Growing Up

Throughout my childhood there was always this impression that one day I would magically become a grown up. All dreams and desires that had bloomed within my adolescent years would suddenly petrify and become dust, drifting away into the wind. The years passed and my dreams and desires still remain.  13, 15, 18, 22, 27,... Continue Reading →


The Ugly Truth of Traveling

We often glorify travelling, myself included, yet, the truth is that between all the wonderful sights, tastes, cultures, and new friends discovered; is a substantial amount of misery. Hours of waiting, fee after fee after fee, and stress accumulate quickly. I am fortunate because most times I am solo. I could not imagine dealing with... Continue Reading →

Judgment is Instinctual

Judgment is instinctual. We cannot help ourselves. Judgment has already formed as you begin to read this post. The words I chose, even punctuation, or lack thereof, instantly casts a judgment. There is nothing wrong with judging, though, to embody our judgments can be troubling. A wonderful person in my life reminds me, “Don’t believe... Continue Reading →

Portuguese Paradise

To sum up my experience in Portugal in one phrase, it would be ‘Casa do Pateo’. About forty kilometers south of Lisbon, near the internationally known Meco Beach, Casa do Pateo Guesthouse is a rejuvenating yoga and surf retreat center hidden amongst the tranquil nature that one would not even guess was so close to... Continue Reading →


It blows my mind how disconnected we can be from ourselves and we have no clue. How non-physically present we are with every step and every breath. When was the last time you looked at your toes, stretched all of them on each foot, and then placed them down one toe at a time? Try... Continue Reading →

Keep on Rolling

How would you like your own personal masseuse every single day without paying $60 - $100 per session? I think just about everyone I know could use that and thus is where Yoga Tune Up Balls come to the rescue. I began using Tune Up Balls about 2 years ago and ever since I have... Continue Reading →

Welcome to Polyculture

San Juan Islands. I did not even know Washington State had islands until last summer and now I have been living on one for the past three months.  The ferry stops at Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw (occasionally). There are many other smaller islands as well. I am doing a three month work exchange... Continue Reading →

“She Is Everything”

The title of this post is a quote from Marva Jones of Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples. While reflecting upon how to capture Mother Earth Day in a few words, an idea blossomed, "She Is Everything." Short, sweet, and so true. Thank you for these words of wisdom. Mother Nature is an astounding feat.... Continue Reading →

Making the World Go Round and Round

December 2015 --With almost forty references between hosting, surfing, and random interactions, proudly all positive, Couchsurfing has influenced my travels a lot more than I realized. My most recent cross country road trip initiated this thought as I miraculously had four hosts in a row to accommodate me on my ride from Chicago, Illinois to... Continue Reading →

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