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
Travel is the inspiration for today’s Musical Monday selection, I’ve Been Everywhere. The version of this classic song Americans are most familiar with is by Johnny Cash. However, the history of I’ve Been Everywhere, started in Australia and spans the globe...Read More
80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. Conveniently, today marks the Chinese New Year celebration and a chance to revamp your resolutions for the year. 5 Tips to Revise and Achieve Your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions...Read More
Today’s Musical Monday encourages us to take control of our life as we start 2018. In May of 2000, Bon Jovi dropped the bold anthem It’s My Life, the band’s first release since 1995. The Grammy nominated song struck a chord around the world...Read More
Two weeks sporting my new titanium and ceramic hip and turning another year older have shown me how strong I am. The hip replacement surgery was a huge success, meaning I slept through it...Read More
I’ve been called up to the Show! That’s the way I felt when I spoke to the nurse on Monday about a surgery cancellation for Thurs. (Yes, tomorrow!). I sprang into action like a woman on a military mission, feeling 10 years younger. Then yesterday...Read More
After living in NYC for sixteen years, now I’m a “hipster.” I’ve joined the cool kids club, those needing a hip replacement. I have four weeks before surgery to contemplate and journal about the health ramifications of aging. I would like to share my experience along this road ...Read More
Growing up on the Florida Gulf Coast, Hurricanes have always been part of my life. Most people think of the year as having four seasons. Along with Gulf Coast we have three -- pre, post and Hurricane season.
Hurricane Camille in 1969 was my first experience with this type of natural disaster. Camille is still one of the most powerful category 5’s to hit the U.S. My family just happened to be visiting relatives right in the Mississippi Coast strike zone. Our evacuation in the driving rain and wind is still a vivid memory over 45 years later.
The storms themselves do not last very long, but the consequences live on for years or even generations. As an adult, my experiences have been more about Hurricane aftermath; finding ways to reach devastated Pensacola, Florida to help my family and friends recover.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have left many in the dire circumstances. The recovery effort will be a major transition for individuals, families, cities and nations. I thought it would be appropriate to share some tips for navigating this transition.
Lend a Hand – when devastation is all around, it is natural to focus on what is lost. One way to access positive energy is to help others. Simple kindness and assistance to others will lift spirits immediately and have a pro-longed effect.
Take Care of Physical Needs – lasting resilience and strength is enhanced with good physical conditioning. When overwhelmed, it can be tempting to push through without enough food, water or sleep. An adrenaline rush can be helpful in devastating situations, but it is not sustainable. Maintaining your health provides needed energy for the long term.
Express Emotions – traumatic events cause unexpected emotional responses. It is important to let these emotions out to help retain a sense of balance and ability to focus.
· Take time to talk to those in the trenches around you
· Share your feelings with loved ones farther away
· Keep a journal of your experience
· Laugh or cry out loud or on social media
· Stop and focus on something that makes you happy
Ask for Help – asking for help provides someone else the gift of giving. Many people want to help those effected by Hurricane aftermath, but don’t know exactly how.
One Step at a Time – we are often trained to look at the big picture, but in the aftermath of Hurricane devastation it can be too overwhelming. Focusing on what needs to happen first and taking progressive steps can be calming. Establishing a basic routine can also increase feelings of security and progress.
What tips can you add to help others? When the media interest moves on, how will you continue to provide support to those in need?
If The Scenic Route to Happiness concept had a birthplace it would be the Road to Hana in Maui. I had the opportunity to experience this drive for the second time last weekend in Hawaii. The journey was magical in a completely new way.
Maui’s Road to Hana stretches 52 miles including 59 bridges, 46 of them only one lane wide, and boasts approximately 620 serious curves. The sunny coastline is often in view, but a rainforest atmosphere prevails along the picturesque route.
The last time I took the journey I was alone, grieving the loss of my parents and looking for solace in nature. The dangerous hairpin turns, breathtaking vistas and climbs to waterfalls made me feel alive again.
This trip on the Road to Hana was totally different. I was a passenger with my fabulous friend Elizabeth behind the wheel. I was able to really focus on the magnificent scenery and not on my driving skills. The mood was so cheerful, despite the passing showers and Thelma and Louise references. I am filled with gratitude for this new journey along the historic Hana Highway.
The Scenic Route always delivers perspective. Nature’s gifts can soothe, inspire, excite or terrify depending on our personal view.
What’s your view of adventure? How do you get off the beaten path? Where does nature affect you the most?
Today’s Musical Monday inspiration was a no brainer. As the Continental U.S. is set to experience the first total solar eclipse in 38 years, I simply can’t get Bonnie Tyler’s smash hit out of my head...Read More