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Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey

Home is where ______ is [LTJ]

Home is… a great big cloud of uncertainty. A concept I could mull over endlessly. And a topic I’ve written about in the past.

Here’s what I landed on a few months ago:

It’s when you finally feel at peace. When you’re so connected to your environment and your surroundings and the people in it, that you can take a deep breath of fresh, clean air, close your eyes, and smile. It’s when you are the truest version of yourself in a place of safety and love and calm.

Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey

The line between dream and reality [LTJ]

I am in a dream.

If I’m caught up in thoughts of dragons and fantasy and questioning the nature of my reality… well, you can thank HBO for that. Westworld and Game of Thrones have reminded me of some of the more impactful lessons I’ve learned this past several years.

I used to live in my dreams.

When I was a child, I wasn’t very happy. Like most children, I had to live the life that my parents created for me. And while that upbringing and those lessons have left me in a place today that is undeniably great… it wasn’t my choice, so I didn’t like it. Typical!

So I created a world I did like.

Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey

Lessons in love [LTJ]

I used to think I knew everything there was to know about love. That I had it all figured out. Because I was so clever, I’d even managed to find my life partner in my late teens. Lucky me!

To put it simply, I was wrong. I had a juvenile view of what love meant, formed by an odd blend of Disney movies and drama-fueled romantic comedies.

What these movies don’t teach you is reality.

Lifestyle + Wellness Love The Journey

The off the grid challenge [LTJ]

When was the last time you went off the grid? Truly offline and in the moment?

Since I got my first cell phone at 12 years old, I have been plugged in. I haven’t spent more than 24 hours off the grid… until last summer. I spent 7 days on a sailboat and completely disconnected from everything except for my crew and the vast ocean around us.

It was isolating. And it was the most connected I’ve ever been to my reality.

That trip was incredibly challenging, but so worth it. I came back online with a completely new understanding of what connection means. Out in the world, I am surrounded by people… constantly ‘connecting’ with others on social media. But after taking a closer look? I was alone. I wasn’t invested. I wasn’t present. I wasn’t building connections. I wasn’t giving time, heart, or attention to my friends, family, and relationships.

I was as alone in a sea full of people as I was out on the ocean alone with the stars.

Sad, isn’t it?