What I Admitted to My Dad about Love & Relationships…

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Being deeply committed to taking actions I need to that would allow clearing of any love blocks, I found the courage to have some profound heart-opening conversations with my dad. Let me share…there were tears, there was laughter, and there was this awakening of the truth that was hidden in every one of those talks.

Even more remarkable was the heart-open-walls-coming-down-unconditional-love feeling that I received as a result of these chats. It was amazing and unexpected. This is what happens when we choose to show up in a vulnerable way, rather than not disclose that everything isn’t so perfect or we’re not doing as well as it may seem.

I told my dad I was struggling. I let him know that I was feeling this desire to hide and not really date right [Continue Reading...]

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What to do in Turkey when…

Love this charming city of Kas, Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea! 
GAdventures Absolute Turkey Tour - August 2014.
Love this charming city of Kas, Turkey on the Mediterranean Sea! GAdventures Absolute Turkey Tour - August 2014.

Somehow, I traveled to one country in my last adventure, Turkey, though ended up in two continents, Europe and Asia. That’s right! Did you know that Turkey is a transcontinental country with only about 5 or 6 cities on the Europe side? Well, I didn’t either before my trip. Oh, another fun fact, Istanbul is the only city in the world split between two continents. And the current capital of Turkey is actually Ankara these days. Just some trivia knowledge for you in case you ever find yourself needing to answer these questions.

So today I’ll be sharing a few true stories and traveler survivor insights from my recent adventure to Turkey with the GAdventures tour group. Besides that I’ll also speak about how to really make your trip memorable (whether [Continue Reading...]

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Celebrated my birthday in Cappadocia. And that’s not all…

Cappadocia Hike on my birthday! - Cappadocia, Turkey, August 2014 - Absolute Turkey GAdventures Tour
(Oh, by the way, Arianna Huffington shared this same photo on Instagram!! #HowIThrive #CRSelf)
Cappadocia Hike on my birthday! - Cappadocia, Turkey, August 2014 - Absolute Turkey GAdventures Tour (Oh, by the way, Arianna Huffington shared this same photo on Instagram!! #HowIThrive #CRSelf)

About a year ago, I made a promise to myself that for as long as I’m single and without children, I would travel in the same month as my birthday. And so in keeping with that promise, I ended up in Cappadocia, Turkey on my actual birthday. For the first time, I didn’t worry or have major expectations about my actual birthday plans. I knew I’d be in Turkey on my GAdventures tour and with my friend Abby and would celebrate somehow or another.

Honestly, I was beyond thrilled to just be out of the country. It had been a more than a year since my last international adventure trip. As the trip approached, I looked closer at the itinerary and realized 5 days into the tour, we’d be in Cappadocia. [Continue Reading...]

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Enough is Enough… (And Mindfulness Approach with 5 Self-Mantras)

Old Westbury Gardens - Long Island, NY - July 2014
Old Westbury Gardens - Long Island, NY - July 2014

Focusing on what’s not happening or what’s wrong is a sure way to keep manifesting the same. And indeed it will only bring you more of what you don’t want. Then bam…Frustration and the lack of control feelings arise to the 10th degree. Ever have that happen? Well, I’ve definitely fallen into this trap before.

Oh and then there’s those moments, where it’s taking your spirit for life and challenging you in ways like no other. All we then desire is to have everything go back to being Normal. So we can get back part of ourselves that has gone missing. We may even be begging, pleading, and praying. Asking why and when it will all be over.

Because what we desire is that freedom, to feel like ourselves again.

Though, what if, [Continue Reading...]

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Ever Find Yourself Asking: Is It Really Worth It?

Rooftop Sunset View in New York City - 6/2014
Rooftop Sunset View in New York City - 6/2014

That moment when you hear back from a big publication that they won’t be accepting your article…Disappointing, to say the least. You had your heart set on it. You really believed in your story and could swear it was the right writing style for this column.

Because you did your research and read months and months of articles. You challenged yourself to go deeper, sharing insights, in a memoir style. You did the very best you could do. About seven or so revisions, critiqued by fellow writers, a writing professor, and an editor. Nonetheless, you learned that it wasn’t right for their needs.

But I just don’t understand? Am I just wasting my time by investing in my passion of writing? Will this ever become more than what it is today? Will [Continue Reading...]

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