This past year, I have been opening my heart and practicing more vulnerability in the hopes that living more exposed, is living more freely. So, with that vulnerability, I want to share something I’ve struggled with for many years.
Corinne is one of my very best friends and she currently lives in Vancouver. We have lived in separate cities for the past 4 years, but thankfully, we’ve been able to see each other regularly. We’ve met up in Toronto, San Francisco, and LA twice; I was determined to make it to Vancouver this year. I had been to Vancouver a couple of times in the past, but only for work – this was my first time really getting to relax and enjoy the city.
When I first moved to LA, people started recommending me “all the great hikes here I simply had to do” – to which I would smile and then silently file in my “thanks but not for me” drawer.
To me – hiking was basically the opposite of an activity I would enjoy. Something for those who owned “gear.” I thought it was laden with rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and cliffs – none of which existed on my fair and gentle isle in Canada.
Buying groceries (and using them all!) to make 90% of your meals at home results in major money saving and healthier eating, but it does require planning. Although I don’t think it’s a ‘one-size-fits-all’ sort of thing, below is the template Greg and I follow consistently, in case any of the elements appeal to you and make sense for your life 🙂
This spring, Greg and I decided to take a trip to Japan as our sort-of “late honeymoon.” It had been on my destination radar since I was a kid (because my dad’s band toured there) and I remember thinking there was nowhere more fascinating and far-away sounding than “Tokyo.” I filed it away as a place I someday wanted to see.
I used to think, unequivocally, that everyone should travel. I would have said, “Go! Travel! See! Feel!” to anyone who would listen.