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Adventures in Quintana Roo: Part One

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Adventures in Quintana Roo: Part One – CouchSurfing in Cancun “De Plane, de Plane!!” Before navigating through Quintana Roo en route to my first ‘living’ destination, I had to first manage to navigate three airports and a Mexican bus terminal … Continue reading

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Sweet Dreams are made of This… (PCH Act II)

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A DREAM COME TRUE! Right before The Epiphany, I had already planned a road trip to Portland. It would take me (& whoever joined me) along the Pacific Coast Highway. Beginning near the Los Angeles area & driving up thru the … Continue reading

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PCH Chronicles: the Oxnard Account

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THE OXNARD ACCOUNT: A Single Bliss-Full Day    Out of the many gifts the Lord has blessed me with, an internal compass (or any navigation skills whatsoever) was not included. It took me SIX hours to drive from Big Bear, … Continue reading

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SOMEONE had to leave sight of the Shore….

… to find out if the World was really flat… or NOT.  ;o)

 

“…She’s ridden a camel deep in the Sahara, then played a violin concert for 60 Berber kids there at 6, swam with dolphins in Portugal, ate reindeer meat in Sweden, swam with sharks in Bora Bora, gone to foreign local schools in Spain and Asia to immerse in the language, takes piano & violin lessons over skype via webcams with teachers on another continent, can find her way on any subway from NYC to Paris,London, Vienna etc & feels perfectly comfortable on sailboats, cargo ships, horses or any mode of transportation & Has enjoyed every mode of lodging from camping & couch surfing to luxury suites in the world’s best hotels…”  –  soultravelers3 

This excerpt was taken from a smartly written reader’s comment on a Lonely Planet article I read via a tweet today – such an adventure! And this is about the experiences of the couple’s 10 year old daughter!! She was only five when they began their adventures! How lovely. The entire article focused on the viability of long-term travel integrated with one’s career. Good read. The comment responses were equally engaging.

The daring courtship of marrying a philanthropic lifestyle of travel and career/academic pursuits (without being independently wealthy or financially underwritten) is a mind-blowing concept… to do it….?  We shall see. 😉 I suppose it’s time to start really sharing about what provoked this whole thing for me. The next several blog entries will focus on that. I am so terrifically inspired, educated and comforted by the writings of others who have gone before me – other bloggers, writers, film-makers… LIFE-livers… so thank you… to all who have taken the chance to follow their dreams…taken the plunge, the leap of faith, the road less travelled, the bull by the horns….

Go Go ahead and follow the yellow brick road or the white rabbit…. a little bit of faith and Three Little Birds are sayin’ Don’t Worry, ’bout a thing… cause every little things gonna be alright…

much love & respect going out to ya’ll tonite. Peace, L

Behind the Curtain…

 

Greetings! My name is Lisa DeChavan and I am embarking on the Adventure of a Lifetime. From the farthest recesses of memory, I’ve hoped to travel. Dorothy and Alice were my champions. I hoped to see what lies over the visible horizon; over the rainbow, down the yellow brick road or perchance rabbit hole. I hoped to abide with foreign people groups and see life through their eyes…perspectives different from my own. What I have, I want to share with those whose paths I cross along the journey. Where aid is needed, give aid. Where there are hungry mouths, give food. If a hand needs holding, hold it. Where the innocent need protecting, stand up. And when fun and adventure are graciously served along the way, I hope to have a second helping!

These hopes still surge, like restless molecules in my blood.

It is time.

 My PURPOSE, essentially, is to actualize my Life. Putting one foot in front of the other, follow whatever roads lead to living an authentic and meaningful existence. To have the courage and faith to boldly chase down the dreams that have been so deeply rooted within me…and witness the fruit that will be produced by trusting God enough to do so. PHILANTHROPY is the heartbeat of my purpose. With over 15 years of education and experience as a personal trainer, yoga & Pilates instructor, FITNESS is my area of expertise… it is something I have a passion for  & will post about frequently.  Finally, I  believe strongly that more days that not, we should have a reason to bob our heads & say “now that was dope!!”  As our pioneer sister Cyndi Lauper so eloquently put it, Girls Just Want to Have FUN!!!
 Finally, it is my goal to travel as Eco-friendly as possible. I am sincere in my promise to keep my carbon footprint as gently tread as I can. I hope my personal AuthenChic Adventure inspires you to take one of your own. Until then, my fellow gypsies, I invite you to read and comment as I share mine with you! Enjoy!

 

“Knowing God is the greatest adventure of all time: a life-long pursuit, the ultimate romance, the fulfillment of every yearning. Apart from this relationship life is a mere shadow of its full potential. Remembering that even life at its best is only a dim reflection of Heaven proves that we have a wonderful future to anticipate. Be encouraged! At the end of the day we must come back to the same simple truth and accept it without conditions or reservations. Our lives are in the loving and capable hands of the Father. Our quest is to seek Him and follow Him to the High Places by whatever paths He chooses. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). LAF