Warm cocktail recipes for winter

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a love/hate relationship with winter. I love […]

By |March 6th, 2015|Cocktails, Drinks, Featured|0 Comments

Travel as a Means to Finding a Home

It was three years ago this month that both my best trip and best decision to date saw its final moments on a beach in Costa Rica. Seven months prior, in my “home” of the Carolinas, following several years of struggle that came to a head with a divorce, I sold and gave away everything that couldn’t fit into a backpack, quit my job to start my own business as a freelance writer, and set out to travel the world. Life had lost its luster. In honesty, I wanted an out on life.  If there was anyway I could get out of my work, marriage, home, or life, I was looking for it. So I did. I set out on a journey, with no intended tangible or intangible destination. What resulted was seven months of travel that would change my life, taking me from what felt like an abyss, to feeling like I had been reborn, seeing life with a beauty and wonder that I’m not sure I had even seen  as a child. On that beach I felt a resolve and sense of accomplishment like I had never felt before, as if I could go home and continue on with life. Except my journey wasn’t ending. It was just beginning.

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By |March 25th, 2014|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|15 Comments

What a Karate Class in Okinawa Taught me About the World

I stand in the corner of the room, watching inconspicuously as each kid follows the […]

By |December 17th, 2013|Asia, Featured, Travel|2 Comments

Photo Essay: Reflections on Reflections

Anyone who knows anything about me knows there is one things I like. Alright, throw […]

By |November 15th, 2013|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|7 Comments

Los Angeles: A Walking and Public Transit City

Ugh. I hope you don’t have to drive much. I have a hard time seeing […]

By |November 7th, 2013|Featured, Travel, US (West Coast)|14 Comments

Falling in Love…with the Journey to a Place Called Home – Part 2

I pulled the heavily-laded SUV to the end of the driveway and paused momentarily, looking […]

By |August 29th, 2013|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|26 Comments

Las Vegas, my Achilles’ Heel

“Should we get the margarita in the yard test tube or the strawberry daiquiri in […]

By |March 15th, 2013|Featured, Travel, US (West Coast)|14 Comments

12 Things I learned in 2012

At the end of 2010 I found myself saying that 2010 had brought out both […]

By |December 28th, 2012|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|22 Comments

Travel as an Exercise in Thanksgiving

There’s such serenity to this moment. My legs dangle off the dock as the sun begins to […]

By |November 20th, 2012|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|5 Comments

Finding Meaning From the Journey and Not the Destination

As I felt the water begin to now permeate both my socks and shoes, I […]

By |October 31st, 2012|Featured, Philosophy, Travel|33 Comments