Reaching the Peak

We stood looking at the glacier as the clouds opened up layers of mountain flowing around trees, rocks, and grassland below Our guide asked us a simple question, one that felt bigger than it sounded From here, how does it seem to you- to reach the peak? I looked hard at that distant point I... Continue Reading →

In My Body

Connecting more with my body is a skill I am practicing. To experience my visceral self more often is my goal. I spent the majority of my life living in my head, swamped in my own thoughts, and troubled by fears or false beliefs. As I reflected on this practice, I noticed how extreme sports... Continue Reading →

Presence

This word gets tossed around quite a bit in the self-improvement world. It's also creeped its way into hipster crowds, as Pinterest fanatics post numerous quotes like, 'Live in the Now,' or 'Just Be.' Are we skimming the surface here? Is this topic being breezed over in an attempt to feel more connected with others?... Continue Reading →

What Can I Control?

I began sweating early this morning. Presentations were today and my reaction made me wonder if this is how parents feel when their children perform, compete, or showcase their work. I wanted visitors to be impressed. I wanted them to see the excitement in my students' eyes as they discussed their topic. Would they see what... Continue Reading →

Alone

Alone I arrived in Paris, without language or transportation, and found my way to the hotel room. Alone I taught my first lesson to my first class of students, afraid and unprepared. Alone I cared for two extremely sick teens and got them to the Galapagos in time to see the tortoises. Without you there... Continue Reading →

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