My New Life in Japan

I watch the rice paddies and steep mountains drift past me. The peaceful scenery calms my wild mind. What does the year have in store for me? I wonder as I near my new home. I’m en route to Fukui City, Japan, in a bus filled with English teachers from all overnthe world. Behind me, Stephanie…

Down and Up the Grand Canyon in a Day

I woke up before dawn to load my pack. The night before I had prepared 12-hours worth of food and water: a few apricots and apples, trail mix, 2 avocados, rice cakes, chocolate and 3 liters of water in a camelback. When I braved the outside, I was greeted by a treacherously windy darkness. What…

Manifesting Your Dreams

I’m facilitating a writing group called “Manifesting your Dreams.” I create the prompts as well as respond to them. Here is my response to the second prompt. Writing Prompt: What goals do you have for the next hour? Today? Next week? Next year? Next 10 years? Your life? How will you feel if you accomplish…

We Meet Again

I visited Grandad today for the first time since I heard he had cancer 6 months ago. I was overwhelmed by the positive energy in the room, despite that he was lying in bed in the hospital. We had a beautiful conversation for about 20 minutes, with my mom and sister present and contributing. He told me…

Spiritual Musings

Two months at a yoga detox raw food center in the Philippines has changed my life. Bahay Kalipay and the people brought me out of my shell in a way I never could have imagined. Jeni Reiko, my aunt who was more like my sister, died while I was on a 9-day hike on Stewart…