Unscripted

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You know that saying about the best laid plans, right? Well if not, I’ll give you a recap. Plan all you want, but don’t expect life to read your script. Events – large and small – go the way they do, despite your preferences and best efforts. I mean, c’est la vie, right? It does what it wants.

That doesn’t mean the story that emerges isn’t a good one, though.

So yes, before you burn your agenda completely, planning does matter. Unless you’re independently wealthy and exceptionally full of chill, it’s a good idea to think about the future, and to take the appropriate steps to make the things you want happen.

All that visualization and mapping and honestly, work, is you telling the universe what you want. Even if you’re a believer in luck, you know it’s not the only thing that makes things happen. You have to put it out there, and then go out there after it.

The question is, what do you do when the work you’re doing doesn’t, well, work? Read More


Global experience

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Hey, friends. Yeah, I know. It’s been a minute. We’ve both been busy, though, and you’ve had plenty going on so I bet you didn’t even miss me.

Hah, j/k I know you did. ;-)

I missed you too! I promise it wasn’t wasted time, though. I’ve been up to some cool things and I’m excited to bring some of it back to you.

Several of the past few weeks have been dedicated to sharpening my teaching skills, and also travel (!!!). I saw mixes of new and old, deepened friendships and made some new ones, climbed a mountain and a few pyramids, too.  It was adventurous and eye-opening and challenging at times. It was also a beautiful reminder of the reason I fell in love with travel in the first place. People.

Jon Kabat-Zinn famously wrote that “wherever you go, there you are.” No matter how far you roam, you’re the one roaming there. Depending on where you are in your life, that can be good news or not so much. But if you’re trying to learn about people whose lives appear on the outside to be very different from your own, it can change your perspective forever.

Everyone celebrates. Everyone feels scared. Everyone wonders what’s next. Everyone stares at the sky and dreams.

We are a world of stunningly diverse cultures and traditions, but our humanity is the same. Across the world, across the street, and across the conference table. No matter how challenging the conversation, the impulses, hopes and fears we each hold are the same. Encountering those things in others connects us directly to those experiences within ourselves. Connecting with them in ourselves helps us connect to them in others.

Wherever you go, there you are. All the more reason to go, with open eyes and an open heart. And of course, carry-ons only. ;-)


Enough, already

556F283F-7B56-48BB-8749-9CEDB97EA889The transition to a new year is so often filled with thoughts of who we aren’t. Who we meant to become during the past year, but didn’t. How we plan, with our very best intentions, to try again – even better! – in the year ahead.

What if instead you took this moment to look at who you did become? You are not the same person you were a year ago. You have encountered more lessons, and faced them all with grace. Some may have challenged you – you may even think you failed – but in fact, it was the willingness to greet them with an open heart that was the true test. 

Look at you, one year further along on the beautiful path that is your becoming. Well done, you courageous soul. 🌟

May this next year bring even more adventure, music, beauty, quickened heartbeats and moments of pure, perfect stillness that remind you that you are everything you need, and everything the world is asking for.