Be present

Colorful lights are sparkling around the city and Christmas trees are on every lot. The smell of woodsmoke fills the air. Fuzzy gloves and heavy winter coats are coming out of their hiding places. There's a buzz and a chill in the air. Even as I write this I feel excited for the coming holiday …

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo has become one of my favorite cities, and I can't wait to explore more of the country.  The people are kind and respectful, the food is incredible, the culture is amazing.  Brush up on your Japanese before you go, and be glad the language is much easier to pronounce than some of its neighbors!  …

The Benefits of Reducing Stress Through Yoga

Image by HeartMath (www.heartmath.com) via http://empoweringwellnessnow.com/how-stress-affects-the-body/Your alarm goes off.  What do you feel?  Immediate dread as you desperately search for the snooze button?  Or do you pop out of bed full of energy?  Either way, after hours of lying in bed, your shoulders shrug and round forward as if trying to pull you back into …

Thailand

Sensory overload.  Thailand is the most memorable combination of smells, sights, sounds, tastes and textures.  It is a country that sneaks up on you, and when you least expect it, it haunts you, leaving a longing in your heart to go back.  You know you like it when you're there, but after you leave, you …