Thanks to all the beautiful people I’ve met along my travels!
A reminder to be grateful
Along my travels I’ve been reminded over and over again just how good I have it. I’ve been blessed beyond belief to have been born in the US, have access to healthcare and education, and freedom to create a life I choose. It’s heartbreaking to see people living in poverty, with little means to help themselves. Whenever I’m having a bad day or facing a challenge, I always pause to remind myself how lucky I am. Things could always be much, much worse. Even though it may not seem like it at the time, there’s always someone out there who would love to have your bad days.
Here’s an infographic that breaks down just how fortunate you are (if you can read this and have access to internet, then you have it pretty good!)
There’s no easy way to tackle the world poverty issue, but small actions do add up. Just being aware of what some people face on a daily basis to meet basic needs and survive is a big first step. There are so many wonderful organizations dedicated to helping people in poverty, so if you’re feeling inspired, make a small donation today. Anything from helping people gain access to health care and education, providing micro-finance loans, or starting a beneficial community project will have a positive impact on the world. Just make sure to do your research first, and donate to a cause that feels right to you.
Hope everyone has a fabulous day…and in the process takes a moment to remind yourself just how lucky you are.
75 Year Harvard Shows That…
This is a fascinating 12 minute talk on what keeps us happy and healthy throughout our lifetime. It was conducted by Harvard over a period of 75 years. I’m not giving away the answer, so you have to watch to find out 🙂 enjoy!
Happy Valentine’s Day from me to you
Ahhhh Valentine’s Day. The idea behind it is great, but it’s also heavily commercialized, and can leave people feel more lonely and isolated. We don’t need one day to celebrate love. Everyday should be reason for that. And it can mean many things besides celebrating a romantic partner. I’m a firm believer that if you love yourself first, everything else will fall into place. So maybe this Valentine’s Day you can choose to focus on yourself. You can also show love in every action you take, toward yourself and others.
Hi all, just wanted to share this list of most popular Ted Talks. I watch these videos regularly and find them so fascinating and educational.
If you haven’t heard of Ted Talks and have a few minutes to spare, please check them out. You won’t regret it. There are so many various short videos covering a range of topics like science, technology, business, culture, art, design and more.
Living in the moment
I think this photo speaks volumes. What’s the first thing you notice about it?
Hint: I’m probably the worst offender at this.
These days it seems like everyone walks around with their phone permanently attached. I know I’m guilty. It’s fine line because technology has helped to connect us, but it’s also become such a distraction that keeps us preoccupied. I think this woman has the right idea. And she looks so happy! It’s best to enjoy the moment while it’s right in front of you, and not from behind a screen or lens.
One of my goals for this trip is to leave all technology at home for a day (I can do one day, right?) It’s a small step, but I think an important one for living in the present, and not worrying too much about missing a photo opportunity.
Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images. You can read the original article from Huffington Post here.
Travel for me is an important lesson in pushing yourself, growing as a person, and testing your own limits. It can be challenging, difficult, and uncomfortable at times, but that in no way compares to the sense of pure happiness, awe, inspiration, and empowerment you get when you come out on the other side.
Found this little image on my laptop today, and I find it to be so true:
The value of values
Hi all, wanted to share this lovely blog post by my friend. It’s about the importance of knowing your values, both personally and professionally. Check it out here. “Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave em’ all over everything you do.” – Elvis Presley
I received my DailyOm email today that was quite fitting. It was about people being interconnected, and stepping outside of yourself to share experiences, and find common ground. Good reminder that we’re all part of a global community. Anyone who wants to receive these daily reminders, visit dailyom.com. I highly recommend 🙂