In the Hindu and Buddhist religions, the third eye is a symbol of enlightenment and wisdom and is commonly seen in Indian and East Asian countries represented by a dot, eye or mark on the forehead of deities or “enlightened beings”.

My most recent big trip was to Nepal and India in November of 2010.  It was a trip of a lifetime that significantly changed my life.

After a long 15 hour non-stop flight from Chicago, we finally reached our hotel in Dehli and were welcomed with a traditional marigold necklace and the “third eye” dotted on forehead to remind us that we needed to see India with an open mind (indeed!).  This idea stuck with me throughout the trip and was probably the best advice I could have ever received.  It was so powerful that I decided that it would be the name for my blog as it incorporated all my ideas about how I wanted to travel and how I wanted to communicate my travel experiences with others.  For travel is definitely an enormous learning adventure and when visiting other cultures, especially ones that are so incredibly different than your own, you have to keep a third eye.  Otherwise you would lock yourself up in your house and never leave again!  (Ha ha… just a joke).  I believe that you would miss out on seeing what travel is really about:  seeing and learning how other people around the world live, thinking about what you’ve learned, formatting opinions on it, and most importantly, sharing this knowledge with others.  If you don’t have a third eye, what could you possibly see?

Then, why, you may wonder, is it third-eye mom?  Because besides being an adventurous, travel-loving wonderlust, I’m also a mom.  I have been fortunate to have traveled throughout my life, with my family during my childhood, then my husband, and now slowly but surely with my children.  I continue to go on my adventures overseas without them, however, hope to someday be lucky enough to bring them along for the ride.  Meanwhile, I want to inspire in them a love of travel and adventure that is essential to who I am, and in my opinion, makes for a better understanding of the world and our place in it (however small that may be!).  So quite simply, I chose third-eye mom as the name to my blog.


  1. Sara Gregory

    I love reading about your experiences. Your mom is so proud of what you are doing, and I must say I am proud of your Mom and Dad for supporting your adventures. Love seeing the pictures and congrats on making a difference in the world. Most of us are lucky to make a small difference to those close to us, you take this to an entirely higher level. Way to go.

    • Thanks Sara for your kind words! My mom must have forwarded you my info. You know, without her help, love and support, I never would be able to do this! She is wonderful! Hopefully I can meet you this summer when I visit Torreon! Thanks for reading!

  2. So glad I found your blog! I felt we had a lot in common after reading your mission, too. I want to do more service work and travel. I love all things internatinal. However, with an 8 week old, I’m more of the “arm chair” traveler at the moment…What is your secret for traveling with children?

    I recently started an international mother’s blog called World Moms Blog, where mothers can tell their stories and share ideas from their little corners of the world. We are now writing from 11 countries.

    Would you be interested in doing a guest post for us about yourself and motherhood? If so, please feel free to e-mail me at worldmomsblog@gmail.com. You can take a look around at http://www.worldmomsblog.com I think our writers and readers would be interested in what you are doing!

    Veronica Samuels 🙂

  3. I am so glad that I found your blog! I am a mom to two boys through international adoption, so we were “forced” into world travel with our kiddos from the start 🙂 We love to travel, although we are not able do much of it at the present time. Can’t wait to dive in and read more of your blog!

    • Thanks ! I am interested of course in learning more about you. Where do you live and where did you adopt your sons? Thanks for the comment! Glad you enjoy it! 🙂

  4. This is super. I always like when I find a blog that’s fun to read and teaches me something as well. For some reason I never thought to inquire about what meaning the third eye has. Thanks!

    • So glad you liked it! I wrote it a year and a half ago and it probably needs some updating now! But I do like reminding myself of the “third eye” approach to life meaning always using that extra eye to see things, more things than I would normally see. To examine, explore, understand and enjoy. 🙂

    • Thanks! I tell you it sure helps. Especially when faced with adversity or setbacks during a trip. I just remind myself to use that darn third eye and find an explanation for the madness or a greater meaning. It doesn’t always work but usually does. And I feel that I see so much more when I open my eyes and take it all in!

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