter and refreshingly pure nature. By stepping into your life with this much more courage you are expanding your capacity for a truer and more meaningful contribution. It is a gift and inspiration to witness your journey! I love you!!!

    1. Aww Thanks Nina! I love you so much an I’m so grateful to have you in my life. You have inspired me as well 🙂

  6. Max says:


    1. Thank you!

  7. Dan Amato says:

    Hi, The thing that most frequently comes to mind when I worry about what others think I remember what my friend Jim said, “What others think of me is none of my business.” It is a quote that I tell to My self often. It has more significance to me than what they think doesn’t matter. For some reason it separates me from what they think because it’s none of my business! Good Luck on your journey!
    Love, Dan

    1. Thank you for your amazing words Dan. That quote definitely resonates with me. I really appreciate your kind words 🙂

  8. Jay Brown says:

    You’ve been such a great inspiration in my life and it’s great to see that others can now be inspired by you as well. You will touch the hearts of many! I love you!

    1. And You have been an inspiration in my life as well! More than you know! I love you so much and excited for the growth that we have gone through and has yet to come. 🙂

  9. Ann Corwin says:

    hey Melissa, how are you doing? what’s going on on the other side of globe hope you’re having fun where ever you are…

  10. Julia Clay says:

    Wow! This just gave me the chills and I realized tears rolling down my cheeks. I have always loved you since the day we met. I’m so inspired and so proud! Love it!! Rock on sister!

  11. Anisha Nery says:

    You are such an inspiration to me I’m so happy you are able to do what you truly enjoy and get the chance to grace people with your awesomeness! I am lucky to have you as a friend Melissa Jean Johnson

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