Poetry for Your Soul

Healing words from your most loving self.

Why Do We Scare All of the Men Away?

Are you one of those women? You know, the one who cares too much? Wants too much? Says too much? Feels too much? Loves too much? Is too much? Who doesn’t do casual? Wears her heart on her sleeve? Falls too hard and too deep? Are you one of those women Who blames...

A Love Letter From a Woman to Her Jungle

  When I touched you today it felt like the first time like the first time I touched you. And when I saw you I saw you more beautiful than I forgot to remember you.     No mildew of old stories no residues of past pains no expectations or plans. Just you and I in the...

Reuniting With a Long Lost Lover

  Going home is such a strange thing isn’t it?     I mean, I suppose it’s strange to call it strange since it’s something so familiar.     Familiar spaces and faces reminding you of who you’ve been and what you’ve survived. Echoes of your past that almost ache when...

How to Love Yourself Like You’ve Never Been Loved

  Tell me, how do you like to be loved?     Sexually romantically emotionally platonically?     How do you wish your lover would love you? How do you wish your ex had loved you? How does your fantasy of your ideal lover, love you?     Is that the way that you’re...

Coming Home to the Truth of Me

  There it is again. The one I hate to see again. The one I just can’t seem to end. The one who knows the dark places I’ve been.     It tells me I’m too fat and just not very pretty the same thoughts I’ve had since I was eight and itty bitty.   It convinces me I’m...

A Letter to the Man Who Never Loved Me

  I didn't want casual.   I wanted love.     I wanted to fall To throw caution to the wind To lose all logic and control.   I wanted you to take me I wanted you to claim my heart I wanted you to enter me and make me blossom I wanted you to fuck me open to God.     But...

All of the Things That I Don’t Understand

  I don’t understand war.     I don’t understand rape, abuse, and I especially don’t understand a lack of remorse.     I don’t understand why car crashes take precious lives. Why hurricanes and earthquakes and tsunamis surprise. I don’t understand why people have to...

Love the One

  Love the one who feels restless. Who thinks she needs to move to find happiness. Who thinks if she was here or there she’d find completeness. Love that one who wants more.     Love the one whose mind never stops running. Who’d like to have a thought without...

I’m Sorry, But I Have to Run

  I’ve gotten a lot better about adjusting when I come back to the civilized world.     I struggle less in the traffic. I shiver less in the cold. I blend more with the crowd.     I listen patiently as people talk in circles about their unhappiness in their jobs. I...

I Just Need the Earth

  I don't need a paved path     I don't need a resort     I'm happy on a muddy trail     and sleeping in a fort.     I'm not concerned with glitz     or expensive shiny cars     I'd rather not have electricity     so I can see more stars.     I don't need a big casino...

My American Dream

  I'll buy a wooden house in the jungle surrounded by coconut trees.     I'll rent it out to tourists and travel whenever my feet get itchy.     I'll wake each day at sunrise to the sounds of monkey screams.     I'll spring out of bed with excitement and run into the...

Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell You

  You the dreamer who imagines a life so much greater who speaks of things others don’t understand remember restrictions exist only in our minds you can let your imagination run wild.     You the young one with so much possibility with so much uncertainty remember...

Just as You Are

  Why wait to find peace when the traffic jam clears when the work day ends when the pain in your head and your neck cease?     Find peace now. Right now. Just as you are.     Why wait to be happy when the sun decides to shine when you buy a newer car when your...

Am I Wander-lost?

  Will I ever settle? Will I ever stay?     Will this wanderlust spirit ever go away?     Will I understand countries like a wino knows grapes     Will I discover cultural meccas and hidden beach escapes     Will I learn a hundred languages ok maybe just thank you...

Confessions of an Internet Addict

  I confess I'm addicted to Facebook Twitter, Instagram, and Email     I’m addicted to the comments and likes and how special they make me feel.     The first thing I see before bed and the first thing I see when I wake     is the list of status updates on my Facebook...

A Love Letter From a Woman Who Travels Alone

  I want you to know that I am happy. I am so happy that sometimes I wonder if my heart might explode. I am happy with my freedom and I am happy all on my own.     But sometimes I think about you.     I think about how despite how much I love being alone how nice it...

What is Essential?

  Do you ever take a moment to ask what is essential?     What matters most?     If you stripped everything of excess away what would still remain?     What is essential?     Is it showing up to the party in the most stylish outfit that cost as much as a flight to...

Could You Be Love?

  Imagine if fear was just an illusion.     Could you live without restrictions dream without boundaries?     Could you make a decision pursue your passion     express your imagination achieve your vision?     Could you look him, or her, or me, or you in the eye?    ...

Who Am I?

  Am I my name that’s spelled and called rolodexed and scrawled printed on my certificate of birth engraved on my stone of death?     Am I my gender that appoints me a color that dictates my behavior that tells me what gender I can and can’t love?     Am I my job that...

Dare to Dream

  What would you do if you could not fail?     If there was no risk in taking the path less traveled?     If every dream you pursued you achieved?     Would you defy the conventions of your culture? Would you question the parameters of your possibilities? Would you...

You Have the Power

  How strong is your will?     Do you bend to the demands of others     instead of being true to what you want to what you need?     Do you relinquish your power and control readily     lacking the passion to pursue what’s best for you?     Do you lose your drive to...

This is Love

  When you smile for no other reason than to feel and share joy.     When you draw, dance, sing, create when you express what you feel inside.     When you sleep, when you eat, when you stretch, when you rest.     When you set boundaries that make you feel respected....

Wake Up

  Are you sleeping?     Are you distracted are you foggy are you hazy?     Are you conscious of the thoughts that you are thinking?     Are you aware of the movements you are making?     Are you intending on the life that you are living?     Wake up watch the sunrise...

You Are Where You Need to Be

(This post was originally published on The Freedom Experiment, an inspiring blog by a creative, beautiful, sensitive woman who shares her life struggles and triumphs to help others feel less alone. Give The Freedom Experiment a read, it just might change your day.)  ...

How to be Free

  Imagine being truly free.     Free from fear. Free from pain.     Free from the memories that trigger your defenses and build your walls. Free from the stories you show and tell.     Free from your ideas of how you think your life should be. Free from your ideas of...

I Don’t Want to Be a Backpacker Anymore

  I don’t want to stay in another cluttered noisy dorm room.     I don’t want to ask and answer the same tired questions:     “Where have you been,” “Where are you going,” “Where are you from?”     I don’t want to interact on a level of continuous superficiality with...

What You Leave Behind

  For many of us the word travel is synonymous with escape.     Abandoning the responsibilities of our daily lives for a week of pure pleasure.     Soaking in the sun. Enjoying the sights. Losing our inhibitions.     Laying on a poolside lounger with an umbrella...

Listen Up Chicks

  Can you recall a time when you felt ugly insecure desperate jealous rejected lonely imperfect unwanted unworthy?     Was it one year ago was it one week ago was it last night was it today?     Did you dismiss or conceal your emotions to appease to please?     Did...

On Being Brave

  When was the last time you felt really brave?     Did you jump from a limestone cliff into deep dark water? Did you paddle through rushing white tides into the endless horizon? Did you eat a grasshopper, an ant, or a worm?     Did you tell someone a truth that...

This is Not a Travel Blog

  It may surprise you to discover that this is not a travel blog.     I may share photos of Caribbean islands African deserts and Colombian jungles     I may write about packing lists foreign customs and safety     I may sleep in hostels eat street food ride on...

Are You Secure?

  What is it that makes you feel secure?     Is it knowing that you have a roof to reside under?   Is it accumulating green paper into a vault in case one day you need it?   Is it spending your day within the walls of the corner office?     Is it having someone to...

Why I Travel

  I travel to witness and celebrate the beauty of individuality.     I travel to learn to solve problems. Not champagne problems. Survival problems.     I travel to treat my buds to foreign flavors.     I travel to be inspired by new sights and sensations.     I...

Be Here Now

  Check in. Where are you?     Are you here?     Are you here with your body? Are you here with your breath?     Or have you reverted to the past? Have you bypassed to the future?     Are you retracing the steps that have already transpired hoping to somehow change...

What Do You Need “To Do”?

  I have always been someone who loves making lists.   Tracking the many tasks I need to complete crossing items off of the list with a feeling of satisfaction knowing what I have accomplished.     I remember making lists of projects to finish for clients errands to...

Find Your Bliss

  Do you ever stop to notice exactly what it is that brings you bliss?     What it takes for you to find that cathartic moment of overwhelming internal stillness     Where you feel complete unity perfect harmony around you? Within you?     When there is no other place...

Restless

  Last night a Caribbean surfer asked me “do you ever sit still?”   It got me thinking.     I have been virtually incapable of sitting still for as long as I can remember.   Hyperactively running in circles around my backyard half naked screaming “I’m jungle boy!”  ...

You are the Earth

  How connected do you feel to the Earth?     To the sky? To the sea?     To your body to your voice to your breath?     There are times when I do not feel connected at all.     When I feel defined by my thoughts my emotions my worries my fears.     When I feel like...

Am I an Island?

  Is a question I asked recently.   I have certainly stepped foot on many deserted patches of isolated sand and admired how beautiful how pristine how perfect they remain undisturbed, untarnished by the land offshore.   How they manage to be so content completely...

When the Sun Won’t Shine

  Born and raised in Seattle, Washington one might expect I'd be accustomed to the rain. Greeting each gray morning in a sophisticated trench sporting shades to combat the blindingly white overcast sky stepping into rubber wellies to keep my thick wool socks dry.    ...

Fall in Love With Your Life

  wake up in the morning with a smile on your face     know the possibility the daybreak brings     feel your stomach flutter with anticipation     plant your feet firmly on the ground     look at the world with the eyes of a child     observe without judgement    ...

You Deserve it All

  Do you ever wonder why sometimes it feels so difficult, so unnatural, so arduous, to make the choices that make you feel happy?   That make you feel healthy?     Two nights ago, in Manuel Antonio, sitting on a hill overlooking the expansive blue Pacific, with...

You Write the Story of Your Life

  When you imagine the next month the next year the next ten years of your life what do you see?     ' Do you envision yourself reenacting patterns that you know lead to unhappiness because it seems easier to do what you already know than to take a risk on something...

Letting Go Again

  Last year when I started this blog, I wrote a post about letting go. As a reminder to myself.     I was anticipating the confrontation of something I tried to forget, tried to ignore, and refused to let go of.     And months later when I left this little jungle town...

A Mistake is Just a Necessary Detour

  There is no denying that traveling has transformed me. It has helped me grow in ways that I never imagined possible.     But sometimes, still, I find myself going back to my old ways. I find myself re-enacting destructive patterns from my past. I find myself making...

What Are We All Competing For?

  The past few weeks I have been feeling the heaviness of competition. And when I feel competitive, my old friend judgement and my husband perfectionism come to visit. And it does not feel good.   It makes me question myself. Question my own abilities. Question my...

Just Go.

  Alleviate yourself from responsibility.     Quit your job.     Terminate your lease.     Release yourself from codependent relationships.     Let go of of your possessions.     Buy a one way ticket.     Pack as little as possible.     See as much as you can.    ...

Pura Vida

  Two words that mean so much.     Two words that tell me to slow down.     To take the time to be.     To live to love every moment.     To let life flow.     To trust that everything is perfect.     And know this too shall pass.     Pura vida is so much more than...

Don’t Look Back

  Tomorrow I depart for Costa Rica.   The country where I began my travels. The country that I fell in love with. The country that changed me.   And here I am. Already going back. Again. For the sixth time this year.     But this time I have decided to not return to...

Find the Courage to Follow Your Dreams

  Do you ever allow yourself to dream?     To imagine something so extraordinary so incredible so magical the simple thought brings you joy?     Do you embrace it? Do you chase it? Do you judge it? Dismiss it?     Is there something you have always wanted but were too...

Enjoy the Journey

  It may be a bit shocking for you all to know that I am terrified of flying.     Seriously.   Debilitatingly.   Terrified.     So terrified that each time I book a flight, hesitantly drag myself out of bed, slide into the backseat of a taxi, wait patiently through...

You Don’t Have to be Afraid

  In one week I return to Seattle. After exactly one year of travel.   With no home. No car. No money. No plan.   And right now, what I feel, is afraid.     Afraid of where I am. Afraid of where I am going. Afraid of returning to where I once was.     The fear is...

Why Not Love Instead?

  Many of you may know that I am back in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica after an incredible month of traveling through Panama and Colombia. My return to this magical jungle town has been a bittersweet reunion. Distance always makes the heart grow fonder, but being back I am...

New Year, New Story

    Hello friends. It's hard to believe that the last time we spoke was last year.   The year that many superstitious minds thought would end our world altogether. Just between us, I had my own suspicions trapped on a tiny sailboat come the 21st of December...   I am...

Why You Should Let Go Of Being Perfect

  Last week in Panama City strolling the streets of the old town, surrounded by stunning Colonial Spanish architecture I was drawn to the dilapidated remnants, rather than the completed renovations.     Peeling patina revealing layers of the past. Empty interiors...

How to Feel Uncomfortable

  After nineteen hours, three exhausting bus rides, one border crossing, and a meal of plantain chips, yogurt, and cornmeal pudding, I have finally arrived in Panama City.   As I write this I am sitting in the lobby of a hostel, where I have been waiting, for the last...

Sitting Still

  When you feel discomfort do you shift do you change do you move?   Your hair your partner your job your home     Do you hop from one beach, one town, one country to another hoping to find contentment somewhere, anywhere else?   Do you launch yourself into a new...

Do You Have it All?

  Three days ago, I was mugged. For the second time in my life. For the first time traveling.   Don't worry, I am more than ok.    What I didn't expect was how attached I had become to my possessions.     How after leaving my home selling my car and trading in my...

Chin Up Beautiful

]   Life isn't always easy for a girl     Do you feel like you have to be the smartest, the loudest, the boldest to be heard?     the prettiest, the sexiest, the chicest to be seen?     the most generous, most compliant, most selfless to be loved?     Do you know that...

Loving Too Much

  Do you ever feel     like you love     too much?     Like everything would hurt less if you felt less? Gave less? Cared less?     Look Inside     Maybe it's not that you love others too much     but instead     that you don't love yourself    ...

On Being Alone

  When was the last time you were truly alone?     Alone with your mind. Alone with your heart. Alone with your breath.     Away from friends. From family. From lovers. Away from your phone. Your facebook. Your blog. Away from the television. The internet. A book.    ...

The Fishermen Know

    that the sea is dangerous     and the storm terrible     but they have never found these dangers     sufficient reason     for remaining ashore.     Vincent Van...

Go Ahead and Smile

  Pick a flower and put it in your hair.   Run into the ocean with reckless abandon.   Dance like all that exists is you and the music that surrounds you. Let go and laugh. At everything. At nothing at all.   Open your heart and show the gushy parts with pride.  ...

Letting Go

    Are there things you need to let go of?     Too many pairs of impractical shoes Clothing you haven’t worn since another decade or dress size Unusual condiments you used once that now simply clutter your fridge Relationships that make you feel bad more often than...

Treasure Map to Paradise

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Poetry for Your Soul

 
Healing words from your most loving self.

Why Do We Scare All of the Men Away?

Are you one of those women? You know, the one who cares too much? Wants too much? Says too much? Feels too much? Loves too much? Is too much? Who doesn’t do casual? Wears her heart on her sleeve? Falls too hard and too deep? Are you one of those women Who blames...

A Love Letter From a Woman to Her Jungle

  When I touched you today it felt like the first time like the first time I touched you. And when I saw you I saw you more beautiful than I forgot to remember you.     No mildew of old stories no residues of past pains no expectations or plans. Just you and I in the...

Reuniting With a Long Lost Lover

  Going home is such a strange thing isn’t it?     I mean, I suppose it’s strange to call it strange since it’s something so familiar.     Familiar spaces and faces reminding you of who you’ve been and what you’ve survived. Echoes of your past that almost ache when...

How to Love Yourself Like You’ve Never Been Loved

  Tell me, how do you like to be loved?     Sexually romantically emotionally platonically?     How do you wish your lover would love you? How do you wish your ex had loved you? How does your fantasy of your ideal lover, love you?     Is that the way that you’re...

Coming Home to the Truth of Me

  There it is again. The one I hate to see again. The one I just can’t seem to end. The one who knows the dark places I’ve been.     It tells me I’m too fat and just not very pretty the same thoughts I’ve had since I was eight and itty bitty.   It convinces me I’m...

A Letter to the Man Who Never Loved Me

  I didn't want casual.   I wanted love.     I wanted to fall To throw caution to the wind To lose all logic and control.   I wanted you to take me I wanted you to claim my heart I wanted you to enter me and make me blossom I wanted you to fuck me open to God.     But...

All of the Things That I Don’t Understand

  I don’t understand war.     I don’t understand rape, abuse, and I especially don’t understand a lack of remorse.     I don’t understand why car crashes take precious lives. Why hurricanes and earthquakes and tsunamis surprise. I don’t understand why people have to...

Love the One

  Love the one who feels restless. Who thinks she needs to move to find happiness. Who thinks if she was here or there she’d find completeness. Love that one who wants more.     Love the one whose mind never stops running. Who’d like to have a thought without...

I’m Sorry, But I Have to Run

  I’ve gotten a lot better about adjusting when I come back to the civilized world.     I struggle less in the traffic. I shiver less in the cold. I blend more with the crowd.     I listen patiently as people talk in circles about their unhappiness in their jobs. I...

I Just Need the Earth

  I don't need a paved path     I don't need a resort     I'm happy on a muddy trail     and sleeping in a fort.     I'm not concerned with glitz     or expensive shiny cars     I'd rather not have electricity     so I can see more stars.     I don't need a big casino...

My American Dream

  I'll buy a wooden house in the jungle surrounded by coconut trees.     I'll rent it out to tourists and travel whenever my feet get itchy.     I'll wake each day at sunrise to the sounds of monkey screams.     I'll spring out of bed with excitement and run into the...

Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell You

  You the dreamer who imagines a life so much greater who speaks of things others don’t understand remember restrictions exist only in our minds you can let your imagination run wild.     You the young one with so much possibility with so much uncertainty remember...

Just as You Are

  Why wait to find peace when the traffic jam clears when the work day ends when the pain in your head and your neck cease?     Find peace now. Right now. Just as you are.     Why wait to be happy when the sun decides to shine when you buy a newer car when your...

Am I Wander-lost?

  Will I ever settle? Will I ever stay?     Will this wanderlust spirit ever go away?     Will I understand countries like a wino knows grapes     Will I discover cultural meccas and hidden beach escapes     Will I learn a hundred languages ok maybe just thank you...

Confessions of an Internet Addict

  I confess I'm addicted to Facebook Twitter, Instagram, and Email     I’m addicted to the comments and likes and how special they make me feel.     The first thing I see before bed and the first thing I see when I wake     is the list of status updates on my Facebook...

A Love Letter From a Woman Who Travels Alone

  I want you to know that I am happy. I am so happy that sometimes I wonder if my heart might explode. I am happy with my freedom and I am happy all on my own.     But sometimes I think about you.     I think about how despite how much I love being alone how nice it...

What is Essential?

  Do you ever take a moment to ask what is essential?     What matters most?     If you stripped everything of excess away what would still remain?     What is essential?     Is it showing up to the party in the most stylish outfit that cost as much as a flight to...

Could You Be Love?

  Imagine if fear was just an illusion.     Could you live without restrictions dream without boundaries?     Could you make a decision pursue your passion     express your imagination achieve your vision?     Could you look him, or her, or me, or you in the eye?    ...

Who Am I?

  Am I my name that’s spelled and called rolodexed and scrawled printed on my certificate of birth engraved on my stone of death?     Am I my gender that appoints me a color that dictates my behavior that tells me what gender I can and can’t love?     Am I my job that...

Dare to Dream

  What would you do if you could not fail?     If there was no risk in taking the path less traveled?     If every dream you pursued you achieved?     Would you defy the conventions of your culture? Would you question the parameters of your possibilities? Would you...

You Have the Power

  How strong is your will?     Do you bend to the demands of others     instead of being true to what you want to what you need?     Do you relinquish your power and control readily     lacking the passion to pursue what’s best for you?     Do you lose your drive to...

This is Love

  When you smile for no other reason than to feel and share joy.     When you draw, dance, sing, create when you express what you feel inside.     When you sleep, when you eat, when you stretch, when you rest.     When you set boundaries that make you feel respected....

Wake Up

  Are you sleeping?     Are you distracted are you foggy are you hazy?     Are you conscious of the thoughts that you are thinking?     Are you aware of the movements you are making?     Are you intending on the life that you are living?     Wake up watch the sunrise...

You Are Where You Need to Be

(This post was originally published on The Freedom Experiment, an inspiring blog by a creative, beautiful, sensitive woman who shares her life struggles and triumphs to help others feel less alone. Give The Freedom Experiment a read, it just might change your day.)  ...

How to be Free

  Imagine being truly free.     Free from fear. Free from pain.     Free from the memories that trigger your defenses and build your walls. Free from the stories you show and tell.     Free from your ideas of how you think your life should be. Free from your ideas of...

I Don’t Want to Be a Backpacker Anymore

  I don’t want to stay in another cluttered noisy dorm room.     I don’t want to ask and answer the same tired questions:     “Where have you been,” “Where are you going,” “Where are you from?”     I don’t want to interact on a level of continuous superficiality with...

What You Leave Behind

  For many of us the word travel is synonymous with escape.     Abandoning the responsibilities of our daily lives for a week of pure pleasure.     Soaking in the sun. Enjoying the sights. Losing our inhibitions.     Laying on a poolside lounger with an umbrella...

Listen Up Chicks

  Can you recall a time when you felt ugly insecure desperate jealous rejected lonely imperfect unwanted unworthy?     Was it one year ago was it one week ago was it last night was it today?     Did you dismiss or conceal your emotions to appease to please?     Did...

On Being Brave

  When was the last time you felt really brave?     Did you jump from a limestone cliff into deep dark water? Did you paddle through rushing white tides into the endless horizon? Did you eat a grasshopper, an ant, or a worm?     Did you tell someone a truth that...

This is Not a Travel Blog

  It may surprise you to discover that this is not a travel blog.     I may share photos of Caribbean islands African deserts and Colombian jungles     I may write about packing lists foreign customs and safety     I may sleep in hostels eat street food ride on...

Are You Secure?

  What is it that makes you feel secure?     Is it knowing that you have a roof to reside under?   Is it accumulating green paper into a vault in case one day you need it?   Is it spending your day within the walls of the corner office?     Is it having someone to...

Why I Travel

  I travel to witness and celebrate the beauty of individuality.     I travel to learn to solve problems. Not champagne problems. Survival problems.     I travel to treat my buds to foreign flavors.     I travel to be inspired by new sights and sensations.     I...

Be Here Now

  Check in. Where are you?     Are you here?     Are you here with your body? Are you here with your breath?     Or have you reverted to the past? Have you bypassed to the future?     Are you retracing the steps that have already transpired hoping to somehow change...

What Do You Need “To Do”?

  I have always been someone who loves making lists.   Tracking the many tasks I need to complete crossing items off of the list with a feeling of satisfaction knowing what I have accomplished.     I remember making lists of projects to finish for clients errands to...

Find Your Bliss

  Do you ever stop to notice exactly what it is that brings you bliss?     What it takes for you to find that cathartic moment of overwhelming internal stillness     Where you feel complete unity perfect harmony around you? Within you?     When there is no other place...

Restless

  Last night a Caribbean surfer asked me “do you ever sit still?”   It got me thinking.     I have been virtually incapable of sitting still for as long as I can remember.   Hyperactively running in circles around my backyard half naked screaming “I’m jungle boy!”  ...

You are the Earth

  How connected do you feel to the Earth?     To the sky? To the sea?     To your body to your voice to your breath?     There are times when I do not feel connected at all.     When I feel defined by my thoughts my emotions my worries my fears.     When I feel like...

Am I an Island?

  Is a question I asked recently.   I have certainly stepped foot on many deserted patches of isolated sand and admired how beautiful how pristine how perfect they remain undisturbed, untarnished by the land offshore.   How they manage to be so content completely...

When the Sun Won’t Shine

  Born and raised in Seattle, Washington one might expect I'd be accustomed to the rain. Greeting each gray morning in a sophisticated trench sporting shades to combat the blindingly white overcast sky stepping into rubber wellies to keep my thick wool socks dry.    ...

Fall in Love With Your Life

  wake up in the morning with a smile on your face     know the possibility the daybreak brings     feel your stomach flutter with anticipation     plant your feet firmly on the ground     look at the world with the eyes of a child     observe without judgement    ...

You Deserve it All

  Do you ever wonder why sometimes it feels so difficult, so unnatural, so arduous, to make the choices that make you feel happy?   That make you feel healthy?     Two nights ago, in Manuel Antonio, sitting on a hill overlooking the expansive blue Pacific, with...

You Write the Story of Your Life

  When you imagine the next month the next year the next ten years of your life what do you see?     ' Do you envision yourself reenacting patterns that you know lead to unhappiness because it seems easier to do what you already know than to take a risk on something...

Letting Go Again

  Last year when I started this blog, I wrote a post about letting go. As a reminder to myself.     I was anticipating the confrontation of something I tried to forget, tried to ignore, and refused to let go of.     And months later when I left this little jungle town...

A Mistake is Just a Necessary Detour

  There is no denying that traveling has transformed me. It has helped me grow in ways that I never imagined possible.     But sometimes, still, I find myself going back to my old ways. I find myself re-enacting destructive patterns from my past. I find myself making...

What Are We All Competing For?

  The past few weeks I have been feeling the heaviness of competition. And when I feel competitive, my old friend judgement and my husband perfectionism come to visit. And it does not feel good.   It makes me question myself. Question my own abilities. Question my...

Just Go.

  Alleviate yourself from responsibility.     Quit your job.     Terminate your lease.     Release yourself from codependent relationships.     Let go of of your possessions.     Buy a one way ticket.     Pack as little as possible.     See as much as you can.    ...

Pura Vida

  Two words that mean so much.     Two words that tell me to slow down.     To take the time to be.     To live to love every moment.     To let life flow.     To trust that everything is perfect.     And know this too shall pass.     Pura vida is so much more than...

Don’t Look Back

  Tomorrow I depart for Costa Rica.   The country where I began my travels. The country that I fell in love with. The country that changed me.   And here I am. Already going back. Again. For the sixth time this year.     But this time I have decided to not return to...

Find the Courage to Follow Your Dreams

  Do you ever allow yourself to dream?     To imagine something so extraordinary so incredible so magical the simple thought brings you joy?     Do you embrace it? Do you chase it? Do you judge it? Dismiss it?     Is there something you have always wanted but were too...

Enjoy the Journey

  It may be a bit shocking for you all to know that I am terrified of flying.     Seriously.   Debilitatingly.   Terrified.     So terrified that each time I book a flight, hesitantly drag myself out of bed, slide into the backseat of a taxi, wait patiently through...

You Don’t Have to be Afraid

  In one week I return to Seattle. After exactly one year of travel.   With no home. No car. No money. No plan.   And right now, what I feel, is afraid.     Afraid of where I am. Afraid of where I am going. Afraid of returning to where I once was.     The fear is...

Why Not Love Instead?

  Many of you may know that I am back in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica after an incredible month of traveling through Panama and Colombia. My return to this magical jungle town has been a bittersweet reunion. Distance always makes the heart grow fonder, but being back I am...

New Year, New Story

    Hello friends. It's hard to believe that the last time we spoke was last year.   The year that many superstitious minds thought would end our world altogether. Just between us, I had my own suspicions trapped on a tiny sailboat come the 21st of December...   I am...

Why You Should Let Go Of Being Perfect

  Last week in Panama City strolling the streets of the old town, surrounded by stunning Colonial Spanish architecture I was drawn to the dilapidated remnants, rather than the completed renovations.     Peeling patina revealing layers of the past. Empty interiors...

How to Feel Uncomfortable

  After nineteen hours, three exhausting bus rides, one border crossing, and a meal of plantain chips, yogurt, and cornmeal pudding, I have finally arrived in Panama City.   As I write this I am sitting in the lobby of a hostel, where I have been waiting, for the last...

Sitting Still

  When you feel discomfort do you shift do you change do you move?   Your hair your partner your job your home     Do you hop from one beach, one town, one country to another hoping to find contentment somewhere, anywhere else?   Do you launch yourself into a new...

Do You Have it All?

  Three days ago, I was mugged. For the second time in my life. For the first time traveling.   Don't worry, I am more than ok.    What I didn't expect was how attached I had become to my possessions.     How after leaving my home selling my car and trading in my...

Chin Up Beautiful

]   Life isn't always easy for a girl     Do you feel like you have to be the smartest, the loudest, the boldest to be heard?     the prettiest, the sexiest, the chicest to be seen?     the most generous, most compliant, most selfless to be loved?     Do you know that...

Loving Too Much

  Do you ever feel     like you love     too much?     Like everything would hurt less if you felt less? Gave less? Cared less?     Look Inside     Maybe it's not that you love others too much     but instead     that you don't love yourself    ...

On Being Alone

  When was the last time you were truly alone?     Alone with your mind. Alone with your heart. Alone with your breath.     Away from friends. From family. From lovers. Away from your phone. Your facebook. Your blog. Away from the television. The internet. A book.    ...

The Fishermen Know

    that the sea is dangerous     and the storm terrible     but they have never found these dangers     sufficient reason     for remaining ashore.     Vincent Van...

Go Ahead and Smile

  Pick a flower and put it in your hair.   Run into the ocean with reckless abandon.   Dance like all that exists is you and the music that surrounds you. Let go and laugh. At everything. At nothing at all.   Open your heart and show the gushy parts with pride.  ...

Letting Go

    Are there things you need to let go of?     Too many pairs of impractical shoes Clothing you haven’t worn since another decade or dress size Unusual condiments you used once that now simply clutter your fridge Relationships that make you feel bad more often than...

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