The tiny notification came to my inbox rather unexpected. If I’d been in a hurry as I normally am while browsing through my WordPress Inbox perhaps it would have gone unnoticed. Yet, there it was an indistinguishable little note that said “Happy Anniversary from WordPress” next to a tiny little cake with the number 5 inside. I stopped for a moment and just stared at the screen a bit in disbelief that I’d forgotten this fact. That five years ago, […]
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller Almost a year ago today I was climbing up high into the Bolivian Andes in Condoriri Valley with my dad. It was an unforgettable trip in many regards. First and foremost, it was only six months after my father completed chemotherapy. To climb two mountains over 16,000 feet in two days is quite a remarkable […]
“Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We only have this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake”. – Francis Bacon Sr. I have always been a highly imaginative and energetic person who like most people want to live each day of my life to the fullest possible. But let’s face it. Life can get incredibly busy and stressful with just living your day to day life. […]
“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 […]