The Lipstick Gospel FREE E-Book

 

LetLoveLead

 

Hi friends! I am happy to recommend a new book that I just finished up called The Lipstick Gospel. The author is Stephanie May Wilson and she is a fellow World Race Alumni but did the race a year or two before I did.

Her new e-book just officially released yesterday but I was fortunate enough to be able to read it last week.

I couldn’t put it down and even finished it in one day while I was waiting for my husband to finish up a test.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book:

As we embark on a journey, whether it’s physical like hiking the Camino de Santiago, or geographical like traveling the world for a year, we’re challenging our outsides to something new, and getting away from what we see out our window everyday. We can change at home, certainly. But something profound happens inside us when we remove ourselves from what’s familiar and safe and challenge ourselves to something bigger.

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What’s even better is that the book is free!

All you have to do is click on the link below and you’ll be re-directed to Stephanie’s website where you’ll be asked to enter your name and email.

After that, you will be sent an email that will give you the download of the book. The book can be read on on a computer, Ipad, phone, etc. Ibooks is perfect to read it on if you have that.

Here’s the link:

http://stephaniemaywilson.com/download-the-lipstick-gospel/

AmazingA few other quotes I loved:

I think that’s how it happens when we go away and come back changed. We expect the world around us to be different, or at least to notice how different we are and treat us differently because of it. But instead, most people just carry on the way they were before, mildly interested in stories from your trip or an explanation of what happened to you. But even then, the world around you doesn’t shift quite the way you expect it to.

I was a new person on the back of that motorcycle. God had scrubbed away my broken bits, revealing a person who fit in her skin-the woman I was always meant to be.

 

Stephanie really has such a way with words and is a beautiful storyteller, which is why I won’t reveal too much abut the details of the book itself. I know that you will appreciate it so much more by simply reading the book and hearing her story.

If you missed the link above, you can download the book for FREE here http://stephaniemaywilson.com/download-the-lipstick-gospel/

Feel free to leave a comment or let me know what you think of the book!

No-LoveHave a wonderful week!

Betsy

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London, Peru & other travel adventures

Hanging out with Carolina the Spider Monkey on Isla de los Monos (Monkey Island) in Peru

Hanging out with Carolina the Spider Monkey on Isla de los Monos (Monkey Island) in Peru

 

I’m so excited to introduce you all to my friend Arianna Joy! She has had so many exciting travel adventures from London to Amsterdam to Peru…with so many interesting stops in-between. I hope you enjoy her story and make sure to connect with her online at  www.TheHolisticExplorer.com

 

Tell us a little about yourself…where are you currently living and what are you doing there? Also, any background info that you would like to tell us about?

Two years ago I left to go on a two week trip to London and little did I know at the time how far this journey would take me. That two week vacation led to me leaving everything I knew behind and living in Europe for 13 months, visiting 10 different countries during that time.

This time last year, I officially committed to making the trek down to Peru to work with the sacred visionary plant, ayahuasca. Despite everything in my life “logically” telling me that I shouldn’t make that trip, I again left everything I knew to follow my heart and intuition to the Amazon jungle.

What started as my being a guest for one month at a healing center, turned into me volunteering there for another 5 months. During my 6 months in Peru I learned more about myself and life than I’d learned in 23 years previously.

The magic I experienced there was out of this world and has profoundly influenced the way I interact with life.

Almost 4 months ago, I once again made the decision to follow my gut instinct to come back to America, not having any clue where I was going or what I would be doing for anything more than about a month after I arrived. As always, the Universe provides and I have been given some of the most amazing opportunities lately!

I recently relaunched my blog and coaching practice, The Holistic Explorer, where I provide insights and inspiration to my supporters, encouraging them to explore their life unapologetically.

Overlooking Benidorm, Spain

Overlooking Benidorm, Spain

 

What is your favorite place that you’ve been?

Of the 14 countries I’ve explored, Peru has had the biggest impact on me, and not just because of my working there with ayahuasca. I had never been to a third world country before, and was unsure of what to expect when I arrived. I’d heard so much on the news and from worried friends and family about the dangers of traveling in South America alone, especially as a female, but honestly, I never once felt unsafe.

The people in Peru, especially the Amazon jungle, may not have much when it comes to personal possessions, but the love in their hearts is visible in every part of their life. Many times when I asked for directions, they didn’t just point the way, they actually took me there personally. Peruvians love tourists, and are fascinated by the western way of life.

In general, Peruvians are very family-oriented. It’s not unusual to see multiple generations living in the same home. I believe there’s a true power that comes from this sort of connection, and it’s felt by those who come in contact with it.

The terrain of Peru is like few other places in the world. Everything from the rainforest, to the beach, to the Andes mountains is found in a country roughly the size of California. Jungle tours, surfing, and trekking are just a few adventures to explore while in Peru.

Riding in a boat up the Amazon River

Riding in a boat up the Amazon River

 

When did you get the travel bug?

My mother was an exchange student in Denmark as a teenager, so I grew up hearing all about her experiences in Europe. She has always encouraged both me and my brother, Jordan, to travel whenever we have the chance.

I took my first plane ride when I was 7, on a family trip to Florida, and the next summer Jordan and I traveled alone to visit my grandmother in New Mexico. When I was 15 I made my first international flight, alone, to London for a youth leadership conference.

When I decided to stay in Europe two years ago, my mom was my biggest supporter, and again when I decided to make my way to Peru. I can definitely say I have my mom to thank for my wanderlust! 🙂

Any travel or living abroad advice?

If I had to give one bit of advice for traveling and living abroad, it would be to go with the flow. I live my life by the idea of “rigid flexibility.” I know, it’s a bit of a paradox, but here’s how it works: Always have a plan, yet be fully willing to surrender and let go of that plan at any time. The thing is, we can only see so far ahead of us, and we never know what opportunities lie just outside of our conscious awareness.

You may think you’re going to London just to volunteer at a seminar, but then you may meet an Indian monk who invites you to a yoga teacher training course on a mystical mountain in Portugal. Then you may end up meeting a great guy and living with him in Amsterdam for 9 months before learning about an ancient medicine from the Amazon and making your way to South America to explore the depths of your consciousness.

You may think you’re coming back to America to just make some quick money to continue your travels, but then you may be on a plane to New York City to meet with a best selling author and public speaker to discuss your future. (That’s my story, by the way! Now, go create your own! )

You never just never know, and that’s a part of the adventure. Be willing to surrender what you think should be, and let the magic unfold.

Hiking in the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon

Hiking in the Cascade Mountains of Central Oregon

 

Any funny/interesting stories or people you’ve met along the way?

One of my favorite parts of traveling and exploring the work is the eclectic people I meet from all walks of life that I probably wouldn’t have come across if I’d stayed in one corner of the world. Each one of them has a story with beautiful messages to share. I’ve come across everyone from an American doctor doing genetic research in Europe while practicing yoga and meditation daily, to a math teacher who does astrological readings as a side job.

I’ve befriended a wildlife zoologist who was rehabilitating Amazonian river dolphins, and a fashion designer turned consciousness explorer. I’ve met best friends, lovers, and soul sisters on this journey.

Some stay with me for a short time, as we teach each other the lessons we’re ready to learn, and others will be by my side forever, no matter the distance between us. Either way, everyone I have crossed paths within this lifetime will always have a special place in my heart for the memories we’ve shared together.

How can we connect with you online? blog, social media, etc.

Website and blog:www.TheHolisticExplorer.com

Facebook:www.facebook.com/holisticexplorer

Twitter:www.twitter.com/AriannaExplores

YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmFnYyQLLkrIPSdqT1rJTdA

 

Travel Guest Interview: Jarhow Kai

Pic of Jarhow 2_Fotor

 

Happy Wednesday everyone! Right now I am in Northern California visiting my soon-to-be husband for a couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy this guest post from Jarhow Kai and that you can learn from his experiences. You can follow his adventures on his blog at www.voluntarily-lost.com.

Tell us a little about you…where are you currently living and what are you doing there, any background info that you would like to tell us about?

I was born in Taiwan but raised in the States from the age of 2 and I call both San Francisco and Los Angeles home, as different and polarizing as they might be. Currently living in Hong Kong after years of dreaming of living aboard in a place completely different than where I’m used to. Moved here without a job and without really knowing anybody, only with a desire to fulfill this lifelong goal. I spend most of my time exploring, seeking employment, and also writing in my blog Voluntarily Lost, which will hopefully be a humorous and realistic account of the highs and lows of my year in Hong Kong.

What is your favorite place that you’ve been?

I think my stereotypical answer would be Paris. I spent years studying French, so my experience there might be a little different than the average American’s. I think it’s a gorgeous city – a mix of old and modern, charm and grit. I also have a deep personal connection with my birth city, Taipei. It’s a hugely underrated destination, great for food, culture, and relaxation in a bustling city setting.

When did you get the travel bug?

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved to travel. I remember always being so excited going to LAX when I was younger, knowing all the amazing places you could go. I think growing up in a place as diverse as Los Angeles, you more readily understand there’s a big world out there, full of different people, cultures, languages – and yet through these differences, there are always underlying themes that connect us all to the human experience. Traveling has given me the opportunity to learn more about others, but maybe more importantly, it has taught me a lot about myself.

Any travel or living abroad advice?

My advice would be to go with flow. Seriously. Especially if you’re traveling with a lot of people. You should have an idea of the things you absolutely must see and be sure to get the information on prices, hours, etc. But the rest of the time, take it easy. If you don’t get to see everything in your guidebook, it’s okay. One of the great things about traveling is that everybody’s experience is different; it’s personal. If you miss something, it’s fine, because moments and experiences are abound.

Any funny/interesting stories or people you’ve met along the way?

It’s funny because even though there are so many places to go, sometimes the world does seem kind of small. There have been many times I’ve run into people I know while traveling, with neither one of us knowing the other person was vacationing in the same place. I’ve run into an old flame in a hotel lobby in Bangkok, bumped into an acquaintance at a bar in Shanghai, even made some friends on a short plane ride from Athens to Mykonos only to find out we all live less than a mile from each other in San Francisco! It’s all part of the fun and beauty of traveling.

How can we connect with you online? blog, social media, etc.

Pic of Jarhow 1_Fotor

You can definitely get a hold of me through my blog Voluntarily Lost at www.voluntarily-lost.com. I would love it if it becomes a place where people share their own experiences so we can all learn from each other.

If you enjoyed this post, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email at betsy.ramser@gmail.com. Or, do you have a story that you would like to share with our readers? I would love to hear about that too.

 

San Vicente, El Salvador

El Sunzal, El Salvador

El Sunzal, El Salvador

 

Next Tuesday I will be hopping on a plane to head out west to California. However, while I’m gone…I have guest posts written by two amazing travel junkies. I’m sure you’ll enjoy getting to know them and their travel stories.

In February of 2013, I was living in San Vicente, El Salvador. For those of you who don’t know much about El Salvador it is a very small but beautiful country nestled between the southern half of Guatemala and the Western border of Honduras.

While I was there, my team and I put together and facilitated programs at local schools throughout the town of San Vicente.

View from San Vicente Tower

View from San Vicente Tower

 

Our team had 1 off day per week and those days were usually spent visiting the capital, San Salvador.

Although we loved the pupusa’s and other local food…eating our favorite foods from home was always a special treat. And something that we really looked forward to.

Day off in San Salvador

Day off in San Salvador

 

Our local friend, Gustavo

Our local friend, Gustavo

 

If you’ve ever visited other countries…then you might understand how exciting finding WiFi can be. In the U.S. we are so used to having easy access to the internet everyday.

However, once you start to travel, you find that the search for WiFi is always an adventure.

 

Best coffee in San Vicente!

Best coffee in San Vicente!

 

Wifi & snack break

Wifi & snack break

 

This is the little corner where I would lay out my sleeping bag and pillow each night.

On the right side of the photo you can see that the wall is open. A cool breeze would come through the holes each evening and morning which made the hot days much more tolerable.

Although it might seem simple, I really loved our accommodations during our time in San Vicente. Our team would have feedback and team time together each evening and that time together allowed us to get to know one another even better.

My bed for the month

My bed for the month

 

After we left Tegucigalpa, Honduras, we were given a few days to relax in El Sunzal, El Salvador. The two photos below are the view at the hostels where we stayed.

I spent most of my time in El Sunzal journaling and walking along the beautiful beach.

El Sunzal

El Sunzal

 

El Sunzal

El Sunzal

 

The people of El Sunzal were so kind to us and they actually set up a makeshift screen so that we could all watch the Superbowl.

I have to admit that it will probably be the most memorable Superbowl experience that I will ever have. We even had nachos to eat as we watched the game.

Watching the Super Bowl, 2013

Watching the Super Bowl, 2013

 

Overall, my experience in El Salvador was simply amazing. I enjoyed visiting the country so much and it was one of my favorite countries that we visited on the race.

Have you ever been to El Salvador or anywhere else in Central America? If so, where did you go? If not, where would you want to go if you were given the chance to visit Central America?

Linked to the My Global Life Link-Up at SmallPlanetStudio.com

P.S. Check out my Re-entry interview on Small Planet Studio that just went live this past Monday

May 26, 2014

May 26, 2014

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