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Walking Inside My Story

Walking Inside My Story

“You either walk inside your story and own it or you stand outside your story and hustle for your worthiness.”–Brene Brown I’ll never forget the day I stood in the archives at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University when an historian friend of mine showed me the bill of sale from the […]

Write When the Spirit Moves You

Write When the Spirit Moves You

It was a night when sleep eluded me, when the continental divide between my deepest life questions and the trivial worries of the day narrowed into a sliver of fear. So I was already awake when I heard a loud thud from inside my apartment. I reached for the nearest weapon, a baseball-sized river rock that decorates my […]

Ganesh is Fresh

Ganesh is Fresh

Ever since I became aware of the Hindu deities, I’ve had a bit of an elephant-god crush on Ganesh. I like that he is the remover of obstacles—he’s the go-to guy when you’re stuck in a situation that you don’t think you can move out of. About five years ago, I was in Tallahassee for […]

Pushing My Buttons

Pushing My Buttons

I’ve been traveling with Cross Cultural Journeys for over 15 years now. It started with a life-changing walk across the Sahara Desert, and continued on with Tibet, Mongolia, Botswana and Cuba. CCJ is owned by my friend Carole Angermeir, who has been dreaming up inspirational trips for 23 years. These trips aren’t typical tours to […]

Love In Action

Love In Action

Like me, Zanzan has spent his career in the hospitality industry. As manager of ARMA in Ubud, Bali for eight years, he ran one of the most beautiful and successful hotels in the city. He met Desmond Tutu and other luminaries when he helped my friend Carole Angermeir plan a major conference in 2006. By […]

What the Pig Said

What the Pig Said

While I was staying in a village home stay in rural Bali, my hosts owned about a dozen chickens and a pig. I walked through their modest family compound several times a day, and each time I stopped to talk to the pig. He (or she—I didn’t check) always seemed happy to see me, wagging […]

Go Forward For Humanity

Go Forward For Humanity

On a recent job interview with a Wake Forest alumna, the interviewer looked at her resume and asked, “What is it they do to you at Wake Forest? There’s something special that happens there.” I’ve spent the last seven months researching what I’ve come to call the “Wake Forest Mystique”— trying to nail down just […]