Travel is our Teacher

Travel is our Teacher

Travel is a very wise teacher. She has taught me more lessons than all of the combined professors and instructors I’ve sat before in a lifetime of classrooms.  It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you travel, I can promise that if and when you choose to step out into her school to see… more…

No 2015 Goals? No Problem.

No 2015 Goals? No Problem.

I love new starts, new years, and everything about resolutions. But I’m here to tell you a secret. If you haven’t made any life changing goals for 2015 yet, you aren’t destined to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year.  In fact, you may be setting yourself up for your best year ever…. more…

Upgrade Your Bucket List: How to Wander Well

Upgrade Your Bucket List: How to Wander Well

I’ve been traveling the globe for more than 20 years, and one thing hasn’t changed–the constant questions from friends, family and complete strangers about how I do it. So, here’s some news. I’ve been secretly saving up these questions for 20 years and I finally put them all into a book. It’s called Upgrade Unlocked:… more…

An Unconventional Invitation

An Unconventional Invitation

 Today I left a meeting that was dismissed with this unusual benediction: “Go, Make Your Life Unexplainable.”  I pulled on my coat and paused as I processed these words. Was this a challenge to go out and do something insane today? Or was this another invitation from the universe reminding me to be authentically me?… more…

Beauty and the Beholder

Beauty and the Beholder

From the time I was a child I remember hearing that ‘Beauty is in the eye of the beholder’.  It’s a catchy phrase, and one that teachers and parents have used for years to instill in us tolerance and acceptance of other peoples choices. Today, however, I’ve decided to declare: This is rubbish. Yep, I’m… more…

People, Portraits and Prizes

People, Portraits and Prizes

PRIZES?  Yes! Keep reading. Back when I lived in Sudan (and couldn’t run), I was working as a story writer and photographer. The land in Sudan was as barren as barren could be. There wasn’t much to work with in the way of landscape photography. The roads were dirt, the homes constructed of sticks and mud,… more…

Running: For So Many Reasons

Running: For So Many Reasons

Yesterday I ran ten miles in Paris. I circled the arc, passed under the Eiffel tower, and wound my way along the Seine to Notre Dame. I dodged tourists, tripped on cobblestones, and spent a lot of time thinking as the French summer sun shone on each of my steps. I often run in cities… more…