It’s been five weeks since my condo purchase in Park City. My hopes and dreams for a quick renovation were dashed in short order. Work has not yet begun, but I’m actively using my Life Renovation Survival Tactics.Read More
Inspirational quotes and self-help teachings encourage us to not waste time regretting missed opportunities. I can think of one area that this does not apply -- travel opportunities. 3 reasons why you should regret the road less traveled...Read More
On the first day of Spring, it’s natural to think about a fresh start. It's time to expand the practice of Spring cleaning our homes to Spring cleaning our lives...Read More
The U.S. Daylight Savings Time change occurring this past weekend inspired today’s Musical Monday selection. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? I’ll admit I’m confused...Read More
Preparing to get up early to witness the Super Blue Blood Moon made me wonder why I was interested in viewing the lunar event. I’m not particularly interested in this type of science or in getting up early for anything...Read More
The person is truly fortunate that has not thought at some point about saying “you can take this job and shove it.” What was once a workingman’s anthem now applies to positions all the way up the corporate ladder.Read More
Musical Monday is devoted to taking the back roads in life this week. Sam Hunt’s smash hit Body Like a Back Road alludes to making time for love, but the evocative lyrics could also be an ode to happiness in life...Read More
To celebrate the end of summer in some parts of the world, Musical Monday features a Beach Boys classic tune.
Rolling Stone Magazine counts Good Vibrations as #8 on their Readers’ Poll 10 Greatest Summer Songs list, and #5 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
“I’m pickin’ up good vibrations
She’s giving me excitations
Good, good, good, good vibrations”
-- The Beach Boys, Good Vibrations
In 1966, The Beach Boys released the rock masterpiece Good Vibrations, a groundbreaking mosaic of session recordings, and the industry’s most expensive single when it was released. The song represented a big departure from hits like Surfin’ USA and I Get Around for The Beach Boys.
Mike Love’s lyrics reflected the exploding flower power culture in the U.S., and Brian Wilson’s music was inspired by his Mother’s belief that people give off vibrations. Wilson was reportedly frightened by the concept of life force vibrations as a child and the feeling went on to inspire him to greatness.
The concept of life energy has been studied for over ten thousand years in the Far East. Chi, as it’s known in Chinese medicine, is the core of many health and wellness practices such as Massage, Yoga, Reiki and Acupuncture.
Maintaining a balanced energy flow through the body is growing in importance in Western medicine and culture as well.
What techniques do you use to ensure a healthy flow of energy through your body? How do you know when you are in mental and physical balance? What do you do when you feel out of balance in some way?
This week my friendship worlds collide. East meets West -- youthful enthusiasm meets soulful reflection, all with a backdrop of stunning mountains, rivers, wildlife and cowboys. There are not many things I value more than travel and friendship. I am indeed on my scenic route to happiness.
I traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to see friends visiting from Singapore. Well we met in Singapore, but they are from Australia and Taiwan originally. This adorable couple in their late 20’s shares my passion for travel. The last time we met on the scenic road was taking in the natural beauty of Myanmar. This visit included a Wild West Rodeo and a sunrise eco-wildlife tour. Seeing the American West through the eyes of my friends from Asia made The Grand Tetons seem even more majestic.
By the greatest of coincidences, one of my dearest childhood friends was also passing through Jackson with her husband on their RV Trip of a Lifetime. What are the odds? I hit the jackpot on spending quality time with inspirational friends in a glorious natural setting. Taking in magnificent scenery with a friend you’ve shared 45 years of experiences with is like coming home.
This brief trip was all about perspective, and great meals. While we experience things differently through stages in life, the beauty of nature transcends time. For me a trip to Jackson Hole is an easy five-hour drive. For my friends from Singapore it is the chance to rough it in the wilderness (limited internet) during their US tour. For my childhood friend, it is a special stop on the retirement adventure with her beloved husband. For all of us, Jackson Hole is awe-inspiring.