Truths & Travel: Mexico, Part 2


“You are just as worthy, deserving, and capable of creating and sustaining extraordinary health, wealth, happiness, love, and success in your life, as any other person on earth. It is absolutely crucial … that you start living in alignment with that truth.” – Hal Elrod, The Miracle Morning My first Mexico Motivational Morning I first…

Truths & Travel: Mexico, Part 1


“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves Travels to colonial Querétaro, Mexico Exactly one month ago today, I arrived in Querétaro, Mexico for a life-changing experience that would alter my mindset and set me…

Lancaster Roots & Blues Festival, 2019 ~


“As a little kid, blues meant hope, excitement, pure emotion. Blues were about feelings. They seem to bring out the feelings of the artist and they brought out my feelings as a kid. They made me wanna move, or sing, or pick up Reverend’s guitar and figure out how to make those wonderful sounds.” ― B.B….

Improv Lessons, Fun? Yes! And…


After 8 weeks, I’ve finished my (2nd) Level 1 Improv Class! I initially decided to take it over the winter to keep myself from hibernating but found that it also helped me get let go and have fun, laugh, and improve my practice of being present. Here are five reasons why I loved the improv…

Improv = Laughs & Learning to Listen


“THERE ARE NO MISTAKES, only opportunities.” – Tina Fey Recently I attended the Steel Stacks Improv Festival for a laugh-all-day, no breaks, improv-all-day event that was jam-packed with talented people doing amazing improv comedy on stage. It was awesome and so much fun. Yes, And… that’s what Improv is all about. Accepting what is presented,…

New Year, New Beliefs, New Challenges


It’s already half-way through January of 2019 and I’m struggling to keep my new self in balance. I set so many resolutions, I created a 20×30 graph and hung it up next to my standing desk, to remind myself of all the goals and actions I’m taking every week. Two weeks in, I’m struggling to…

How to Make an AWESOME Vision Board for 2019 Goals!!


I’ve been doing Vision Boards, using magazines, glue, and poster board, for the past year. Creating boards each month, and sometimes multiple boards per month, focusing on a topic or mood. (Career Goals and Happy Thoughts) I’ve created them on my own and with friends and I’ve found that I really love the time I…

Austin Adventures, Part 5: The Journey & Returning Home


“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing.” ~Seneca On my final morning in Austin, Texas, I took the rental car, drove down…

Setting Goals for 2019~ Intentions, Expectations for Success!


After reviewing my 2018 highlights and struggles, I’m working through looking towards the next year with a strategic plan for success and moving towards a more inspiring, rewarding, exciting, purposeful, and powerful life full of challenge and I don’t have all the answers, but here’s where I am at this moment: What do I really…

The 2018 Year in Photos & Review


What was time very well spent this year? Self Development, Journaling – I’ve developed the daily habit of journaling my thoughts using the Daily Stoic Journal, as well as a notebook, and now I’m also using the Sweet Ass Journal to Develop Your Happiness Muscle in 100 Days. Journaling has not only helped me better…

Austin Adventures, Part 3: Facing Fear


Since I was a kid, I’ve had a fear of doing things that are outside of my comfort zone. When I started traveling earlier this year, I decided that each trip would include something that pushes me past self-limiting beliefs. This is the third part in my Austin Adventures series, check out Part 1 &…

Flying/Traveling and Essential Oils


I’ve found that I really enjoy bringing essential oils when I travel for a number of reasons. I feel like the biggest benefit to oils is that they help calm and ground me and when I’m literally in the air, with feelings of anxiety about arriving safely or just what to expect when I arrive somewhere,…

Discovering Essential Oils- Join me!


This year my focus has been on wellness and finding peace and happiness in being alone and discovering how essential oils have helped me to be calm and feel a sense of relaxation. I first started using oils for neck pain and stress relief, but I quickly realized that I could use it for making…

Watkins Glen, walking under waterfalls and being a weekend warrior


Journal entry: Today is going to be about being present and mindful in my experiences, with friends and others around me, to be and feel amazing.  Earlier in the year, I had mentioned to one of my best friends, Jen, about taking a trip to Watkins Glen to see the amazing waterfalls. We decided we’d…

Denver Experience, Part 4


September 28 Journal Entry: I believe in the power of just being aware of the space where you are, and I love that about our group. We talked about our challenges and what’s stopping us from moving closer to this life we want.  Friday morning kicked off the Location Indie Denver Experience, the conference that…

Denver Experience, Part 3


This is the third in a series of stories from my experience traveling to Denver, Colorado. Please read the second one here.  September 26 Journal Entry: As I stepped onto the gravel pathway, I took a deep breath and closed my eyes, I took a moment to be grateful for this moment, and vowed to…

Denver Experience, Part 2


  September 24 Journal Entry- This week will challenge me, drive me, and motivate me. I think about all the possible outcomes and know that the people I meet are going to have such a profound effect on my life. I will take what I learn and write about it, finding ways to use the…

Denver Experience, Part 1


“Dare to live the life you’ve always wanted.” As I walked on the gravel trail through City Park in Denver, I thought about how I got here, to this amazing and vibrant city. The air was different in Denver, and I was different, I was so excited on the plane because I knew I’d meet…

10 Years, 100 Lbs, 1000 lessons


“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the unlived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance.” ― Steven Pressfield 10 years ago I made a decision that I was going to put myself first. I was going to make significant changes to my lifestyle, to get the body I wanted,…

One red balloon offers a bird’s-eye view


“Use every person’s skill set to the fullest. Both optimists and pessimists contribute. An optimist invents the hot air balloon, and a pessimist invents the parachute.” ― Ramesh Lohia and Surbhi Lohia The annual Lancaster Hot Air Balloon Festival kicked off on Friday, Sept. 8 and eager to capture some images of the balloons, I drove…

Discovering Adventure & Strength while Kayaking in the Susquehanna River


“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Lucius Annaeus Seneca It started as a calm, breezy Sunday evening. After a very productive weekend of household chores, writing, and journaling, I wanted to enjoy the remaining few hours of the weekend out on the river with a friend, relaxing in a kayak on the…

Balance at Raymondskill Falls


“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations On a recent hike, I found myself working to keep myself balanced on rocks in a stream, to keep from falling in, getting my tennis shoes wet. It takes an effort to keep from…