Category: Insights

Take Shelter during Life’s Downpours

Over here in Ireland it rains just about every single day. My niece, who lived here several years while studying, recently shared with me that there are hundreds of words to describe the rain. She recommended listening to the weather channel to get some ideas. Another person shared, “In Ireland we have showers in between …

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Look up — See What’s Right In Front of You

How often are you so focused on something at eye-level, that you forget to look up and see what’s right in front you? It happened to me just  this past weekend. We were enjoying a long afternoon walk to Castle Saunderson, a historic site here in Cavan County, Ireland. It’s a derelict castle that now …

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Is There a Switch for Your Brain, Like the Outlet Switches in Ireland?

When I first arrived in Ireland a few weeks ago our landlord was showing us around our new place. There were so many unique features we had to learn, and it seemed there was a switch for everything. Many of the appliances, such as the stove or shower, have a separate on/off switch so, even …

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Planning and Chance Meetings – Enriching Your Life Journey

Have you ever sat back and wondered – does this happen because of planning or because I make myself available for chance meetings? I personally believe it requires both, in equal doses. The journey itself cannot begin without the planning and execution to make it a reality. On the other hand, the human connections you …

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Appreciating Your Own Backyard

One of the reasons I love traveling the world is to better appreciate my own home. The United States is an amazing country. As much as we grouse about the politics, divisive nature of our discourse, and the people who should be in or out of office, I don’t think you can truly realize how …

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Slow Down and Enjoy the Journey

Writing to you from Belturbet, Ireland. As many of you know, my husband Paul and I decided to take a global gap year, spending longer periods of time traveling abroad in several countries. We rented out our house for a year and arrived here in Ireland about a week ago. What an experience getting here, …

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Gap Years are for the Young at Heart

What a fun and delightful opportunity; I was able to present to the Walnut Creek Rotary Club this past Wednesday some highlights on taking a gap year. This is the kind of speech, as a professional speaker, you do because a friend is in need (the President of the Chapter had just learned their weekly …

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A Gap Year Spent Traveling Abroad

As a child growing up on a sailing boat, I learned to love the adventure of travel and exploration. As an adult, I fostered my love of travel by taking international trips, sandwiched between the typical two to three week vacation times. (Oh the advantages of longer holiday times in other countries, as opposed to …

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Being Independent Doesn’t Mean Having to Go It Alone

I was raised by a strong, independent mother. One of my most memorable recollections of her was the time she jumped ship, literally, in La Paz, Mexico. I was seven and my brother was a year old. My mother hailed a local shrimp boat, threw our luggage into the waiting Captain’s arms, and informed us …

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Gearing up for Change: Are Your Friends Supporting the New You?

The picture is vivid. My husband, sitting in the driver seat of the Mustang, while I’m next to him in the passenger seat and the salesman is in the back. It’s a test drive and we’ve been navigating the side streets, my husband getting re-used to manually shifting gears, learning how the car maneuvers, and …

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