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A Little Musing… Thoughts on Running My First Marathon

At 5:30 am last Sunday, my best friend Niki and I threw a jaunty wave at Mickey Mouse as he encouraged us to have a great run. Six hours and six minutes later, we limp-ran across the finish line of our first marathon, both burying our grimaces and tears behind exhausted joy at the promise of […]

January 23, 2014 | Continue Reading ...

A Little Musing… Cheers to Embracing Your Weird

I wave and grin at the teenage boy playing basketball in his driveway. My feet beat an unsteady staccato on the pavement to the African-infused rhythms of Paul Simon’s The Boy in the Bubble. The teen shuffles and nods in my direction, but avoids eye contact. Ever since he caught me run-dancing down the sidewalk last […]

January 1, 2014 | Continue Reading ...

A Little Adrift … 20 Lessons from 5 Years Traveling Around the World

Five years ago today, I sat at Los Angeles International Airport watching the ground crew load the plane outside the window with baggage and fuel. Conflicting emotions warred inside of me; in two short hours I would board a one-way flight to Australia to start my year-long round the world trip. This moment was the […]

November 4, 2013 | Continue Reading ...

A Little Escape … Staying Present in the Power of Story

“Tired of the everyday grind? Ever dream of a life of romantic adventure? Want to get away from it all? We offer you… Escape!” Cue dramatic music as a deep voice continues. “Escape! Designed to free you from the four walls of today for a half-hour of high adventure!” I haven’t lost my mind, this is the […]

October 17, 2013 | Continue Reading ...

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A Little Letter … To All the Young Dreamers: Travel Young, Travel Far

Dear Young Dreamer, The end of the school year is here and freedom whispers on the air. Your attention wanders in these final days of lectures, homework, and classroom chatter and trust me, I understand why. Though I’ve graduated through life into “adult status,” I remember the keen yearning to spend my days hunting through the […]

May 28, 2013 | Continue Reading ...

A Little Honesty … Fear, Vulnerablity, and the Less Sexy Side of Travel

Update: All articles in this series are linked to at the bottom of this post. Over the years I have shared stories and snapshots of life on the road—glimpses into the beautiful people and places I have experienced. Sometimes I shared the obstacles along the way, the harder and more personal moments of travel that […]

May 5, 2013 | Continue Reading ...