Last week was an eye-opener for me, in that I learned that it’s okay to “settle in.” Why did I ignore that memo for so long?
More importantly, why did I not realize I needed that memo?
I’ve been living on the central coast of California for about 10 months now, and in that time I’ve acquired a few dozen material possessions. It’s not a lot, but I certainly can’t pack everything I own into a carry-on suitcase anymore! [Continue Reading...]
I grew up in a religious and conservative community, full of rules and traditions. Overall, I believe I had a very good upbringing. I became a very grounded person with a strong code of ethics and values. But I was also hesitant to fully explore who I was, for fear of the wrath of God and the disappointment of my family and friends.
Peace Corps helped change that for me; I’m no longer terrified of being a bit controversial. And while I’m still a work in progress, and am scared out of my mind to post this, I have come a long way and believe it’s time to share this part of my life… [Continue Reading]
I get places so fast now that I have to go around the block and try again because I keep missing my turns. It’s crazy having a car again! I’m having to completely re-learn my town because I don’t actually know which streets are one-way and I don’t know how to get anywhere that’s not directly off the bike path.
After booking this tour in Peru, however, I realize it’s time to step it up a notch and become very active and physically fit. I will be doing a several-days-long hiking trip through the mountains to Machu Picchu—the Moonstone to Sun Temple Trek. According to their literature,
“Our adventurous tours in the Andes are active programs, emphasizing moderate to strenuous day hikes in mountainous terrain…” Continue Reading
I’m not much of a planner, so this is strange for me. The trip is 7 weeks away and our tour company, Andean Treks, is asking us for all of our information now—plane ticket itineraries, where we want to stay, how early we’re getting to Cuzco, whether or not we want to rent sleeping bags… Continue Reading
The next two months will be focused on my preparations for Peru. I just bought my plane ticket and reserved a spot with Andean Treks. It’s a 2 week trip, so it’s not like I’m going there forever, but it’s my first trip out of the country in a year. Am I excited? Continue reading…
I opened a PowerPoint document to start working on the presentation and suddenly felt squirmy inside. My mind drew a blank and I couldn’t get beyond the uncomfortable pressure I felt to have to think about what I wanted to do. I closed the PowerPoint and went back to the website to work on my next mundane project: to find the phrase “short program” and replace it with “professional program.” Much safer. Much more worthwhile and important… [Keep reading]
I used to have a quirk.
And it wasn’t until recently, when I met a friend who exhibits a similar quirk, that I realized mine has almost completely disappeared, and I want it back.
Time did not fly for me in Armenia, as I mentioned in a blog post a little over a year ago.
Time in America? Holy cow! I blinked once and two whole months flew past without a peep from me (or from you, asking where I was!)
April was good for me. I purposely set aside the month to create a series of short videos called, “27 Days of Challenges.”
Then May came along. WTF happened to May?!??
Here is where we can learn a lesson together—me from experience, and you from careful listening. Continue Reading…
Think about getting up in front of an audience to say a few words. All eyes are on you. There is an air of expectant silence. You close your eyes and take a deep breath, then open your mouth to speak.
What are your emotions right now?