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"How traveling redefined my priorities and outlook on life" by Hayley Jones

I can never remember a time growing up when I had a clear focus of what I wanted to do with my life.  My brother and I were very different in that way!  He was exceptionally focused and knew from a very young age that he wanted to be an entrepreneur.  Now at the young age of 24 he is the Co-owner of his very own company. I, on the other [...]

She Goes…to Canada?!

Oh Canadaaaaa, the land I call my...COLD, I call you COLD.  Canada, I underestimated your bite... I've been in Montreal for just over one week and my face hasn't fallen off yet, which continues to shock me.  Colder than any weather I've ever experienced in my lifetime (I'm from California where we just "opt out" of Winter), Montreal has been sitting at about -15 degrees Celsius.  I would cry if it [...]

Ending 2017 with Forgiveness

As we all turn introspective and reflect back on 2017, I'm lingering on a single word that holds more weight than I can bare... Forgiveness. There were times this year when forgiveness felt like a dirty word. Packed with implications of pain, loss and emptiness, it felt like forgiveness meant I would be condoning whatever it was that happened, and opening myself up to more of it. It felt like if [...]

Goodbye Fear, Hello World

One of the most frequent things I hear from people I meet around the world is this: "Id love to do what you're doing but couldn't ever find the guts to actually do it. You are soooo brave." I respond in two ways. In my head: Am I really though?   Half the time I have no idea what I'm doing.   The other half I'm just in pure discovery mode...like [...]

"How I healed my broken heart in Finland" by Dr. Tarryn Bannister

Looking back now, with the doctorate under my belt and currently enjoying a peaceful relationship, I can see that my 2014 heart break turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. I am more decisive now and I know what “I” want. Prior to us ending the relationship, I had grappled with indecision as to whether I could trust my own intuition. For years I [...]

Happily “Homeless”

It's funny how it's taken all of 840 days, 4 continents and 31 countries plus a visit to California for certain things to REALLY set in.  Sometimes you're moving so fast you don't realize the full gravity of what you're experiencing.  Have you ever been there?  I have...recently, quite a bit. I've spent many days lately letting the fact that I am actually homeless mentally "marinade."  I knew this all along...sort [...]

Dear Diary, I trekked Peru’s Salkantay Trail to one of the World Wonders…and I liked it.

If you would have told me a few years ago I’d end up in Peru with a small backpack trekking up and down mountains and through the jungle (unbathed and without makeup on), I would have laughed so hard my nice red wine would have been spit out and my butt would be on the floor after falling out of my chair.  I used to be as "indoorsy" as a girl [...]

Don’t be afraid to be a Black Sheep if it means following your dreams 

Isn't it funny how deep conversations can get at your hair or nail salon, ladies?  It's always been an interesting concept to me- the whole "tell a stranger your whole life story" thing- and never is that idea more prevalent for women than at their salons.  This concept applies to taxi drivers and bartenders too- they are secret keepers, information gatherers and intuitives.  Perhaps it's the feeling of ease and comfort [...]

"F*%#ing Perfect"

I recently had a near lifelong friend tell me something I can't shake. You ever have one of those conversations that lingers for days and weeks after they happen?  We'd had a few cocktails and all kinds of truths were coming out. The good, the bad and the ugly.  I relished in all of it, the raw honesty. But she shocked me when she said, "You're so damn perfect all the [...]

Life Update (and my BIG plan for Fall) 

This week marks the two year anniversary of the day I left the states on a one-way ticket to freedom. It feels surreal to be celebrating this day two whole years later, when I swear it was just yesterday.  Time is elusive isn't it?! Einstein said that time and space are an illusion. Perhaps this is an example in my life that connects me to that truth. Time flew by faster [...]

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