Thursday, June 26, 2014

Phuket Adventure!

As Marcus Proust, a french novelist, once remarked, “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Six months ago my fiance and I ventured to Phuket to seek international adventure, in quest of "the beach" from the 2000 film and to celebrate our engagement & good health.

Our eyes were opened to the vast cultures and richness of Thailand's beauty and heritage. We arrived seeking a destination as tourists, be we left as travelers seeing the world in a powerful new light & appreciating the rich cultures that exist beyond our horizons.

If you have a moment, watch part of the journey here.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

My Happy Place

Happy Gilmore is a classic comedy. The film features Adam Sander as Happy Gilmore, a mirthful struggling hockey player who finds his way on the PGA golf tour. Gilmore qualifies the tour by having an impressive 300+ yard drive, but ultimately struggles with his putting game.

In the film's major setback, Gilmore desperately tries to win money to purchase his grandmother's home. As he struggles to perfect his put swing, he is told to go to his own happy place, a place where everything is perfect and happy (Spoiler alert) Ultimately, Gilmore envisions his own happy place, perfects his short golf game and is able to win enough money to save his grandmother's home from foreclosure.

Although most of Happy Gilmore is ridiculous, the concept of going to "happy place" is refreshing in today's era of hyper-connectivity; where social media updates and text messages keep us connected to all of life's twists and turns. To give an example of how connected we are to one another, it's estimated that over 50 billion text messages are sent every day. That's over 8 text messages per person per day! That may not sound like much, but that's factoring in every single human on the planet.

As we are constantly connected to each twist and turn, it's important to take time to unplug -- and go to our own happy place!  It's more than just taking a few moments to envision a happy place, but it involves actually going to our own happy place! My happy place is paddling out on the water -- getting away from all electronic distractions and being surrounding by the open space of the mighty Pacific.

Going to our own happy places helps reinvigorate the mind, body and soul! It may take a little effort to break out of your daily routing and find 20-45 minutes to venture to your happy place, but the investment will pay dividends for your life!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Hiking in Palm Canyon

Hiking in Palm Canyon

 This Spring, we enjoyed hiking in the Palm Canyon in Palm Springs, California. The Palm Canyon is the world's largest California Fan Palm Oasis featuring hundreds of palms. To see more pictures from the adventure and learn more about the Palm Canyon, check out the hike here.

Palm Canyon Hiking Trail, Palm Springs, CA