I am a Doctor of Physical Therapy in constant exploration of my various interests. I am passionate about indulging in the arts and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. As of July 2016, I am working as a Travel Physical Therapist, and would love to share my experiences.
| September 28, 2016 |
Some people feel like they don’t deserve love.
They walk away quietly into empty spaces,
trying to close the gaps of the past.
– Jon Krakauer, Into The Wild –
I was re-watching one of my favorite movies, Into the Wild, and felt a knot in my stomach the whole time. I could feel the loneliness and frustration of Christopher McCandless as he realized he needed companionship in his travels. Happiness only real if shared. In my current travels to the state of Washington, I’ve had incredible adventures and have felt more connected with myself than every before. Yet, there’s always a part of me that will want to share it with someone meaningful. To have a hand to hold, an arm to snuggle into, someone to ponder life’s complexities with while laying under the stars…
Below are more thoughts, complemented by photos from the house where my family and I stayed on San Juan Island, Washington…
| September 27, 2016 |
I really don’t want you to be overly impressed here. I have to be honest: I knew barely anything about outdoor excursions before I started adventuring in Washington, and I still recognize there is tons to learn. Between local REI classes, getting outside to play, and having trusted friends as guides, I definitely feel more adept in outdoor survival, from preparation to execution of single/multi-day adventures.
So how do we prepare for outdoor adventures in the backcountry? Well, there are “10 Essentials” to consider when wandering into the wilderness, which focus on necessity. A fun fact? The Mountaineers in Seattle actually first named these 10 Essentials in the 1930’s! Since they haven’t changed much, I guess they’re pretty important.
I’m going to add my twist on this, mentioning: (1) Special considerations in the Pacific Northwest, (2) KConn additional essentials, and (3) HOW UNIMPORTANT IT IS TO COLOR COORDINATE YOUR GEAR.
Read on, adventurer…
| September 12, 2016 |
The subtleties of my New York accent are barely noticed here in Olympia, Washington, but they surface every so often. People are starting to pick on on the W’s I add to my words when I talk (pronounced: tawk), which is really pretty awesome (pronounced: awwh-sum). When I ask for a cup of caw-fee in the mornin’, you can fuhgeddabout the suga, but I’ll likely have a Long Island (pronounced: Lawn Guy Land) bagel on the side. I’m used to Italians who speak with their hands, accentuate their words, and don’t tone down the volume for anyone. Oh, and I also (almost always) refuse to eat pizza outside of New York. Especially if the “pizza place” doesn’t sell pizza by the slice (preposterous).
But… Being from New York isn’t just an accent, or a slice of pizza. It’s a lot more. When I think back to 15 years ago, I think of the friends I had in school whose parents never came home on September 11, 2001. I think about my uncle who should have been in the World Trade Center that morning, or my uncle who saw the smoke from blocks away in his office building. I think of the men and women who lost, and the men and women who rose up as heroes when our nation needed it most.
| July 4, 2016 |
Howdy Fellow Dreamers – I’ve got some news for y’all!
It’s been hard to keep this secret from this blog, but due to my recent travels and transitions, I’ve been a little too busy to give into temptation to share earlier.
We’ve talked about my feeling of being “stuck” in Florida after 13 months living the salt life, followed by an inspirational trip in Tanzania where I reached a catharsis – my “aha” moment. Once I saw I no longer belonged in Florida and it was time to rejuvenate in New York, I thought, What’s next? I opened my heart to a new path to fulfill my deepest desire to live outside my comfort zone and explore the world so I could learn and grow exponentially. I started exploring my options and realized that opportunity is everywhere!
Which brings me to today…
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