“I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell As the remaining days of 2014 quickly come to a close, it is time for me to look back and reflect on another year on this amazing planet. 2014 was a year of extremes for me. Extreme highs and extreme lows. Looking back, despite some of the difficult days of the year it was also […]
Jaime Perez of My Travelouge kindly nominated me to participate in a virtual blog tour. The challenge asks that I give readers an inside peak at my blog through the framework of answering four questions. What is my workflow process? What am I working on? How does my work differ from others of its genre? Why do I write and create what I do? I thought it was an interesting challenge that would force me to reflect on my blogging […]
I started the practice of yoga this week and am realizing how much I need this right now in my life to balance my body, heart and soul. Today I’m dedicating my mantra to someone I love very much. My mantra is to never ever give up. When life kicks and breaks us down, fight back and stay strong. The mind is a powerful thing. It is up to you to decide each and every day whether or not it […]
“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination or forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” – August Wilson Like most travel bloggers, I have been completely shocked by the tragic news of the death of fellow travel blogger Anita Mac. Anita Mac, the vibrant face behind the popular travel blog Travel Destination Bucket List took her own life.
Today marks a huge milestone in my life. My youngest daughter has started first grade meaning for the first time in nine years as a stay-at-home mom/writer/global advocate and volunteer, I will have an entire day to myself. It is a bittersweet day with a lot of emotions. Yet I realize that this day symbolizes something else. Something rather unexpected. It means my own personal journey of rediscovering myself has just begun.
The first weekend in June, I was one of 1,200 travel bloggers who packed my bags along with my tangled emotions, and headed to Toronto, Canada for the 3rd Annual TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference. I had no idea what to expect and it was my first time ever attending a travel blogging conference. I went to BlogHer last summer along with 5,000 other blogging hopefuls and felt misplaced as a travel blogger among so many mommy bloggers. When I heard […]
Author’s note: The longer I blog and connect with other bloggers, the more I am intrigued by how many amazing people are out there living such inspiring lives. Kathy Gamble, otherwise known as the Expat Alien in the blogging word, is one such person. I asked Kathy if she’d share a post with me on her experiences living as an Expat all over the world. Below is her post…. Expat Alien: My Global Adventures I am what you might call […]
My dear friend Jennifer Burden, mother, wife, advocate and founder of World Mom’s Blog, wrote a beautiful piece today as part of the Shot@Life’s 28 Days of Impact Campaign about her advocacy and recent trip to Uganda as part of Shot@Life delegation. Please on link below to read her heartfelt post and learn more about the work we are doing for Shot@Life. Click here to read: Uganda, Shot@Life, Capitol Hill, Champs & Mohammad! Jen came into my life over a year […]
“Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future”. – Mattie Stepanek This week’s travel theme by Ailsa of “Where’s my backpack” is another beautiful one: Bridges. Looking at bridges in a metaphoric way they are the means of crossing over to a new place. I look back at all the bridges I’ve experienced in my life: Graduating college, studying […]
After two back-to-back trips in a period of one week, from east to west to home again, I’ve finally caught the much deserved head cold. Back in the days before kids, I used to travel a ton for work and normally had some kind of cold every single month from November to May. Thankfully those days of a traveling saleswoman are over as well as the years when my children were little and were constantly sick. I honestly can’t complain […]