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  • Technology is not the answer. It is also not the problem. What matters instead? Awareness, Engagement, and Wisdom. This is the vision and words of Soren Gordhamer, the force behind and founder of Wisdom 2.0, which addresses the challenge of our age: to not only live connected to one another. An annual conference held in San Francisco (this year it’s at the Palace of Fine Arts), we couldn’t be prouder to be a media partner this year. Why? .
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Their vision about connecting and engagement is aligned with ours. Soren and his team curate some of the best speakers, authors and visionaries in the world of consciousness and technology all under one roof which turns into not just a series of talking heads on stage, but rich, interactive, dialogues which are purposeful, meaningful and authentic. .
Their creative team is also amazing – am shooting video and stills for compilation later which I’ll share. Mark your calendar for next year (every February) as a must attend if you care about the convergence of consciousness and any industry or just for yourself. Where Consciousness meets Travel baby, that’s where I'm going. Stay tuned for exiting stuff ahead including my coverage of this incredible event.
  • A throw back Thursday to the stunning lakes and mountains of Patagonia from a trip a few years ago.  I was absolutely mesmerized by Grey Lake, which is a glacially fed lake in Torres del Paine National Park in southern Chile.  While others hiked a little further out (and I eventually did solo), the best part about this place is its solitude. It is apparently declared an international Biosphere Reserve and its natural waters are covered by ice sediment and huge floating icebergs, all of which will leave you breathless unless you’re not paying attention. .
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It was chilly when I was there (most of the time I suppose) and you can kayak or canoe across it which I didn’t have time to do (sigh). Not sure if you can see the icebergs across the lake hidden by the hazy but oh so wonderful dense sky.
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The great thing about this lake despite its glacier drama, is its incredibly calm spirit, as if time has stood still and there’s nothing else to think about but NOW, the right here before you, the gray (grey) ness of her waters, her beauty...No one lives here of course and it is evident by this sense of nothingness around you for miles. There is plant-life to be found but it’s not abundant and the ice is what dominates the scene and your mind. It’s a place to be even more present as nature herself calls to you in even more abundant ways when you sign up for that presence. Sit alone. Be silent. Watch. Don’t expect. Just BE!
  • Valentine’s Day has always been a strange day for me. I always hated the retail side of it, where both men & women, but especially men, feel the pressure of buying flowers at 3x the price, going out to dinner for 3x the price all while helping to raise Hallmark’s stock. Not that I don’t love a romantic card, because I do, but it’s always the words that accompany the card & who is penning it that matters the most. The heart BEHIND the card. The heart behind the gift. The heart behind the dinner. .
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All that said, I love the idea that a day dedicated to romance exists because as much as we should treat our partners with respect, gratitude & honor every single day, Valentine’s Day is a reminder that if we haven’t been as loving and giving as we should be lately, then we need to start. It’s a reminder not to take each other for granted. Let’s face it: keeping love & romance alive after many years is hard; as those of you who have been married or in a relationship for awhile know, it’s constant give & take, compromise & giving of yourself even when it’s hard to do so. It’s about doing something for them when you don’t feel like it because you’re tired but because they may need that gift of your time or words even more, it’s about doing an activity because it’s important to them even if you’re not quite as passionate about it as they are, it’s about saying something supportive & sweet when you see that your partner is down because those words could turn their day around in a nanosecond, it’s about giving support when no one else does to remind them why they’ve chosen you as their ‘cat’s meow.’
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Now more than ever, we need to hug not just our partners but a stranger, or someone who looks, acts & talks about as differently as you do as you can find. Strangers across the world become our brothers & sisters when we take the time to give that hug, acknowledge that we are all human & really not that different after all. Love is universal. We are, after all, mirrors. What we put out comes back. When we do put out more love, it starts to touch communities beyond where we could ever imagine. Will toast to love & more global unity with my cutie over a serious Cabernet tonite.
  • As much as I gravitate to nature more often these days, my roots are in music and culture & there's no better place for your 20 year old self to come out than a well put together travel or culture event. .
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We were proud media partners for the second year in a row at the fabulous Travel & Adventure Show in the Bay Area! Best plus of the show in addition to the tastings and seeing peeps I adore and respect in the industry was being so close to the Beats stage so I could watch incredible cultural dancing for two days in a row - does it get much better?
  • I love this shot since it represents so much of what I love about exploring the natural beauty around me when I’m home. And, yes that's my Canon 7D in my hand which means this shot was taken on my iPhone like most of the shots I post these days! This shot was taken during a moment of appreciation & gratitude for living in a city yet in 15 minutes, I can walk on the beach, or be on a hike or in the hills. While California has had a drought as most of y’all know (I’m not southern, but y’all just felt right at that moment), it has been raining non-stop for weeks. I know the farmers are loving it and so are my plants. And, we don’t have to remember to water the garden, but enuf already – I miss barbecuing outside and EATING outside on our back patio. This shot was taken even before the drought became so bad this year and even then, you can see just how dry northern California gets (translation: the opposite of England’s rolling lush green hills – when I lived there, it was always green).
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Truth to be told, I prefer lush green hills, a precious thing about living in the UK. It’s also why I love Oregon and the Amazon jungle, but taking a hike through THIS with the abundance of long yellow wispy grass surrounded by dry heat has its benefits. Sure, it lacks color but that’s what dramatic skies are for. I’ll always be a New Englander at heart but I have truly grown to love California. A five minute drive from this spot, I can breathe in majestic cliffs with deep drops down to the Pacific Ocean. Turn around & lovely hills cascade behind you. #grateful .
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2 teases before I crash: The new We Blog the World is coming SOON! And, we’ll be exhibiting at the upcoming Bay Area Travel Adventure Show this weekend if any of you will be local -- stop by and say hi.

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Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.

Anatole France

Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.

― Alan Keightley

 

The destination matters not, for the journey itself is the ultimate prize. Go forward & embrace the unknown and your blueprint for life will never be the same.

― Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore.

― André Gide

At the Moment of Commitment, the Universe Conspires to Assist You!

― Goethe

A truly magical life begins after the journey furthest from your comfort zone!

― Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World

If you do something that has never been done you will collect treasures that have never been found.

― Jenna Newton

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.

― Heraclitus

Break bread with people as foreign to you as an ancient language and be forever changed.

― Renee Blodgett, We Blog the World

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.

― Lao Tzu

The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.

― Sir Richard Burton

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