Are You Using Work As An Excuse To Avoid Life?

How many times in the past 90 days have you said:  “I can’t, I’m sorry, I have to work.”

Is it more than 10? 20? 30? Anyone up over 50?

Raise your hands. Don’t be shy. No one to see you but the folks at the cafe who have no idea why you are raising your hand in a cafe, but they don’t know you anyway so who the heck cares what they think! (more…)

2014 – A Year Of Gumption

gumptionI know, who the hell uses the word Gumption anymore?

According to the Google Book historic view the word Gumption really peaked in 1939-1940, started growing again in the 1980’s, and burst back into popularity in the 2000’s (likely as it was a plot point in the Cameron Diaz-Kate Winslet romantic comedy The Holiday.)

So why on earth would I guide my year in 2014 by a word that is best known in modern times by a chick flick?

Here’s the definition of the word Gumption:

gump·tion (gəmpSHən): 1) shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness

That’s right. Gumption is pretty badass. (more…)

2013 Annual Review: A Year Of Surrender

surrenderAfter my first year abroad in 2012, a year of rough-and-tumble (sometimes literally!) fun and exciting experiences, I was a little overwhelmed. Spent. Incapable of sitting still in any moment and challenged by the simple act of stopping to see the world around me.

I needed to bring a calm awareness to my life in 2013.

I spent the year focused on the word Surrender. (more…)

What Are You Trading Your Happiness For?

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A very happy me at Yi Peng/Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai

This weekend I crossed an item off my bucket list.

Well, to be honest, I’m not sure if I really even have  a bucket list. I have a mental list of stuff that seems really cool I’d like to do someday. It is ever growing and changing. Mostly due to the fact that there are a lot of snakes in the world. (more…)