I tried windsurfing for the first time. I would rather do that on a regular basis for exercise instead of triathlon. But I live in an environment that is too cold for me to enjoy windsurfing, so I will stick with triathlon. For now. That is all.
Imagine someone visiting the United States for the first, and possibly only time in their lifetimes. They might visit New York City, Portland, or the Grand Canyon. They might choose a fabulous restaurant with great value, or happen across a dud. They may cook for themselves and find a little hippie health food store and [...]
Using a map is a useful skill. With the prevalence of maps on our phones telling us where to turn, any map skills we had can become rusty. Even if we use the map to get somewhere, the GPS tells us where we are, which I think is the hardest part of map reading. Another [...]
We are poor judges of what other people will think and like. Well-established comedians still try out their material at small clubs to see what gets a laugh. Harry Potter was turned down by 12 publishing houses. Products have to be tested to determine what people want; the designer doesn't start with the answers. Maybe [...]
When swimming in 10-15 feet of ocean water shortly before shore, the water surges horizontally as the waves move in and out from shore. It is particularly noticeable when swimming at the bottom - when scuba diving or otherwise keeping yourself down. In this zone, when the water is going against you, you can either [...]
What happens when you have "too much" time to think? I suspect the answer provides important lessons. Consider this next time you find yourself with lots of downtime. Don't allow lots of down/thinking time? Perhaps you should.
Scuba diving can feel like flying, or even better. One can experience graceful movement for long periods of time while also taking in beautiful scenery. One can experiment with tucks and spins and somersaults. This playfulness is quite fun. I figured it would be a popular activity somewhere, but an internet search of scuba yoga [...]
I found myself thinking "Liz, you are nearly 40, you should no longer be acting like that." But isn't age what you make of it? An illusion of expectations? Why not keep our youthful energy around as long as we can as long as it is not hurting anybody else?
When I was first entering young adulthood and starting to be able to make decisions for myself, I wanted to travel - but I didn't prioritize it. Thus, in practice, my desire to travel internationally (or otherwise) was more theoretical than actual. I easily let the cost of travel deter me from actually doing it. [...]
I have the great fortune of traveling for the next couple of weeks. Besides enjoying the sunshine, beaches, and warmth (Juneau, Alaska only has one of these this time of year and we had over 2.5 inches of rain in the 24 hours before we left); one of my favorite parts of travel is to [...]