Getting Motivated…Or Not

I used to be big on motivation. I’d listen to motivational speakers, I’d hang out with motivated people, I’d spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to motivate myself. (Carrot or stick? Carrot or stick?) Sometimes I figured out a carrot that worked, even if it was just the sense of relief . . . → keep reading

Traveling at Home

The first week after a month of traveling was strange. The things that were my focus for a month were no longer such an issue. (Where are we going to sleep? Where/what are we going to eat? What cool things can we see today? What interesting people are we going to meet?)

But as I’m . . . → keep reading


Shannon has been writing professionally for more than 20 years. Her freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post and the Whole Dog Journal, which was ranked #11 of the best 50 magazines in the country by the Chicago Tribune.

She enjoys writing about companion animals, holistic and alternative care, coaching and self-development, environmental/green issues, . . . → keep reading

Habits, Habits Everywhere

“Look both ways before you cross the street!” How many times did you hear that as a kid? What I didn’t realize was that not only was I trained to look both ways, but I also was trained to look both ways in a particular order. You may not have thought about it before, but . . . → keep reading

Herb Would be Thrilled

I recently wrote about the death of my Uncle Herb in Saying Goodbye. Today, the Fresno Bee published a feature obituary about Herb. It recounts a couple of the stories Herb loved to tell. Read it here.

(The original story has expired, but a short excerpt can be found in this piece.)

Getting Ready for Adventure!

A week from today, we’ll be on a plane headed for Auckland, New Zealand. We (RP — my boyfriend or partner or whatever you want to call him — and I) will be traveling around the country for the month of March. No itinerary, no specific plans. We’re taking only backpacks that we can carry . . . → keep reading