Category: Just for Fun

The Allure and Trap of Routines

Our brains naturally gravitate toward routines. We like patterns. It makes life easier, which leaves more energy for non-routine things, like navigating to a new destination or solving a complex problem. When Martin and...

Welcome Home: Shenzhen, China

I start my new job tomorrow. Granted, it’s just training week, but I still have to get dressed up and be somewhere specific for 8 hours continuously. And someone will pay me to do...

Portland’s Rose Garden – Georgia O’Keeffe Style

After visiting the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, I became inspired to create more intimate photographs through extreme close up shots. Coupled with my intense focus on everything subtle during the recent meditation course,...

Learning to Love Vipassana Meditation

The rules were strict. We turned in our car keys, our cell phones, and they locked the gate. The schedule was grueling with at least 10 hours of meditation every day starting at 4:30...

Ride into the Sunset

We walked to the beach to watch the sunset, and then we saw the horse. Martin made friends with Niño and discovered it was only $5 to ride him down the beach. I was...

Purposeful Life

A Purposeful Life

Over our morning Americano, I said to Martin, “I think I’m having an existential crisis.”  Martin responded simply, “It’s about time.”  I was feeling restless and anxious, which came out as anger and impatience....

Training for a Vibrant Life

I don’t like to acknowledge this – My brother’s death in 2002 changed me. Sometimes I think that if I don’t admit how it changed me, then maybe it didn’t happen. But it did...

The Times They Are A-Changin’

“To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.”  ~ Henri Bergson I fool myself, and then something happens and I’m reminded that nothing remains...

Cultivating Happiness

I love Thanksgiving because it celebrates the things we have. Friends, family, food – it’s about just being happy. However, Thanksgiving is also about excess – a gigantic meal, epic shopping deals, orchestrating the...