Writing is among the greatest gifts given to mankind. Through writing, we make discoveries, find ourselves and record our journeys. The best part? We get to live our adventures twice.
This is the main reason I write my adventures. Not only do I have a way to share the experience with you, but I also have the ability to relive it myself. Why do I a choose an eBook format? It’s another great gift to mankind. I can carry inspirational adventures with me everywhere I go. One of my dreams is to have some of your works, quotes and adventures with me on my electronic devices.
If you haven’t had the experience of writing your adventures to relive them, you can. In fact, you can start from absolute scratch and still develop a habit that will have your recording your adventures in no time. Even if you have no idea what to write.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. This means you form a habit of writing once a day for a certain period of time and when you are inspired by an idea, you are already in the habit of recording it.
For example, I write every night, just before a go to sleep. Sometimes, it’s for only ten minutes. I did this all the way through Spain. Just ten minutes before bed led to the completion of Riding the Camino Dragon.
The next one riding the dragon, could be you.
by Jessi Lohman
One of my aspirations for 2015 is to serve others.
There have been times I’ve been discouraged and things are just not going my way. You have experienced this too, haven’t you? There are times when you’ve been down, needed a helping hand or a pick-me-up. If I were in dire straits, in any capacity, it would be my hope you would help me. Therefore, I am encouraged to provide service to others this year.
Here are three ways to serve in your community, right where you are:
1. Volunteer for a 5k, 10k, half or full marathon.
These events don’t run themselves. I spent two days volunteering for Sacramento’s 5k Resolution Run. Having set out 261 cones and picked them up again (not to mention – those suckers are HEAVY), I got a better work out than those running the 5k. Even more important, money was raised for a nonprofit that directly benefits our local community as well as our global community.
2. Lead a local Food Drive at your workplace.
This year my workplace hosted a Food Drive for River City Food Bank, the Food Bank that has served Sacramento for the longest period of time. Friends and family also got involved and before we knew it, food was overflowing and we hardly had room for it all.
3. Take your heart to the streets.
It doesn’t matter where you live. People are hungry. People are cold. Even a small gesture makes a big difference to someone hard on their luck. Making burritos or hot soup and delivering it to them gives people hope and courage. It proves there is something worth fighting for in their lives and they their life, in fact, is worth fighting for. If you saw they were worth the time and effort to give them a meal or a blanket to keep warm, perhaps they will see value in themselves as well.by Jessi Lohman
Can you believe the first half of January has sailed by already? It seems time is slipping by at an alarming pace. Most days so far, it feels like all I can do to stay focused on the day. Somehow, I know my goals for this year must be brought to fruition. The intention of this post is to set the wheels in motion.
First things, first – many of you shared your awesome goals with me. Therefore the time has come for me to share my ten goals with you.
2. Finish Riding the Camino Dragon
3. Discover Greater Truths
4. Travel to Peru and Get the Scoop on Machu Pichu
5. Read 30 Books
6. Teach Yoga
7. Take a Friend on a Cool Trip
8. Write Another Book
9. Continue to Enjoy My Awesome Family
10. Spend More Time in Prayer and Meditation
The list doesn’t end here. Don’t be surprised if I try to crank out a half marathon here and there. Or if I squeeze in an additional few trips. Or if I make some closer friends this year. The one thing that is guaranteed is 2015 will be a wonderful year and I look forward to having many new experiences.
I am thankful to have you in my life and look forward to reaching all of our goals for 2015, together.
by Jessi Lohman
“You wander ’til you find your home and sometimes a friend comes following after…,” this imaginary song filled my mind as I had a dream (the kind where you’re sleeping) of visiting Spanish farms last night. A small pig heeled along my right flank without a leash and appeared to be a new pet.
A light buzzing harp noise sounded in my ears. It grew louder and louder as I looked down at my small pig friend and he looked up at me just in time for the light to go dim and my eyes to open in the physical world. I reached for my phone and sighed, missing Spanish hills spreading endless in every direction I looked.
Some days I wake up to my alarm, just like this (minus the pig and song), wondering if my life is real. Groggy and half-awake, I gaze around in bewilderment, nostalgically thinking about all of the incredible places I’ve been, the lives that I’ve touched and those who have touched mine.
In years past, most years could be considered remarkable and in many cases, even magical. How is it possible that one person could have so many incredible experiences? Even more important – How does each year keep getting better than the last?
I’ve written about this before and I’m going to write about it again. I’ve shared this secret many times. In person, online, in many blogs over the years and during podcasts. It’s so simple, you won’t even believe me.
New Years Resolutions. No, no, no. I know what you’re thinking.
Jessi, Jessi, Jessi – you’re a professional smoke blower. They’re BS. They don’t work. Resolutions are for losers.
That’s fine by me, you can believe that.
Since 2007, each year I have sat down to write down the ten incredible experiences I am going to have during the new year. I have yet to be disappointed.
Remember some of these top moments of the past?
… Becoming an Author by writing four books ( with 3 more on the way).
… Backpacking through Italy and India.
… Countless trips to Mexico and Las Vegas.
… Becoming an Artist with multiple mediums, acrylic and oil painting.
… Hiking Half Dome four times and so many other challenging mountains.
Then came there was 2014, where gifts abounded as far as the eye could see.
… Certified to Teach Youngster Yoga.
… Completed the 400+mile Camino de Santiago.
… with the greatest friends imaginable
… I even had the opportunity to hug a Guru in Portugal.
… Then Donated 22 inches of hair to Locks of Love. My lifetime grand total exceed 100 inches!
What is on the horizon for 2015? Show me yours and I’ll show you mine. What I can tell you is this next year will be incredible. It might be the best year yet.
In the meantime, put on some great music and crank out your ten Resolutions for 2015. You’ll be glad you did. Perhaps like me, you’ll be hooked as well. As I tend to be more excited about what you are doing than me, please feel free to share all of the good things you want to head your way.by Jessi Lohman
Society is noisy. News, headlines, weather, people, needs, wants, desires, goals, ambitions, time management, chores, current events, pop culture. In some ways, we have to protect ourselves from being spread too thin. For this reason, establishing boundaries in our lives is essential. Everyone wants a piece of you. Who can blame them? Everyone wants a piece of the action.
The truth is: You don’t have to give ‘em something to talk about. Perfect example is me and telephones. When was the last time I called or skyped you? I have five people on my frequent call list and that doesn’t surpass more than one time per month.
It reminds me of Sperm Whales, going on a deep dive, trying to get away from the noise of the surface. Granted, they don’t breathe for 45-60 minutes at a time, but spend a great deal of their time more than 3 football fields below the oceans surface.
When the noisiness goes away, the small voice of spirit and wisdom pays a visit. Your soul becomes a little lighter and after a few cleansing days, it feels refreshed and renewed. Energy is restored to focus on projects that are more meaningful and fulfilling. Healing takes place, gaining distance from energies that no longer serve you. The inner fury smoothes out, and you’re more relaxed version of yourself. On the other side you’re more productive, magnetizing and powerful than before.
Although it seems I do a media fast about once a quarter, it appears I’m ready to go on such a deep dive of my own. Don’t worry, you’ll be the first one to know when I resurface. If you’re in the mood to do the same, feel free to join me in spirit.by Jessi Lohman
It’s no secret that I would be happy to live out of a suitcase (or backpack) if it meant I could see the world. Sure, I’d like to see the world. All At once. Tomorrow.
Your heart is full and you have achieved goals beyond your wildest dreams; In this moment you wish for everyone else to feel the same level of fulfillment. Your heart is full and spills over into the lives of others. Rather than jealousy setting in, immense gratitude pours into the excitement of your loved ones experiencing wonderful things.
My brother spent a year and a half planning a surprise trip to Europe for my sister-in-law. This past weekend, our family got together for a small Thanksgiving gathering. It was this moment he chose to give it to her.
Imagine spending two weeks in the worlds most treasured cities: Rome, Italy; Barcelona, Spain; and Paris, France. Having been to two out of three, I’m excited to hear the report on the one I’ve not been to.
When it is just you and the world, hiding that map and becoming anonymous and wonderfully lost in a city you have never been before, there’s nothing quite like it.
Not to mention – don’t let us have all the fun. Why would you travel vicariously through us when you can go yourself? If you were going to travel someplace, where would it be?
The best way to predict the future is to create it. Put that next adventure on the calendar and go for it. That’s how good times get done.by Jessi Lohman
It was a girl’s weekend last weekend. You know what that means don’t you? Excellent food, bottles of wine and don’t forget the dancing.
Nostalgia sometimes surfaces in places you would not expect. We approached the second winery on a wine tour of six locations. A wine-tasting weekend with a bunch of friends was the last place I expected to be reminded of an enchanted moment while trekking the Camino de Santiago.
After my shoes fell apart and my injuries healed, the walk became magical. A huge horse ran up to nuzzle my face. Thousands of lady bugs and butterflies surrounded me. An ostrich sat down in front of me to gaze into my eyes for ten minutes.
Since I’ve been home my connection to nature is still there, albeit not as profound. When you are surrounded by nature and transition back into a concrete jungle, it’s to be expected. Imagine my surprise to discover the same level of enchantment while wine tasting.
Once we had been poured a taste or two, we were invited to explore the grounds, from vineyards to a collection of farm animals maintained on the premises. We walked down the cages of a group of fluffy-head-feathered chickens.
As soon as I was within eyeshot, they ran toward me and stood in a group along the other side of the fence. They gathered around my feet, looking up at me, heads bobbing as if they were happy to see me. Although there were several other friends with me and other wine tasters around, they did not cease in activity until after I had patted each and every last one of them.
As I patted the chickens, it felt as though I had incarnated the gift of St. Francis of Assisi. He completed the Camino de Santiago in 1214. Legend has it, while on pilgrimage, St. Francis spotted a great number of birds, varying in types and sizes; Doves, crows, ducks, fowl and more. St. Francis left his friends for a moment, running for the birds. Rather than fly away as his friends suspected, they waited patiently for him. He talked to them and they responded back, spreading their wings and stretching their necks in a wonderful way. St. Francis then walked right through the middle of them, touching the heads and bodies as he walked.
My hand still on the birds, my friends cringed in disgust. After all – birds are dirty, dirty creatures- known for carrying more than their fair share of diseases. I shrugged and explained the purposes of soap and water, reminiscing about the legend of St. Francis. Since the pilgrim route Chazelle and I had chosen was St. Francis’s route, I smiled to myself, nodded to my bird friends. I washed my hands before returning to the counter with my friends for another wine pour.by Jessi Lohman
Do you have a cause you are passionate about?
I have driven Highway 17 a hundred times, venturing to the home of my Mom and Stepfather. During a recent weekend, my Stepfather took me on a surprise hike along the Santa CruzMountains. The area we explored was the start of over 62,000 acres of preserved unspoiled public area that is dedicated to permanently protecting the natural resources contained therein.
Since 1972, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District has worked diligently to make these trails available to the public. The trails are able to be enjoyed by anyone searching for a good view, a strenuous hike or possible wild life sightings. So long as you aren’t afraid of the occasional risk of rattlesnakes and mountain lions. Those critters are a natural part of the Santa CruzMountain environment. Although rare, they are sighted on occasion.
Do you have a passion you would work diligently toward for over forty years? Although I may not be passionate about ticks or the preservation of poison oak, I am excited that a group of people took it upon themselves to protect a place I can go to connect with nature. Although everyone may not share your level of interest or passion in a particular direction, it doesn’t mean your work will not be appreciated. Sometimes it takes over forty years for the right person to be so inspired, they will hike your trails, be appreciative and write about it.
Let’s talk about your passion. What causes do you have an interest in? Take a few minutes this week and tell me about that.by Jessi Lohman
Last week I was caught up, thinking about my Great Grandparents. This inspired me on another level. The level of remembrance.
My Great Grandfather served in World War II. In the garage, he kept a chest of medals and honors he earned during his time in the war. Although my brother and I begged and begged, he’d never talk about it. He’d never show us what was inside.
“One day,” he said. “When you’re older.”
That day never came. After his passing, the treasured secrets locked in the chest fell victim to a house fire. It may have been a blessing, that he did not have to relive his experiences by sharing his history with us.
Band of Brothers, directed by Steven Spielberg, is an epic depiction of what our soldiers went through during World War II. When I watch and reflect, I am humbled by the incredible sacrifice those brave men underwent in the spirit of patronage.
Not just during World War II, but earlier as well as later. There have been made battles, far too many to list here, along with many sacrifices. In honor of Veteran’s Day, a day glittering with heroes for decades upon decades – Thank you. Where would we be without your heroic bravery and diligence, protecting this nation and the generations to come?
by Jessi Lohman
When I was a young girl, my Great-Grandma came to stay with us. My Great-Grandfather had passed away and we wanted to five her support while she went through the grieving process. She stayed in their Motor Home, a 1987 Winnebago. The Motor Home was a special place for my brother and me. We thought our Great-Grandma had the coolest club house in the world. She let us spend a lot of time in there, left to our own devices, exploring every nook and cranny.
Our favorite spot in the Motor Home was a a loft bed that we could pull down. Neither of us could sit up straight but we had access to our favorite cupboard. The cupboard was stuffed with pamphlets of all kinds of places all over the United States. Some were National Parks and various points of interest. Our favorite, of course, were the creepy pamphlets.
One we would look at all the time was the Winchester Mystery House. It was said to be haunted. Although I’d never seen a ghost, I was intrigued by the spirit world.
I flashed back to reminiscing over mysterious places in the Motor Home while I visited the Winchester Mystery House this past weekend. While on tour, some facts were confirmed while others learned were new points of interest. Here are the five top ranking favorites:
One – The Winchester Mystery House consists of 160 rooms.
Two – You can have birthday parties hosted at the Winchester Mystery House (Maybe I’ll even have my 40th there.)
Three – The old tower bell tolls 13 times at 1300 hours every Friday the 13th.
Four – There are two ghosts seen regularly within the Winchester Mystery House. The first can be seen fixing the fireplace in the Main Ballroom (the Ballroom is considerably smaller than you might expect). The second can be seen wheel barrowing coal through the basement.
Five – Carpenters were working on the Winchester Mystery House for 24 hours per day for ever 38 years. (This is longer than I have been alive).
Have you ever fantasized about visiting a place as a child and your wish came true as an adult? Similar to the movie, Up, when young Carl Fredrickson grows up to experience ParadiseFalls in South America. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. “Sometimes, you make plans for life but life has plans for you.”
by Jessi Lohman