The first and only real problem I’ve had in Mexico is the heat. The temperature hovers between 83-87 degrees Fahrenheit (dropping to the mid-70s in the early hours of morning), but the humidity is thick and AC is a rare luxury.Read More
It started a while ago—this strange and urgent feeling that I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing. Sometimes it would manifest itself at work, and I’d feel a tight stirring in my chest, a sensation like butterflies trapped in a jar trying in vain to escape.Read More
When you start to get sick or feel less than your best, what's the first thing you do? Do you look for medicine, book a doctor's appointment, or try to ignore it? Do you ask for a loved one's opinion or consult WebMD? Do you ever take a moment to pause and ask yourself what your body's behavior means? Or where it's coming from?Read More
I was rifling through a little notebook of quotes I have—simultaneously contemplating my day, my attitude, my relationships, my job, my purpose in life, and my position in the world (just a casual Tuesday)—when I saw this quote.Read More
Valentine's Day is this weekend, meaning it's the perfect opportunity to ooze romantic sentiment, but instead I want to offer a different take on the concept of love. More importantly, on what and whom we choose to love, and how these choices affect who we are and how we live.Read More
Focusing so much on what I think should be happening in my life, instead of embracing the moment and the process, becomes stifling. It's impossible to be open to the beauty, possibility, and wonder of the universe if I'm always fixated on one specific thing happening.Read More
This past week has me feeling heavy. I’ve felt heavy with the devastating news of recent school shootings in the U.S. and horrific stories of Syrian refugees abroad trying simply to survive. I’ve been struggling to process and understand the loss I see perpetuated on my television screen, on my Facebook newsfeed, in the chatter of colleagues and neighbors.Read More
Ever since I started writing online, I’ve become highly aware of other writers online. I used to click through articles I discovered on my Facebook newsfeed or through my Flipboard app and read them without a thought about who wrote them. I read, skimmed, scrolled, and closed my browser.Read More
It’s been a while since I’ve written on this platform, or at all for that matter. It’s been a while since I’ve shared my thoughts on current events, my favorite travel destinations or my stream-of-consciousness musings on the synchronicity of life. What once was a flurry of travel-related articles and how-to pieces and reflective posts morphed quickly into a vast, blank slate disguised as a clean white Word Document with a blinking cursor.Read More
How often do you enter a difficult situation without dread?
How often do you confront obstacles because you feel inspired instead of obligated?
How often to you greet a Monday morning feeling empowered by the week’s possibilities, instead of weighted down by its mundane certainties?Read More
I’m not an outwardly political person. I don’t often weigh in on news, celebrity scandal or major jury decisions via Facebook or other social media sites. I tend to skirt the subject of politics when talking to people with whom I’m not extremely close. I worry about how others will perceive me if I voice my concerns over controversial issues.
But, like so many other Americans, I cannot stay quiet right now. I feel compelled to speak out in the face of recent decisions over Eric Garner’s death.Read More
A few weeks ago I was in a slump. The slump consisted in part of me feeling confused about how to establish the type of career as a writer that I want—or at least the type that I think I want. That is, a career that is intellectually stimulating, creatively challenging, fulfilling, collaborative and fueled by my passion for travel, self-development, mindful living, books or something else I can get behind. It would also be nice if there were some type of salary involved.Read More
This past weekend I attended Oprah’s “The Life You Want” tour in Seattle, Washington with my mom. I sat mesmerized as I listened to speeches from Oprah, Mark Nepo, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell and Iyanla Vanzant. Oprah and her team created an equally intimate and fun space to discuss “the things that matter in life…things like joy, resilience, awe, connection and gratitude.”Read More
Keep the promises you make to yourself
For the past few weeks, I’ve been trying something new. I’ve been waking up at the exact time I said I would when I set my alarm the night before. I have not swiped my finger across my phone screen only to roll over and snuggle into my sheets, assuring myself that because getting out of bed feels so difficult I must desperately need the sleep. This is logic I’ve used for years, despite the fact that I generally sleep around 8 solid hours every night.Read More
Progress, not perfection
As a millennial, as a product of the technology-obsessed world in which I live, and as a human being, I fall into the habit of comparing myself to the people around me. Even the people I’ve never met, like the ones on my Twitter feed, often get my begrudging nod of approval from behind the computer screen.Read More
If I look back at the picture of my life so far, I see patterns of waves. There are waves of high achievement and prosperity followed by waves of stagnation and routine. There are waves of growth and radical introspection followed by waves of unthinking apathy. There are waves of acute, transcendent happiness followed by waves of perpetual disappointment.Read More
1. Embrace the uncertainty of the future
It’s far too easy for me to become bogged down in the uncertainty of the future. Just yesterday I was having a conversation with my friend Sarah about this. She admitted to feeling anxious about not knowing what her life would look like in ten years, while I said I would be anxious if I did know exactly what my life would look like in ten years.Read More