Hi everyone! Once again, very sorry about my gap in updating this blog; waiting in airports are pretty much the only time I’m immobile these days and forced to sit for a while. Can’t complain about that! My friend Kathleen and I have been traveling through New Zealand and Australia for 2 months now! We left end of February, and are currently on the beautiful east coast of Australia. We headed here after roadtripping around Tasmania, home of the infamous Tasmanian Devil (a rodent I actually find slightly cute) and one of the most rugged places I’ve ever been.
We did a bunch of hiking in NZ back in March, and “Tassie” was no different. The most challenging one by far that we’ve done (in my opinion) was in Tasmania: summiting Cradle Mountain. And I have a quick little story I want to share about it…
Continue reading “A True Mountaineer”
I’ve been home from my 6 month backpacking trip now for almost two whole months, and as calming as it is being home, I miss being on the road.
When you’re traveling, you’re seeing something new every single day. Even seemingly normal activities – taking a walk, grabbing a coffee, going out to eat – are charged with newness and excitement.
Taking a walk in Rome turns into a museum tour, stumbling upon ancient monuments everywhere you turn.
Grabbing a coffee in Ireland is less for the caffeine intake and more for the warmth to escape June’s freezing temperatures, stripping your soaked-through rain jacket as you order.
Going out to eat in Thailand means holding your nose and popping a cooked centipede into your mouth from the night market, on a dare.
Continue reading “Seeking Novelty”
I love travel because the one thing that is predictable about it is that it’s always unpredictable.
Travel brings sharp changes in perspective and stunning realizations, fleeting instances that are so fantastic you’re worried you’ll never get that feeling or that view or that “A-ha!” moment again. But much of the time, these life lessons travel brings arrive alongside with risk.
Travel comes with many unexpected obstacles. They whip around the bend when you least expect it, grabbing at you and trying to wrestle you down.
Nope, not being metaphorical anymore. I’m talking about two Vietnamese motorbike robbers/ninjas, straight out of The Fast and the Furious.
Continue reading “Preparing for the Unexpected”
I never thought I would get to participate in a discussion about life with Buddhist monks. But hey, Thailand’s bringing a boatload of surprises with it every single day. And I’m digging it.
The “monk chat” I attended was in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on the campus of Chiang Mai University. The monks who participated in the forum are a group who live on the grounds of Wat Suan Dok, a beautiful temple right next to the campus.
Continue reading “One & Three”
For all of you podcast lovers out there like myself, you’ve got to listen to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons. The author of Eat, Pray, Love is the host of this podcast series, where she helps aspiring artists all over the world who are struggling creatively.
Every episode brings a different person who feels stuck. They seek Gilbert’s guidance and she talks them through their issue. She encourages her guests to face their fears, conquer their doubts, and get their project out there, whatever it may be. She shares her gentle wisdom, expertise on the writing world, and beliefs on living boldly, and brings in her friends to help the individuals as well. Special guests have included Humans of New York founder Brandon Stanton, comedian Michael Ian Black, author and life coach Martha Beck, and one of my favorite people at the moment, Glennon Doyle Melton.
Continue reading “Showing Up”
When you’re crossing European country borders on buses, it means extremely. long. rides.
It also means a lot of reading, which I’m more than okay with. I use my iPad for books; although Rachel and I keep saying how much we miss holding physical books, the iPad is so convenient because it’s light, small and thin, and holds all of the books I buy. You can even just download a “sample” – about 40 pages of a book for free – so that by the end of the sample you can decide if you like it enough to buy it.
My favorite book that I’ve read on this trip so far is Heroes of the Frontier, by Dave Eggers. Continue reading “Meaning in Motion”
I love a good sign. Ask anyone who knows me. I’m someone who firmly believes that nothing “just happens.” Everything leads to something else; nothing is just random.
I absolutely believe when following and achieving dreams and goals, hard work is vital. But the universe steps in, often when you least expect it.
Continue reading “Signs Signs, Everywhere a Sign”