A friend of mine used to tell me that I loved travel because I didn’t like reality. She swore that was the reason I loved laying on a beach in Cancun or seeing the sights of Europe. Perhaps part of that is true, but most of life was pretty great. If you’re healthy and have the ability of choice – what’s the problem, right? I had another friend who told me that if I loved ‘summer Stacey’, wouldn’t I want to try to embrace that person all year ’round? I imagine, in a sense, they were both right. Travel and summer, for me, have always provided a lifestyle involving freedom, possibilities, smiles and endless optimism. They’re the chocolate ice cream for toddlers and the glitter for crafters rolled into one. Read the rest of this entry
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
I’ve heard much mentioned recently about The Camino, Machu Picchu, and The Pacific Crest Trail. My social media connections talk about the Rick-shaw Run, Ghan, Orient Express, Great Ocean Road and Pacific Coast Highway. I hear whispers of ultra-marathon races like the 4 Desert Series, discussions of Euro-rail travel and conversations about how ‘best’ to road trip Australia or the United States. More and more experiences wind up gaining my attention and joining my list of ‘I’d like to’ and ‘in which trip can we do this?’. JRR Tolkien coined the phrase ‘not all who wander are lost’. I couldn’t agree with him more. How do you wander? Read the rest of this entry
Do you ever find yourself in a rut? A few days go by and you’re in a funk and can’t get out? Sick, have to stay in bed for a few days and can’t find the motivation to move forward when you’re feeling better? Have an inkling that something might be wrong but can’t put your finger on it? In a moment of clarity you kick yourself and say, ‘get out of that funk – stop being depressed and find the happy’; but sometimes it’s not as easy as it sounds. I have no medical degree, and I’m not speaking (of course) about serious depression or diseases you can’t control…I mean that bit of sad that creeps in every once and awhile an attempts to dim your sparkle. Read the rest of this entry
We have one car in San Diego. Most of the time, it’s easy to maneuver – sometimes it takes a bit of strategic planning and logistic analysis. More often than not…I take the bus. Recently, I’ve had to go to a bunch of doctor visits about 25 minutes away and San Diego’s Bus 3 has been my route of choice. Only a block from my doorstep – it’s easily accessible and filled with a cast of characters who often make the minutes tick by quickly. The other day was no different. Read the rest of this entry
In an ode to George Carlin, my mother reminds me that I have stuff everywhere. Strange, considering I’ve been doing my best to become much more of a minimalist than I was growing up. Then, there was stuff everywhere – but it was mostly contained to my room. Bottles of island sand, Disney figurines, keepsakes and photos as far as the eye could see. Today, there are still photos, but the rest is minimal. It’s not the stuff in the place I’m in that’s the thing, it’s the stuff strewn in various locations that’s the issue – and I have far less stuff than many! Anyone else feel this way?
“Life is so much brighter when we focus on what truly matters” – anonymous Read the rest of this entry
This past weekend was my second year at the San Diego Travel and Adventure Show. Hosted by Unicomm®, this two day event took place at the San Diego Convention Center. Enter at your own risk should really be posted at the door, as the moment you enter you’re bound to want to head off on an adventure or book something within minutes.
In one afternoon you can cross oceans and state lines, travel by land, sea or air and envision a journey of epic proportions. Hike a mountain, ride a segway, take a cooking class – no matter the dream, the travel and adventure show can help you build it. Whether you were enthralled by Pauline Frommer’s depiction of small group and volunteer travel descriptions, listened attentively as Samantha Brown detailed her family travel experiences or felt the burning need to hug a giant panda – the travel show had much to offer. Read the rest of this entry
How do you see yourself? Are you the risk taker or the one who over-analyzes? Are you the nervous nelly or the one who jumps in with both feet? Are you the doer, the creative one, the active one or the shy one? The way we see ourselves may be what we put out into the world, but it’s not necessarily how others see us.
These two months of the year often bring about reflections and resolutions. Everywhere you look people are trying to add exercise into their routine, get out of debt, eat healthy, clean up their acts and find new direction for the year ahead. Is this part of your New Year’s regimen? Read the rest of this entry
Same, same but different! There’s a definite different feel to west coast holiday celebrations than east coast. In an odd turn of events, our east coast friends are having unseasonably warm weather for December, but in San Diego, things are still different than those New York winters I remember. Read the rest of this entry