Category self-awareness

Being a Professional

In a July interview with Jimmy Chin, Alex Honnold Chin ended the conversation asking Honnold if he had a favorite quote. Below is Honnold’s response: What is your favorite quote or motto? Carpe diem maybe? I don’t really have a favorite. I take that back! My favorite quote might be by Julius Irving: ‘Being a […]

The Best Day

Yesterday was my last day in Costa Rica. If you don’t feel like reading this whole post, skip to the last four paragraphs. Seriously. Typically I woke with the sunrise. Atypically, I got up. I dressed in my running shorts and tank top and went downstairs to begin my exercises. Last year, I celebrated Thanksgiving […]

Ego. Fog. Trust.

Does it ever feel like the world is conspiring to make you go crazy? To make you question your purpose? To challenge your idea of your Self and your identity? Thursday I got off work early. I was totally pumped. My plan was to have coffee with a friend, review my new maps for our […]

Women’s Tuscany Trek May 11-18, 2013

Attention Ladies (Or gentlemen who know ladies)! May 11-18, 2013, we will be exploring Tuscany and our dreams! My beautiful life and business partner Kim, and one of our mentors Colleen, and I will be guiding nine women on foot from Montepulciano to Siena. However, we will be walking only four days of the eight […]

Travel Like A Five-Year-Old

“Yesterday is ashes; tomorrow wood. Only today does the fire burn brightly.” – Eskimo proverb As I said in a previous post, I was in Atlanta visiting family. On Friday night, my sister  Donna and brother-in-law Matt and I were sitting on their deck enjoying a nightcap. They had just put my nephew Jackson and […]

“You can’t keep an old broad down!”

My grandmother used more aphorisms than anyone I knew. They weren’t famous sayings and they might not have been her words to begin with, but they became hers. As annoying as it was to walk into the kitchen, bleary-eyed, after a night of twenty-something binge-drinking, and have her say, “You can’t soar with the eagles […]

Mountain Biking & The Highest Form of Research

The high today was about 30F. Not terribly warm, but not as cold as it could have been. More importantly, it was sunny. I bundled up (which included coercing neoprene booties over my cycling shoes) and headed for the trail with my dog in tow. I pedaled, he ran (often times stopping immediately in front […]

Movember 10: Alexander the Great and Rue

I’m nearly one-third of the way through this thing, and already I hate it. I hate the shaving. I hate the generally putting energy into my appearance. By no means am I slovenly, but, as previously stated nor do I shave this much. I mean, good lord. Alexander the Great promoted shaving in his troops, […]

The Solace of Travel

 As long as he was merely pulling down the curtain of one landscape behind him and raising that of another in front of him, as long as he was merely driving, he did not need to make plans for the future, to decide how he should live, or even whether he should live. The above […]

An Adventure in Projects

My mother can’t sit still. Neither can I. In spite of years of a semi-regular meditation practice, exercising like crazy, giving up caffeine (seldom and sporatic), and a host of other techniques, I still can’t sit still. In fact, the most accurate term for my behavior is “squirmy”.  I squirm. A lot. For ages I […]