Journey, change…forward


Do you know if you’re on a path? Have you felt stuck, in search of a new goal, or have you realized that there’s something else you can do or learn in this world? I’m not sure how much stock I ever put in all of this stuff. For years, it wasn’t for me. I didn’t need a path, journey or any of those what I once thought were ‘life coach moments’, I was living, enjoying, being – that was enough. I can’t tell you if there was a specific ‘aha’ moment or that I read this thing on @Pinterest or saw it on @Oprah® that seemed to click, but somehow, this mindset has entered my existence and it seems it’s here to stay.

“No matter how hard the past…you can always begin again” – Buddha

While teaching, I found myself often on a schedule. Between the first day of school and New Year’s Eve there were holidays, homecoming and winter travel plans. From the New Year forward there were exams, events, spring travel plans and the arrival of camp planning for summer. Although the travel journeys and homecoming themes changed, the outward journey remained the same. Kids changed from year to year, planning changed, birthdays came and went and each summer brought new whistles, new campers and new newsletter rhymes – otherwise, not much was new.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi

Today, things are different. Each day is different. Each yoga class sets a new intention. Each article is for some other blog or magazine and each event is with a different organization. Today, the outward and inward journeys exist and are fluid. There is limited traditional and a maximum need for flexibility. The inward journey could have existed while teaching, and perhaps it began all those years ago with that first big travel journey, in that first beach yoga class or the first time I flew in a hammock, I don’t know. There’ve been new people, new adventures, a new mindset, a new coast and many more ‘new’ that have added to this journey, path, or whatever it is I find myself on these days.

“And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go” – Dr. Seuss

Today, social media feeds are flooded with new anti-aging methods, new fitness accountability programs, and even the newest leggings to wear. With each click you find people on that journey to find something new, to try a new path, to create a new chapter to their already flourishing story. Maybe you’ve tried a climbing gym or test drove a new recipe. Maybe you’re figuring out how to grow your family or setting off on a spiritual adventure all your own. Or perhaps you’re stuck, knowing you want to do something, change something or have always had this dream but are not sure how to make it a reality. At one time or another we’ve all been there. Whether you head out on a hike, find a yoga flow, hit the gym, join a program, read a book, find that meditative calm, chat with a friend, seek professional help or find your own way, there’s a way to get unstuck. It’s often hard to start the journey and those first few miles trudging uphill often take a lot out of you. But get in the zone, hit your strides, start to see some of that well-earned growth and the sky’s the limit. Your goal may change a million times along the way, but no matter what happens, you didn’t sit this one out. You saw something you want to change and are willing to put in the work to do just that.

“She took the leap and built her wings on the way down” – unknown

Don’t compare your journey to anyone else’s. You are on your own path and whether you follow the advice of Gandhi, Dr. Seuss, or are more partial (like my friend Cara) to the words of Jon Bon Jovi, remember you’re in charge of your life. If you’re lucky enough, you get to choose the direction of the journey. You create the chapters and you write the words to your own story. The best books have plot twists you never knew were possible. Don’t be afraid to create yours. Life is not meant to be stagnant. Find your journey…onward.

“Welcome To Wherever You Are” (Bon Jovi)

Maybe we’re different, but we’re still the same
We all got the blood of Eden, running through our veins
I know sometimes it’s hard for you to see
You come between just who you are and who you wanna be

If you feel alone, and lost and need a friend
Remember every new beginning, is some beginning’s end

Welcome to wherever you are
This is your life, you made it this far
Welcome, you gotta believe
That right here right now, you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be
Welcome, to wherever you are

When everybody’s in, and you’re left out
And you feel your drowning, in a shadow of a doubt
Everyones a miracle in their own way
Just listen to yourself, not what other people say

When it seems you’re lost, alone and feeling down
Remember everybody’s different
Just take a look around


Be who you want to, be who you are
Everyones a hero, everyones a star

When you wanna give up, and your hearts about to break
Remember that you’re perfect, G-d makes no mistakes


Adventures in sand


In the mind of a former New York teacher, Labour Day weekend means only one thing…back to school. Since this September baby is also born around the same time and lived in Long Beach where that Monday is the unofficial close of the summer season – it already means something else. And then, this same girl moved west and now, Labor Day weekend also signifies the USA Sand Sculpting Competition held annually in San Diego, California. This year, I not only got to attend, but spent the first day of the event volunteering and learning some of what goes on to make those incredible pieces of three dimensional artwork come alive. Read the rest of this entry

Giving Back


Like everyone else old enough to remember, I know exactly where I was on the 11th of September 2001. I was sitting on hall duty in Farmingdale High School, New York when the first of a few letters was delivered. Like everyone else who tried to get through, I found the mobile phone lines weren’t working. Kids were pulled out of class, teachers rode the busses with elementary school kids and we all sat in silence for hours glued to the television. Later, I found out that my sister, who traveled on the subway through the Twin Towers station every morning had made it through and a co-worker of hers provided shelter on Staten Island for the next few days. My Dad was in Europe at the time and eventually, through the kindness of strangers, coworkers and embassies made it home from Belgium a few days later. In the years since, at school, we had no morning announcements aside from a moving tribute coupled with a talented singer serenading the school with the chorus of Sarah McLachlan’s, I Will Remember You. Read the rest of this entry

The aftermath of adventure…returning home


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Travel. A gift, choice, calling, vice – whatever you call it….when one travel journey comes to an end…it affects you. Our most recent long travel adventure took us across two continents, three countries, seeing friends and two sets of family, planes, trains, trucks and automobiles, a cross country road trip and over two months of travel. Then it ended. Don’t get me wrong…being ‘stuck’ in sunny San Diego, is no place anyone would ever use the term ‘stuck’ – nevertheless, a journey that took months to plan and weeks to execute, was over. Read the rest of this entry

Growing through change



Have you ever had one of those experiences where you’ve been fully changed? Something experienced, transpired, or happened and on the inside, you no longer feel like the same person, yet on the outside, to the world at large, you’re still you? It feels so obvious to you yet this new you is foreign to those around you. It seems you now react differently, respond differently, make different choices and have different insights to the same old questions or actions of those you’re around. To you, these changes seem positive – almost as if you can’t imagine going back to the way things were – but to others in your life who can not understand what’s happened, they’re frustrated. What happens now? Read the rest of this entry

Learn Things



Mat and I don’t watch a lot of shows – we don’t even have a television. Of the few we try to catch, one that often brings a smile is NCIS New Orleans®. Scott Bakula’s lead character sends his agents out into the city to, as he says,  ‘learn things’. We seem to have adapted this idea to our life, and no matter the situation, that has become a goal. Perhaps all of our travel together has had that as a backstory, but it is quite apparent these days in life in San Diego. It’s been a year and a half in a new city, with new career goals, new people, and new adventures and ‘learn things’ has become a constant. Read the rest of this entry

Remembering Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s Candy Man


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“We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams” – Willy Wonka

Charlie Bucket, Violet Beauregarde, Augustus Gloop, Mike Teevee, Veruca Salt and Willy Wonka are a part of my childhood. When their names appear, story lines get quoted or a mysterious meme crosses my social media feed featuring any one of them, I smile. This week the world lost a giant, but nothing can stop the flood of memories. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory® wasn’t just a movie – it’s colourful depictions, quirky Candy Man and land of imagination taught us more about life than it did about chocolate. What did Willy Wonka teach you? Read the rest of this entry

Mindfulness on the road


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Recently I’ve found myself in the library in the mindfulness section. Call it the yoga addiction or the easy access to meditation and mindfulness gurus, but the mindfulness connection has taken off with me. What about you?

“The goal of meditation isn’t to control your thought; it’s to stop letting them control you.” -Unknown

I can’t even tell you when the first time was that I heard the word, mindful. I imagine it’s been floated around for years, and perhaps, like so many other things, it begins to penetrate when you need it most. And as with everything in life – things change. When I began my yoga journey seven years ago, I was looking for something to feel good, not hurt my back and an exercise that my little asthmatic lungs could handle. I didn’t much enjoy the meditation portion or the yogic philosophy or listening to anyone talk about chakras, healing ways, aromatherapy or any sort of sutras. Today, I crave it. I miss my Wednesday yoga therapy classes with Kellie and Friday meditations with Sarah at the old studio. But, as with everything in life, I’m in search of something new – something more. Read the rest of this entry

If those yearbooks could talk…


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Remember them? Remember the agony of choosing the appropriate quote to go under your senior photo in that high school yearbook? I recall hours of searching movie lines, lyrics and quotes to find one that I thought worked best. And then there was that question that would accompany your photo…’where do you see yourself in ten years’? Seriously? How on earth could I know that answer at seventeen years old and would there be any possibility it would be true in a decade? I certainly couldn’t foresee a teaching career and full on career change, a love of travel, life on two coasts, freelancing or a spouse from the other side of the world. Read the rest of this entry

From all change…growth


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We’ve now been in San Diego for 18 months. In all that time, I’ve been a member of a downtown yoga studio in the East Village. It’s changed names and ownership, but the community has remained constant, strong and vibrant. On Friday, my yoga studio is closing its doors. It’s a bit sad. Read the rest of this entry