USA: Sedona and the Desert: Driving into Joy

As I drove out of California, I said my mental goodbyes. Goodbye to my dear family that I love so much, goodbye to all of the wonderful friends that I was able to visit and meet, and goodbye to my past ‘relationship’. Of course, goodbyes aren’t forever but it was very freeing to watch each…

USA: Relationships: The Joy of Gratitude

I spent most of my time this past year dating one particular man. He wasn’t my usual type but I was attracted to him initially on a different level – feeling as though my soul was pulling him towards me. We connected easily and had some deep, spiritual conversations right from the start. Our first…

USA: COVID-19 Pandemic: And I Wait…

I arrived back to the US on a bit of a high horse of awakened spirituality. “I’m going to change the state of this country!” I said. “I am going to set forth healing one person at a time.” How that was going to happen was beyond me but I knew that I had to…

Vietnam: Back to Reality…

“Fi-re  e-quip-ment,” I said slowly.   “What?” asked my poor young Chinese student, her pretty face scrunched in confusion.   “FIRE EQUIPMENT,” I said louder, trying to drown out the Vietnamese man yelling right next to me.   “What?” asked the poor, sweet girl again.   The rain fell faster and harder on the small…

Vietnam: Coronavirus times: Listen to your Body

I’ve undergone a lot of self-transformation and growth this year. I dealt with some repressed memories from traumatic events from my childhood and in the process, moved my thought processes and awareness to another level. I ‘leveled up’ in my mind. I even had a funeral for the ‘old shallower’ me. Throughout this time, in…

Around the World: Healing from Trauma

A few months ago in New Zealand, I found myself gripping the dashboard of a car in terror while a wild (beardless) man nearly killed me with his psychotic driving. This traumatic event opened the memory floodgates of another traumatic event from my life that I have never ever ever ever talked about (not even…

New Zealand: Finding that Silver Lining

After a traumatizing event like I had (See: New Zealand), all I wanted to do was throw in the towel, go home, and live a normal life. Luckily, I have amazing friends from home who quickly got me out of the situation when I didn’t have cell service and barely any WIFI. The town of…

USA: Relationships: Monogamy, Marriage and the Art of Redefining

My lifestyle makes it hard to have relationships. I’m always on the go…traveling, wandering and visiting my friends and communities around the world. Yet, every now and again, I find someone and their place that makes my heart ache when I have to leave. Circumstances don’t usually allow me to stay longer but also, I’m…

India: Ladakh: Markha Valley: The Summit and the Sham Trek

On the summit day of our highest pass, I felt my boundless energy rising to a level that I couldn’t contain anymore. I love hiking straight up and this was going to be the highest peak that I climbed (…except I had to climb the last 20 minutes or so of Khardung La pass during…