Within or Without: My Spiritual Journey on the Road

One step

Before we began this road trip through the US, I had a few concerns about losing my inner balance. The past year has been full of new experiences, new challenges and a few big (painful) lessons. As a result, the last six months in Latin America were a self-imposed spiritual retreat for me. Through the pain of realising how I was relying on my external circumstances to make me happy, I completely surrendered to a daily spiritual practice of meditation … Keep reading…

Life is bright in Montana

Lake McDonald

We came to Montana because of Facebook. I put a post on my personal page asking if anyone in the US or Canada required house sitting over the winter and my friend Wendy responded, telling us we could stay in her house in Whitefish for a month before Christmas. She and her husband Bob were planning to return to Playa del Carmen, Mexico (where we met) in mid November and asked if we would like to visit with them for … Keep reading…

Evolving in Recovery

Tommy Rosen book signing

During my stay in San Francisco, I celebrated five years of recovery. To put it plainly, this means I have been completely free from alcohol and drugs for five years. (but not cupcakes) Five years ago, my addictive relationship with alcohol brought me to a place of crisis. Wayne Dyer explains the term ‘crisis’ to be a situation in which a person does not have the resources to cope. I did not have the resources to cope with my situation. … Keep reading…

Unexpectedly Inspired on the Trinity River

Trinity river flipped

“So where are we going Jane?” Tyrhone asks, his finger poised over the touchscreen of the GPS. “Umm… well, I am not completely sure exactly where it is… near the Trinity River somewhere in a tiny town called ‘Big Flat’?” He looks at me with the sort of expression which says that does not help me. We have come to rely heavily on our GPS on this road trip, so much so that we have given her a name. It’s … Keep reading…

Embracing the Wild Woman Within

Sarah Somewhere Wild

It was a gift which arrived at just the right time (as all good ones do). A book; a real-life-made-with-paper-book which carried the weight of the message inside it. It arrived during our stay in San Francisco from a kind, thoughtful friend and I relished the process of unwrapping it, reading the accompanying message, “All intriguing women should read this book,” and palming the pages in anticipation of the adventure ahead. “We are all filled with a longing for the … Keep reading…

Notes from the Big City

Full house house

It’s been a beautiful week in San Francisco. The weather has been perfectly clear, showing off the bright, shiny city. We’ve strolled along the Castro, walked around Land’s End, ogled at the Golden Gate headlands from which the bridge stole it’s name (and quite possibly, it’s glory). Our friend Sam took us on a beautiful day-long hike through Redwood forest in Marin county and Tyrhone took to the skies on his twentieth flight over the stunning beaches of Half Moon … Keep reading…