On the Road

The Perfect Travel Partner

The Perfect Travel Partner

That guy up there in the orange shirt? The one laughing with new friends who, at most, share four words of a common language? That's Daniel, my husband.

He's my love, my best friend, my champion and most of all – as I use the Evolution Through Vacation e-guide to explore not only my surroundings but myself – the perfect travel partner.

This part of the journey, however – the emotional roller coaster of personal development – hasn't always been easy for me. Or fun for him... 

The Art of Slowing Down

The Art of Slowing Down

Batik: Have any of you ever tried this amazing, ancient art? This exercise in patience and meditation? This incredibly difficult and detailed way to express form and function?

If not – and, especially for you 60-hour-work-week people – check it out ASAP.

Start here... 

Trip: I'm in a movie...

Trip: I'm in a movie...

From its inception, e>v has seen vacation as the perfect example of living in "liminality" ... aka, the space of betwixt and between. To dive into this, I'm challenging myself to view new perspectives on this journey. I'm paying attention to new possibilities. And, most of all, I'm looking at the world with fresh eyes. Hmm... kinda like a kid again.

(Cliche? Maybe. But so right on...)

Prep: Play

Prep: Play

My favorite quote of all time comes from Kurt Vonnegut. He said: "I tell you, we are here on Earth to fart around, and don't let anybody tell you different."

Let that settle in. Sink in. Embody your being. Because he's right.

But, oh, how our world wants us to believe something so different...

Prep: Expression

Prep: Expression

As I continue to explore the Prep section of my e>v Guide, I move on to the next Life Area on the list and dive into thoughts, ideas and – yes, baggage! – around Expression. 

Perfect time for a trip to the museum.

Luckily, our adventure took us to Singapore for a weekend and we made our way to the amazing ArtScience Museum...

Prep: Spirit

Prep: Spirit

Next Life Area to explore? Spirit. Because ... well ... what the heck is Spirit anyway? Could be your religion, could be a construct that calms you or centers you, could be something that makes you feel connected to a higher power.

What I soon find out with e>v? It's all of the above. And then some... 

Prep: Purpose

Prep: Purpose

OK! We made it! I'm half-way around the world and, naturally, the gazillion-hour flight gave me some time to work through the Prep section of the Evolution Through Vacation guide!

Let's see what I unearthed! (Hint: it has something to do with a retro board game, a soul-bearing discovery and happiness. We're off to a good start.)

Feeling Preppy

Feeling Preppy

The e>v ("e through v") journey starts with "Prep." And, wow, so does a last-minute trip half-way around the world. Or: Daniel had been put on a short list of leaders to run a project in Indonesia. He mentioned it to me in passing, with not much confidence that he would be chosen. And then...

Change is Afoot

Change is Afoot

Hello e>v friends! Elissa here with an update: I'm at a crossroads in my life. I'm currently selling the business that I've worked on for 12 years. I'm reevaluating my professional passions. I'm learning I have new interests. And, I'm realizing I need to release some bad habits. E-thru-V to the rescue.