I started the year in the wilderness with a friend I love like a brother. The best place to be for these axis moments… in our natural environment, surrounded by the pulse of life, and sharing that time with someone close. What an ideal place for gratitude and reflection.
Elbow injury. Learned that some kind of pain is good (see my article of trail runs for that) but sharp pain is STOP what you are doing NOW.
Filming an episode for a Food Relay in Cuba. What a remarkable place. What a great shoot with a fantastic performance from our host, top-notch camerawork, and a killer edit from my team.
I was betrayed a couple times at the beginning of 2019. The second one, by a long-time friend, fucked my head up for months. Betrayal sent shockwaves through my entire network of trust. I feared that someone else in my network might be engaged in a secret line of behavior... was another shoe going to drop?
The upside, though hard to reach, is that I came to value my inner circle friends even more. It's utterly important to have this tight orbit of friends who are concerned for my well-being and care for my feelings. They want to lower my anxiety. They want to see me happy. When they have to make a decision that might affect me, they will reach out to have a discussion first. Having this, I can open up and share all of myself. My friends can do the same with me. This is how we grow and rise together.
For most of the year I was committed to a romantic relationship. Although it was not easy, it was a beautiful project. We are no longer romantically entwined, but it was a success in many ways. I learned to push through difficulty and find more depth on the other side. I learned to set boundaries and hold them. I learned how to bravely end things when it no longer served either one of us.
What an honor it was to watch and assist this person in their growth over this time. What deep appreciation I have for the growth I experienced with their guidance. I feel so grateful that another human wanted to undertake this project with me.
Road Less Traveled on for a 5th season! So grateful to you my fans and viewers. Thank you so much for spending your precious time with me. Some of you have reached out to say that you enjoy traveling through me as if i am their avatar. I see you and i think about you on the road. I will do my best to be courageous, honest, curious, and mindful in my journeys.. Uncovering the good stuff and the real stuff for us all to share, enjoy, and contemplate.