china Archives - 6 Months to Live: The Experiment Continues

Peace from the John Lennon Wall in Prague
October 23, 2013

Happiness is a Choice

It can be incredibly easy to base our happiness on outside circumstances. In fact, we're often taught in our society and in relationships that happiness is determined by how someone else acts or treats you. How often have you heard the line in a romantic comedy, "I want to make you happy for the rest of our lives"? While this is…
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View from San Blas, Panama
CoursesThe Academy
June 25, 2013

How to Make Money Doing What You Love!

In nearly 4 years of blogging about what it means to truly live, I've found that the #1 block to people pursuing their dreams is the belief that they can't make any money doing it. The biggest question I receive is: How do you live your dreams and be financially responsible? An excellent question! How did I crew for a skipper…
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My grandmother's first time in the ocean (in her 70s!)
Why wait?
May 30, 2013

The Art of Mistake Making

Do you remember how many times you fell down when you were learning to walk? I don't personally, but I'm sure I fell hundreds if not thousands of times in my quest for 2-legged movement. Do you think you cared about falling down or did you just instinctively get up and give it another go? While teaching in China, the…
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Some of my favorite students while volunteer-teaching in China
March 31, 2013

Do you believe in Miracles?

Today is the last day to vote for my entry on Panama for My Destination's Biggest, Baddest, Bucket List! If I win, I would be sent on a 6-month blogging and vlogging adventure across 6 continents. This is not only my dream, it's an important part of my life's purpose. We need to reach at least 1,000 votes by the…
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New Experiences
November 20, 2012

#NaNoWriMo Live Blog Post

My favorite part of social media is the opportunity to meet new people and learn new things. It just so happens that in tonight's #NaNoWriMo Twitter feed, I met author, Brittany Severn, who invited anyone who would like to join her in live blogging for NaNoWriMo.  The goal of live blogging is to support one another in writing by documenting your journey…
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Photo by Vanessa Hellmann www.vanessamona.com
July 23, 2012

Why 29 is Worth Rocking

Have you seen the life rings on a Redwood or Sequoia tree? Each small line represents a year in that tree's very long life. Humans carry marks of their own lives too--wrinkles, tattoos, freckles, scars, piercings, etc. We also carry those younger parts of ourselves inside us. With every year or layer we add on, it can be difficult to…
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Not being able to read can lead to some pretty interesting places...
New ExperiencespassionSoulWhy not?
April 19, 2012

The Beauty of Illiteracy

**This is a repost from a blog I started while living in China** I can read a decent amount of Chinese characters---belly dancing is not one of them. So, when I decided to get back on the yoga wagon at my local Chinese studio, I attempted to read and select a class from the schedule card written all in Chinese…
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Smelling Unroasted Coffee Beans at Four Barrel
CreativityNew ExperiencespassionProfilesWhy not?
January 12, 2012

Redefining Experience: Meet Avital Ungar

From the moment I met Avital Ungar, founder of Avital Food Tours, I knew I had met a kindred spirit. Full of energy and beaming, she walked into the room with the perfect mix of confidence, elegance, and down-to-earth charm. Her curiosity and desire to experience the world led her to France and later to China where she sampled all…
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Colorado Handstand
July 14, 2010

Be You

The most courageous act you will ever commit is to simply be yourself. I rarely speak in absolutes, but after living (almost) 27 years and having a variety of experiences, ranging from the darkest nights of my soul to moments of ecstasy, I can confidently say it takes sheer courage to be all of who we are. While living in China, one…
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photo mountains
May 5, 2010

Undo Button

I recently located the "undo" button for my online checkers game, allowing me to instantly erase a move that cost me a king or a double jump. How nice would it be to have an "undo" button for life? How many times have we all said something we wish we could delete or acted in a way we've conveniently glossed…
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