| May 2, 2016 |
I fell in love the way you fall asleep:
Slowly, and then all at once.
– John Green, “The Fault in Our Stars” –
I never thought it would be this difficult to verbalize my two weeks in Tanzania. It seems as if I were away for an eternity with the amount I learned and grew during my Volunteer Mission Trip with EduTours Africa. It is now one week since my return to the United States, and I’ve finally weaved through the 1.5K photos I took, read my handwritten journal (yes, I was tech-free on this trip), and processed my experiences (kind of). Before I left for Tanzania, I thought I understood the magnitude of “wanderlust,” but my experience in East Africa gave my wanderlust heart a new beat. As I journeyed with like-minded Physical Therapists and DPT students, I felt inspired beyond comprehension. The culture, landscapes, and people I encountered in the country enhanced my belief in the good of the world and the expansive, unimaginable beauty afar. I was in constant awe, with each day posing new surprises and deepening my appreciation for Tanzania and Africa. In a mere two weeks, I felt completely integrated into the culture, and one with the people.
Disclaimer: I attempted to limit this list to 5 items, but it would do injustice to my true feelings for Tanzania and East Africa. So, here’s my not-so-succinct, 13-item list of ways I fell in love with Tanzania.
| April 24, 2016 |
This month’s journey to Tanzania, Africa, was the longest travel itinerary I’ve endured, requiring multiple stops from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport:
Fort Lauderdale(FLL)Atlanta(ATL) Amsterdam(AMS) Kilimanjaro(JRO)
Through the process of booking flights and coordinating with the rest of the Mission Trip group (students from Northwestern University in Chicago, and other Physical Therapists), I decided to leave a day earlier than the group to get a taste of Amsterdam. My itinerary only allowed a 24-hour period from 10:30am on Sunday to a 10:15am flight on Monday. Hence, the challenge: Experiencing the essence of Amsterdam in a mere 24-hour period…
| April 23, 2016 |
Greetings, Fellow Dreamer! No matter how you navigated to my site, I’m happy you’re here.
I started blogging about my passions in August 2015 on a page owned by Weebly. However, I eventually realized the limitations of the site, and dreamed of creating a custom site to capture my essence. There began the slow, soul-searching process of creating this site! Through infinite video tutorials, meditations, and dreams, the vision of my custom blog was born. Voila!
On this site, I’ll be discussing the following topics:
Travel / Adventure
Travel tips (accommodations, airlines, packing lists), travel itineraries, bucket list items, local finds, journeys afar, outdoor activities (i.e. camping, hiking, climbing, etc.), travel/adventure products, and sources of inspiration.
Mindfulness / Spirituality
Mind-body connection, meditation, yoga, following your heart, fearless living, and ways to enjoy life’s journey.
Lifestyle / Wellness
Integrating habits, living with love and gratitude, healthy eating, and conscious living.
My overall mission? To inspire people to follow their hearts and live the life they’ve always imagined. In an individualistic society where independence is overvalued, I challenge our culture to create a shift: to connect and co-create. Through our connection, we can reach new levels of inspiration and personal satisfaction.
While manifesting this site, my dreams have also been coming to fruition, and I’m bursting with thoughts and ideas to share with you.
But wait… there’s more!
| January 7, 2016 |
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I’ve been feeling under the weather the last few days, filled with sleepless nights, congested sinuses, and pounding headaches. I’ve been flooding my body with: sleep, fluids (green juice 3x/day, coconut water, Alkaline water), tea (Traditional Medicinals® Echinacea Plus Elderberry), sleep, a variety of essential oils in my diffuser (Eucalyptus, Thieves, Purification, Peppermint, Lavender), sleep (did I mention this?), and a giant pot of healthy soup (recipe by KConn).
Perhaps it was too much to travel to NY for Christmas, return to Florida for 3 days, and again depart to Boston for New Year’s. My body is excellent at fighting away infection and sickness, and it seems to be working overtime this round. I know I will feel better with my healthy rituals in no time. Nonetheless, the amount of sleep I’ve embraced in the last two days has been abundant with inspiring dreams. My dreams are usually quite clear upon waking, and in the last few months, they’ve been resonating with me and providing lasting inspiration. Rather than waking and forgetting the previous night’s dreams, they have stayed with me. Over the last two days, I’ve gone on numerous adventures and reached a new level of excitement for 2016. I’m so ready for this year! (Once my body is done fighting this sickness, I’m sure I’ll be even MORE ready).
Okay so. We’ve already discussed my soulful goals for 2016, but the “Infinite Possibilities Project” has inspired me to think of 2016 in an even grandeur way. In this 30-day project, Mike Dooley (creator of “TUT-The Universe Talks” and “Notes from the Universe”) inspires us to shape our year based on our deepest desire and goals. Every day, he posts videos and activities to awaken our dreams.