Starry, Starless Night

Image of Te Anau in New Zealand

We’re spending the last of our days in New Zealand down in the Fiorlands to get up close and personal with what’s been called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Aside from seeing these majestic mountains of rock and timber that fade, or rather fall precipitously, into the water, I’ve spent a lot of time doing something else that I […]

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The Pitfalls of Poor Packing

Image of Waiheke Island in New Zealand

On our 2nd continent in our 3rd of 20+ weeks of travel, I’m already regretting my packing choices. Packing for nearly 6 months of nomad homelessness presents its own sort of challenge, but adding to it the perquisite of packing and storing all of one’s possessions in advance of such worldwide wandering was arguably a regrettable undertaking, if not absurd […]

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The Magic of Machu Picchu

Image of Machu Picchu and Llama

Most of us have seen the pictures of the Citadel, the impressive citadel built by the Incas 600 years ago. It was discovered in 1911 by Yale Professor, Hiriam Bingham. The reason why it still stands is that the Spanish conquistadores who defeated the Incas never knew about the city sitting 8,000 feet above sea level, so they didn’t know […]

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The Boomerang Effect to Giving

Sometime in my early thirties, I remember reading an article about the importance of having girlfriends loosely defined as women who you have your back. I believe the magic number to have was at least five. At the time, I had a two-year-young husband, a newborn and a start-up. I balked and wondered when I’d ever have the luck to […]

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A Toast to Post-It Notes

This week I spent pruning, purging, and packing my office. It wasn’t fun as my reticent, rat-packing tendencies became loudly noticeable in the room that only I tend to use. There were some great discoveries though: I care less about a lot of things that used to matter to me, such as having sharpies in every color including all the […]

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Two Wings of a Dove

It’s official. The training to become a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher has begun. I signed up for the program almost a year ago, and now that it’s started, the seeds of self-doubt are creeping in. The certification process takes two years, and teaching is the core of the second year of the training. Teaching means I need students, which means […]

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Feeling Our Way to Freedom

This week was a challenge. I got 3 hours of sleep 3 nights in a row. As someone who almost never has sleeping concerns, I was barely functional. Naps didn’t take. Medicine didn’t help. I was in a twilight zone of insomnia, and desperate to get out. It was the experience of going on a silent, seven-day meditation retreat that […]

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The Power in the Power of Now

I’m listening and loving Oprah and Eckhart’s (last names are superfluous with these two) podcast on breaking down, chapter by chapter, A New Earth, Eckhart’s revolutionary book (yes it really is life changing). If you need indication of its significance, it was first published in 2005 and is still in discussion today, some 14 years later, because like many Holy Scriptures, […]

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Memory Making Moments

In the throes of packing out our four-story row house, I’ve made a meaningful self-discovery. According to the Chinese Zodiac, I’m a rat. While that explains my penchant for money-pinching, what I’ve come to recently realize is that I’m actually, also, a pack rat. I’m a stasher and a stuffer. If there is a free drawer, cabinet, or corner, you […]

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