5 Easy Packing Tips

How to Pack, Easy

How to Pack, Easy

You can travel all the time, only problem is you have to pack when you move from one country to the next. Yes it takes me many hours to sort thru all my receipts, and prepare for liftoff, here’s what I do.

How to Pack

How to Pack

We are just trimming fat here.

But lets get to the meat of this, how to pack everything.

Well, you can’t take everything. You have to decide to leave things behind. I travel all the time so this is challenging. I can’t fit the blender in my luggage so it stays.

What to do with all the papers?

Photograph each pesky piece of paper if you have no time to transcribe. Yes you can do it. I just did and got to throw out more paper. So instead of a big piece of paper you have a digital file.

Remember you have to carry it all, don’t rely on people to help you. And you have to move fast sometimes even if you have to go to the bathroom right now. No it is not fun to move mountains of luggage when you have a popping full bladder. But your flight is being called right now.

My carry-on is heavy with media equipment.

Get rid of clothes you don’t wear. Be brutal.

Can you really lift that pack? I fell over in Bolivia when I bent down to pet a puppy. My pack took the wind out of me and I was on the sidewalk. Stayed down there a while laughing. And I was sober.

If you have things you can’t fit in your luggage, just ship it, I’m on the way to the post office now. It only has to go to the Big Island of Hawaii, and I’m on Oahu. Shouldn’t cost too much.

We’ll see.

Tell me your packing nightmares or tips on how you cope with it all. Would love to know, we can all learn new advice on getting luggage to the airport, train, bus, boat, or rickshaw.

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Photo Safari and Yoga Retreat in Amazing Hawaii

Learning the Secrets

Learning the Secrets

The Easiest Way to Learn How to Get Amazing Photographs

in the Best Place in the World to Relax

April 14, 15, 16

Discover your joy and spirit on the Incredible Island of Oahu

Join me in Hawaii

You’ll learn how to use your camera (any camera) and how to see light, choose the best angle, create kick-ass composition, and practice your timing.

I guarantee you’ll get better photographs after shooting with me. 

Here’s what retreat participants have said:

“It made me see in a new way.”
– Satya, India

“I had an awesome time and learned so much!”
– Kristin, Germany

“You are a great teacher!”
– Michele Darby, Australia

I learned more in 2 days with you than in 20 years of trying to figure it out.

– Becca Hamar, USA

You don’t need a fancy camera. Bring your point and shoot, phone, or DSLR

Small group only. 4 people max.

Linda reveals her thoughts on learning how to take better photographs

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Suddenly your body and soul will be set free on astoundingly vibrant Oahu,
in Honolulu where I am right now!

It is widely known that Hawaii is one of the most powerful places on earth.

You’ll feel it as soon as you step off the plane.

Soft white sand and the pristine Pacific will infuse you with peace and well-being.

Exhilarating swims in crystalline turquoise water will jumpstart your spirit.

You can do it every day, It’s like swimming in silk.

We’ll be doing yoga every morning in the lush beauty of Kapiolani Park steps from Waikiki Beach with a drop dead view of the turquoise water.

“It is the best practice for finding that most tender, gentlest, softest
part of your self and restoring health.”

– Diana Celeste, Guatemala

“My body feels good, my mind feels good – I feel so empowered!”
– Yoon Leem, Belize

“I feel energized”
– Eva, Spain

After our kundalini yoga session, we’ll be shooting and learning how to see light and get photographs that will astound your friends.

You’ll also get a great shot of your self in our people shooting sessions.

If I was doing a portrait for a client it would be $500.

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You’ll receive expert advice and tips on your work; what you are doing that works in your photographs and exactly how other photographs can be more amazing so you have practical advice on how to shoot better right now.

You will return home knowing how to shoot better to get the results you want.

Heaps of one-on-one private attention in a bird sanctuary setting by the sea.

You’ll have time to relax, swim, walk, shop and spa. It’s easy to get around here in Honolulu, walking from the Queen Kapiolani Hotel will get you to the beach, shopping and park in 5 minutes.

Don’t miss this, you’ll be astonished how just being here

will quiet your mind and inspire your soul

Photography and Yoga Guidance 

April 14, 15, 16

$500 for all yoga and one-on-one photography guidance

My private photo safari sessions are $300 and

$100 a session for private yoga instruction

Yoga is optional if you would rather sleep in!

Soak up the serenity and creative empowerment for a lot less cash.

Escape from what ails you and give yourself new life and energy.

Exclusive and private.

Get recommendations on lodging, transport, activities, spa treatments, paddle boarding, surfing and sightseeing.

You want to extend your stay? Great deals on fun North Shore activities, see the gigantic waves in Pupukea, visit the center of surf culture in Haliewa, and enjoy organic farms, a drop dead amazing coastline and stunning vistas.

You’ll walk away from this trip with renewed purpose and peacefulness. Guaranteed.

Or you may want to travel the world and never go home, I’ll show you how to do it.

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Who am I?

I’m an author, award-winning photographer, mother, yoga instructor, app publisher, and CEO of fun.

I’ve been traveling and teaching for 7 years, after selling my belongings in the heart of Silicon Valley to live my dream and discover the world.

You can read about it on my app in the itunes store for ipads and iphones on how to be a location independent entrepreneur and have an amazing life. 

I’ve had my own business for a quarter of a century in Palo Alto, California, down the street from Steve Jobs.

Yes I’ve been a veteran pro for decades and have the expertise to guide you into taking the best photographs you’ve ever captured.

I’ve led programs at Apple, Intel, Stanford University and worldwide. You’ll benefit from the tips I learned earning $500 an hour shooting in Silicon Valley.

Join us, it’s guaranteed you’ll change your life, be amazed, learn how to take better photographs, feel more healthy, and jumpstart your energy.

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Here are the benefits and reasons you can’t miss this:

1. Oahu has the freshest air I’ve inhaled in 31 countries worldwide.
2. The cleanest water I’ve ever floated in, it’s pure salty goodness and astonishingly pristine.
3. The sacred energy of Hawaii is real. There is no place like it on earth.
Come and find out for yourself.
4. The best food ever as I now know the good places to eat, including farms, grocery stores and markets, that meet my zesty standards of remarkable quality.
5. Guidance and inspiration on yoga, meditation, photography and expressing your most creative and amazing self.

Doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a camera or done yoga before. 99% of it is showing up. You don’t need a fancy camera either.

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Here’s what you need to bring:

Your enthusiasm
Bathing suit and clothes for yoga
Camera: point and shoot, phone, or DSLR
Charger, cords, cards and case for your camera to protect it
Sandals, flip flops to get wet
Yoga matt if you can

PS It’s guaranteed that you’ll love being here.
Ask me anything about the 3-day retreat and how you can be a part of it.

Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Waikiki is the best deal in town for lodging. And you can walk to eat, swim, shop, surf, and see the sights.

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More accommodations? Kindly write me

There are 2 spots available.

Suddenly you may find your self in paradise.

Big Love,

Mary
[email protected]

808-542-4566

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How to Change Your Life

 

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Living out loud and laughing is the prescription to life’s monsoons. If you don’t laugh every day your enthusiasm gene dries up. It’s that simple. But it took me decades to figure out. What happened?

I got out of my comfort zone, left my leather couch and plump pillows, and started traveling. And not the way I used to travel; spending $500 a day for trips to Maui, staying in luxury resorts, skiing at Squaw Valley sipping cocktails, jetting off to Bora Bora and scuba diving in the Caribbean.

So there I was in the heart of Palo Alto, California, down the street from Steve Jobs, home of all things silicon chipped, 25 years of a successful photography career: great clients, author of a book, what was missing?

I didn’t know the name of it yet but when my 18-year-old son, Wolf, asked me to visit him in Nepal while he was volunteer teaching I said hell, yes!

Kathmandu. It sounded mystical. A dream destination. So I took 2 months off and left California with 50 rolls of film, my Nikon F-3, and a heart full of wonder and awe on Christmas Day 2005.

Suddenly, the unknown snatched me in its jaws.

It was that exact moment after flying over the Himalayas and seeing my son waiting for me in the tiny Kathmandu airport that my heart leaped into overdrive – this was it! The life of being a vagabond I had always wanted but didn’t know what it was called. The air sparkled with possibility and luminescent light. The atmosphere shown with a prism quality that shivered my nerve endings and made me wake up.

Yes, being on the rooftop of the world made me see the light.

Kathmandu felt like 3rd rock from the sun – everything was different – the food, the light, the people, clothes, statuary, and religion. I’d never been in a tuktuk, or eaten Tibetan momos, never seen such gorgeous people before. Nepal was on the US embassy’s unsafe-don’t-visit list but my son was there. I’d walk through fire to see him.

So I was getting my Nepal visa at the airport paying with US dollars not knowing what I was spending until he told me the exchange rate. I could get a hotel room for $12 a night not $200? And it was clean and quiet too.

I was off and running. Drunk on my own freedom.

In Kathmandu, I taught photography to the staff of the Nepal Youth Foundation. Olga Murray, the charismatic and brilliant founder of NYF invited me to teach after I asked her if I could help and it made my trip to Nepal an experiential dream. But it was real and they even gave me taxi money, instant friendship, and wildly delicious meals.

I fell in love with the staff and it fueled me onwards to lead more projects in other countries; many times receiving room and board to do photography, teach, write or all three.

And I discovered it was fun to work without a thought of money; to be liked for doing what I love to do. Taking photographs, teaching, writing, playing with people, babies, elephants, and laughing. And that’s how I became the CEO of fun.

I’m getting rich with experience on seeing how the world lives outside my former bubble of a life devoted to the almighty buck, cashmere, and comfort.

I’ve had an astounding education in life: being a professional photographer, a published author, a hitchhiking hippie, leading programs at major corporations in the USA, photographing the Dalai Lama, riding elephants bareback in Nepal, and learning how to fall off a surfboard, not to mention all the other crazy capers.

But when people tell you you are nuts that usually means you are on to something wonderful.

The thing is…

There’s no better way to learn how the world works than to roll up your sleeves and get filthy with experience like this. I’ve been stupid, smart, lucky, well-off, broke, mocked, and loved and I’ve learned something from every second of it.

People with more money than I have, ask me how I do it. But it doesn’t take a lot of money to do what I do. Doesn’t take much planning either. I just go where my heart calls me to go. And I discovered after teaching photography and yoga in foreign countries worldwide that I could make a living at it. How?

I started teaching travelers and ex-pats in Dharamsala and boom! I had a pocket full of Indian rupees and noticed I didn’t need to visit the ATM.

That’s when it hit me: I don’t have to go back to the USA to earn money. Scotty, beam me up into the ethers of my greatest dream – being free and discovering the world!

So I went back to the USA sold all my stuff and gave the rest away – no more stress, furniture, insurance, car maintenance or rat race. Poof! All gone.

I’m a permanent traveler now on an open-ended worldwide adventure.

Take the leap and do it now before you think about it too much. Grab the time off for yourself and don’t wait until its been 15 years since you had 3 weeks off in a row like I did.

Start with an easy country like Bali or Thailand, you’ll be safe in an exotic world spending very little money if you enjoy homey guesthouses for $10 to $15 a night. You won’t be inside much anyway.

Spread your wings and take off – you know you want to!

Stay in touch, find out where I am now on the planet, and get seriously kick-ass advice on being a location independent entrepreneur. Go to Vagabond Travel Mag now and subscribe in the itunes store.

 

Who Inspired You in Your Life?

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Who Inspired You in Your Life?

I never knew Nathaniel Hawthorne could be so enlightening.

Mr. Galuska was my teacher in advanced placement tenth grade English class. Our first book to read was The Scarlet Letter. I had all ready read it on my own before the class and was curious to see how he might give me a new perspective on it.

In his excitement and passion, he made the book come alive for me.

We had spirited discussions about the content and I felt a new awareness about the book.

He made me realize that one reading was not always enough. I now read a book I like twice. He taught me that a fresh reading of a book would bring new thoughts and ideas, things you hadn’t noticed before in the text.

He would ask compelling questions about the books we read that provoked a deeper and more thoughtful response from me. I loved discussing the opinions and perceptions of my fellow classmates and offering my own insight about the books we read as a group.

Readers have many different responses to writing!

I was also excited that Mr. Galuska was giving me A’s for my essays and class participation because what I was doing in his class didn’t seem like work.

Maybe one day I could be an author I dared to think. I didn’t know how this would happen but I felt a spark in my soul that ignited my purpose in life and I knew that one day I would have to fulfill it no matter how afraid I was to share my own writing with people.

Thirty years later I had my first book published, Everyday Naked and I want to credit Mr. Galuska, who was the teacher who encouraged me the most in my writing.

He encouraged me to look at a book I was reading and discover parts of myself in it. To see the book in new ways that reflected my own realizations, yearnings, and questions.

And he did it with such eloquence that deep inside I began to feel how important literature was to the world. How diverse and poetic its voices. He made me realize that brewing inside me was a powerful feeling and motivation to write.

It was not something I chose – writing chose me.

The next year Mr. Galuska was in a near fatal motorcycle accident. He was the only person I knew who rode a motorcycle in Syracuse, New York. He was paralyzed by the accident and could no longer move his arms and legs.

I prayed for his young children and wife who would never have him the way he was before. Standing at the head of the class almost dancing on his toes in excitement, professing his thoughts and feelings about what we had read and how we could look at it with fresh eyes and ask ourselves insightful questions to prod out our own wisdom.

Thank you Mr. Galuska, from the bottom of my heart, for igniting my spirit so deeply.

You changed my life for the better.

*Photograph by Eva Adalba, from Spain, In Caye Caulker, Belize

10 Reasons to Quit Your Job Now

My New Backyard in Belize

10 Reasons to Quit Your Job Now

The Dalai Lama said, “Asians don’t know how to worry.”

He must have noticed that people in the USA are about to have heart attacks from thinking too much.

I have the solution. Quit your job and leave the West behind – spread your wings and fly!

Here’s my list to inspire you:

1.You’ll get younger (not older.) Studies have shown, keep learning

and you won’t age. Those brain cells need revitalizing.

2.Stress kills, quit, and find something you love

3.Go live in another country. It costs less than staying in the USA working.

For example:

My rent per month in 2012 in all the countries I lived in this year:

Belize: $450 for a shack – it was on the Caribbean Sea, folks!

Guatemala: $300 for a lovely house with private terrace overlooking Lake Atitlan utilities included.

Tulum, Mexico: renting a clean basic room on the Yucatan a few kilometers from the sea for $20 per night or if you like rustic, $8 per night for a hostel or camping on the beach, same price. I liked the beach until I got rained out.

Half Moon Bay, California $600 for 2 weeks for a small 2-room house walking distance to the glorious beach.

Bangkok, Thailand: fully loaded hotel room – AC, own bathroom, king-size bed, wifi in room, proper air flow, quiet and all for $21 per night.

Loei, Thailand in Issan. Room in guesthouse: use of kitchen, wifi in room, fan only, kind family, shared spotlessly clean bathroom, $6 per night.

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Guesthouse $12 per night; wifi in room, AC, fridge, good bed, Quiet.

Pai, Thailand Best Deal of the Year: $200 per month (incl. utilities) for my own house in Pai with a breathtaking view of the sunset, quiet, mountains, hot springs, and clouds floating by (no wifi in the house, no AC, I loved it!)

So the high cost is no longer an issue.

$200 US dollars per month folks!

$200 US dollars per month folks!

4. Don’t think about it – just dive in. Luangpo my meditation master and spiritual friend in Loei, Thailand says, “You thinking, thinking, you aren’t in Thailand. Look at heart, look at body.” It’s all about the moment.

Anything you have to think about for too long usually doesn’t work.

5. You discover the wonder inside you by slicing off the past.

There is nothing familiar: no anchors to hold on to — you are free floating.

I’m not saying the past is bad. Just that the Past is Over. The Present is where it’s.

6. What do you live on?

You live on your wits.

You can volunteer and receive room and board

You can give massages, cook, teach yoga/meditation, English, you can do it!

I currently, teach photography, yoga and meditation, write and shoot for Vagabond Magazine, and get hired to shoot photographs.

Set up a business for tourists – guiding, teaching.

Run an Internet business

Do the business you are doing now as a consultant from Asia, Belize, or Fez, Morocco.

Teaching yoga on the Caribbean in Belize

7. “I’ll do it next year”never happens.

Once you do it – you will wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

Teaching Meditation in Pai, Thailand

8. OK you do have to pay back your bills before doing it. So did I.

Now I have one bill: for my storage unit back in California for my photography/art stuff, china dishes from my Mom, glassware and artifacts.

9. Being free is a choice. Choosing to be happy is also a choice. I choose happiness every day even when I’m feeling bratty.

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10. Invest in your self. Rather than the stock market or a house.

Give your self the option of re-inventing yourself. Only you can do it – no one else will do it for you.

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Jump in! Don’t think about it. Bathe in the sweet waters of wonder and awe.

Write and tell me what you feel and how you will implement your new plans!

Me, teaching yoga in Belize

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