Truths & Travel: Sunrise to Sunset and amusing language faux pas while exploring Querétaro


My brain stopped working I guess, and I felt stuck like I didn’t know how to explain to her. I started to “mime” what I thought made sense, the word “flow” by sweeping my arms from my head to my feet and saying the word “flow” like she understood any of it, it was the most obscure thing I’ve ever done. Just after that,  I noticed that the tampons were behind her, and started to point to them, and finally, she understood me, pulled them off the shelf, and rung me up for them. I felt like an idiot. I mean, I “mimed” the word “flow” and I still can’t get over it. Every time I tell the story to people I’m laughing at myself. So the lesson here kids, learn some words in the language of the country you are visiting, and at least use the phone, that has a translator! 

Spring brings Calming Clarity and Energetic Inspiration


“Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.” — John Muir The beating of the drums began and the sun shined bright. Even though it was only 50 degrees, it was feeling like spring. The aroma of blossoming plants, the crisp air, and the need for sunscreen all means that it’s finally a new season. I…

2 Years as a “Minimalist” – Life with less


“Minimalism is a tool to help you say ‘yes’ to that which is most important and meaningful.”—The Minimalists Two years ago I was introduced to the concept of Minimalism more intimately after taking a road trip to Pittsburgh with a friend to meet The Minimalists. Following that adventure, I discovered so many ideas, concepts, and…

Family Firsts, Beach Vibes, and Cranberry Bogs in New Jersey


“Oh the places you’ll go” – Dr. Seuss This past weekend I took a trip to New Jersey to visit my aunt. While we were there, we decided to explore the area and found some amazing places. Our first stop was to Seaside Heights. Best Burgers in town! Along the Seaside Heights Boardwalk, we discovered Spicy Cantina….

Truths & Travel: Mexico, Part 3


Standing on a rock that is 65 Million years old, and at an elevation of 8,235 feet above sea level, I felt that I had defied not only gravity, but all the limiting believes I’ve ever had about myself. It was real. I was here, with people who inspired me to be a better person, and challenged my limiting beliefs.  

Laughter is the key to spark energy and creativity


“The immediate expression of our truth releases light and warmth, that influences the life we are part of, this is the way our spirit shines!” – Mark Nepo I like being productive, having energy, and being focused on purpose, doing the work I love that inspires me. The kind of work that doesn’t feel like…

Truths & Travel: Mexico, Part 2


“You are just as worthy, deserving, and capable of creating and sustaining extraordinary health, wealth, happiness, love, and success in your life, as any other person on earth. It is absolutely crucial … that you start living in alignment with that truth.” – Hal Elrod, The Miracle Morning My first Mexico Motivational Morning I first…

Truths & Travel: Mexico, Part 1


“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves Travels to colonial Querétaro, Mexico Exactly one month ago today, I arrived in Querétaro, Mexico for a life-changing experience that would alter my mindset and set me…

Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, 2019 ~


“As a little kid, blues meant hope, excitement, pure emotion. Blues were about feelings. They seem to bring out the feelings of the artist and they brought out my feelings as a kid. They made me wanna move, or sing, or pick up Reverend’s guitar and figure out how to make those wonderful sounds.” ― B.B….

Improv Lessons, Fun? Yes! And…


After 8 weeks, I’ve finished my (2nd) Level 1 Improv Class! I initially decided to take it over the winter to keep myself from hibernating but found that it also helped me get let go and have fun, laugh, and improve my practice of being present. Here are five reasons why I loved the improv…

Improv = Laughs & Learning to Listen


“THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, only opportunities.” – Tina Fey Recently I attended the Steel Stacks Improv Festival for a laugh-all-day, no breaks, improv-all-day event that was jam-packed with talented people doing amazing improv comedy on stage. It was awesome and so much fun. Yes, And… that’s what Improv is all about. Accepting what is presented,…

New Year, New Beliefs, New Challenges


It’s already half-way through January of 2019 and I’m struggling to keep my new self in balance. I set so many resolutions, I created a 20×30 graph and hung it up next to my standing desk, to remind myself of all the goals and actions I’m taking every week. Two weeks in, I’m struggling to…

How to Make an AWESOME Vision Board for 2019 Goals!!


I’ve been doing Vision Boards, using magazines, glue, and poster board, for the past year. Creating boards each month, and sometimes multiple boards per month, focusing on a topic or mood. (Career Goals and Happy Thoughts) I’ve created them on my own and with friends and I’ve found that I really love the time I…

Austin Adventures, Part 5: The Journey & Returning Home


“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.” ~Seneca On my final morning in Austin, Texas, I took the rental car, drove down…

Setting Goals for 2019~ Intentions, Expectations for Success!


After reviewing my 2018 highlights and struggles, I’m working through looking towards the next year with a strategic plan for success and moving towards a more inspiring, rewarding, exciting, purposeful, and powerful life full of challenge and I don’t have all the answers, but here’s where I am at this moment: What do I really…

The 2018 Year in Photos & Review


What was time very well spent this year? Self Development, Journaling – I’ve developed the daily habit of journaling my thoughts using the Daily Stoic Journal, as well as a notebook, and now I’m also using the Sweet Ass Journal to Develop Your Happiness Muscle in 100 Days. Journaling has not only helped me better…

Austin Adventures, Part 3: Facing Fear


Since I was a kid, I’ve had a fear of doing things that are outside of my comfort zone. When I started traveling earlier this year, I decided that each trip would include something that pushes me past self-limiting beliefs. This is the third part in my Austin Adventures series, check out Part 1 &…

Flying/Traveling and Essential Oils


I’ve found that I really enjoy bringing essential oils when I travel for a number of reasons. I feel like the biggest benefit to oils is that they help calm and ground me and when I’m literally in the air, with feelings of anxiety about arriving safely or just what to expect when I arrive somewhere,…

Discovering Essential Oils- Join me!


This year my focus has been on wellness and finding peace and happiness in being alone and discovering how essential oils have helped me to be calm and feel a sense of relaxation. I first started using oils for neck pain and stress relief, but I quickly realized that I could use it for making…

Watkins Glen, walking under waterfalls and being a weekend warrior


Journal entry: Today is going to be about being present and mindful in my experiences, with friends and others around me, to be and feel amazing.  Earlier in the year, I had mentioned to one of my best friends, Jen, about taking a trip to Watkins Glen to see the amazing waterfalls. We decided we’d…

Denver Experience, Part 4


September 28 Journal Entry: I believe in the power of just being aware of the space where you are, and I love that about our group. We talked about our challenges and what’s stopping us from moving closer to this life we want.  Friday morning kicked off the Location Indie Denver Experience, the conference that…

Denver Experience, Part 3


This is the third in a series of stories from my experience traveling to Denver, Colorado. Please read the second one here.  September 26 Journal Entry: As I stepped onto the gravel pathway, I took a deep breath and closed my eyes, I took a moment to be grateful for this moment, and vowed to…

Denver Experience, Part 2


  September 24 Journal Entry- This week will challenge me, drive me, and motivate me. I think about all the possible outcomes and know that the people I meet are going to have such a profound effect on my life. I will take what I learn and write about it, finding ways to use the…