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The Top Three

Someone asked me the other day what my favorite experience has been to date. I had to think about it. I’ve enjoyed my life and I’ve had some great experiences along the way. The conversation made me start thinking about those experiences so I decided to share my top three.

My first favorite experience:

Well, I guess that would be being Miss Blaine 1985. That really changed my life. Changed my perspective on a lot of things. I learned how to interview, how to sit, stand, walk and present myself. I learned how to speak in front of a crowd and I learned self confidence. I also learned a lot about what it takes to represent your city and how to be politically correct. It was a lot to learn and a huge responsibility for a 17 year old. 

My second favorite experience:

This might sound funny to some people but I loved my first cruise. I’ve been on a couple since then but the whole experience of a floating hotel and entertainment center was awesome. You can eat 24 hours a day. You can drink 24 hours a day. You can layout in the sun. You can explore all the destinations you are in port for. It was fun and relaxing and I would cruise again in a heartbeat. 

My third favorite experience:

To be honest….this experience actually scared me at first. I went to São Paulo, Brazil for work. I had never travelled internationally and I had never done it by myself either. I heard lots of scary warnings about theft and attacks and I was worried about being alone. I was forced out of my comfort zone and despite my fear I went and it was amazing! I loved it. I learned I needed to plan better for connecting flights and that I just needed to relax through customs. My biggest take away from this experience was that I really love foreign travel and I want to do it more. 

I hope to have many more adventures and experiences. It’s all about staying open to opportunities and being willing to push through your fears. 

Meandering Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is a place that fills my dreams. It’s a place I long to go to. I want to stand and gaze at the ruins and feel the energy of the place. Like Ireland, it is a place that calls to my soul. 

I can close my eyes and picture myself walking the grounds. To me they are sacred. A holy place. I fee the power of the place without even being there. I know that may not make sense to other people but I don’t care. It’s the way I feel. 

I have this overwhelming feeling when I see pictures of the forgotten city. Tears well up and I want to cry. It feels like grief for the loss of such grandeur, for the people who called it home. Don’t ask me why. I’ve just always get this deep connection to this place. 

Is there somewhere out there in this big world that you have never been but you fee this kind of a draw, a pull, a connection? Is there a place that haunts your dreams and whispers to your soul on the winds? 

I dream of the World

Today’s topic is what places do I dream of travelling to? I firmly believe that everyone should travel. Travelling opens up the mind and expands you as a human being. It opens up compassion within you and allows you to experience something new. Travel is very important.

These are the places I dream of travelling to:

  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • England
  • Spain
  • Venice
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • Thailand
  • Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Bora Bora
  • Philippines
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Japan
  • All of the United States

Give me the opportunity and I would travel the world!

This isn’t Kansas

“Toto, I have a feeling we aren’t in Kansas anymore.” – Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz.

I love that line….it expresses so much and yet simply states the obvious. Today’s topic is what is my favorite place? My favorite place is a place I have not been but want to go to. It calls to my soul. I want to stand on the Cliffs of Moher, with the winds whipping my hair and the tang of the ocean scenting the air. I want to look out and see and endless amount of water. There is just something about even the pictures that give me goosebumps.


I’m planning a trip to Ireland and sometimes it frightens me to about going because I have a very emotional reaction to it and I can’t even imagine what it is going to feel like for me emotionally to actually be there. Something is calling me to go. To walk the fields, to see the countryside, to smell the air and taste the culture. I’m almost afraid I will never want to return home again.

So I dream….and plan….and wait for the day I can stand here and take my own picture of the Cliffs of Moher. I wait for the day I can tell my travelling companion, no matter who it ends up being, “Well, we aren’t in Kansas anymore.” (Not that I’m from Kansas mind you but it just seems appropriate.)

Faraway Places

“Paris is always a good idea.”

That line has been in several movies and even a few books I’ve read. It is the title of a few books as well as the logo on some t-shirts and although I do not disagree with the statement I think travel in general is a good idea, not specifically Paris.

Travel allows one to get out of the rut of their daily life. It expands your horizons and allows you to see the world through other people’s perspectives and experiences. Two of my favorite quotes about travel explain this better than I can:

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain


“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that is okay. The journey changes you – it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you….Hopefully you leave something good behind.” – Anthony Bourdain

So when people ask me for a good idea, I always say the best idea is to travel. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a big budget, take a road trip, find a friend or relative in another location to visit and let them show you their city. Do your best to immerse yourself in the new environment and above all be curious. Life has so much to give us but we have to be open to it first.


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