I was laying on her floor in Montevideo on a warm summer day in November. Her name is Lorena and she was giving me a Reiki session (Hi Lore, you’re amazing). I was hoping to get some clarity around some big life decisions I had on the horizon.

I have lived most of the last 15 years of my life between New York City and San Francisco. I love cities. I love people. I love the action and energy. But for the last several years, I kept making myself a promise.

“This year, I will spend more time in nature.”

“Does she live in this motor home?” I asked my friends today.

We pulled up on a 20 acre farm with an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean to our right and a slight glimpse of Maui 50 miles out to our left.

She came out of the motor home, and gave us a hug. Turns out yes, she lives part time in this motor home, and the second part-time in her house in Waimea. She gave us a tour and told us the story of her arrival to this property.

“When I pulled up, I started to cry. I…

Vibrams. The crazy shoes that have toes.

I am basically always excited about something new. At that moment, it was my black Vibrams. I wore them everyday for a year, and then had to throw them away because not even I could stand the smell.

One of those days during that Vibram obsessed year, my sister visited me. I was living in San Francisco. I was living in a culty-commune place (another story), so I was eager to plan a lot of outdoor activities. One of them was hiking Muir Woods. I invited my friend Skye (@skylajo) to come with…

Photo credit: Alex Eckhart

“I STAYED LONGER THAN I SHOULD HAVE”

“Finding a partner is difficult nowadays,” a friend texted me.

“Why do you think that is?” I replied.

She went on to write that she thinks love finds you when you are not looking. How she just got out of a relationship that she knew wasn’t right.”

“I stayed longer than I should have,” she wrote.

I started thinking about all of the times that I “stayed longer than I should have.” And not just in romantic relationships.

I remember being sick of my job in New York City. I was not happy…

He grew up in Williamsburg in the 50s. ⁣⁣

After his apartment was robbed 3 times in a few weeks, his parents moved him into the projects in Brooklyn. ⁣⁣

Then he got a job working at the post office on 34th street in Manhattan. It was winter, and he walked out after his shift, turned on his car, and the heater stopped working. ⁣⁣

The next day, he was sorting the mail, and saw a postcard from Hawaii. It looked beautiful, warm, inviting. He remembered the freezing cold NYC winter, he remembered his car with no heat, so he…

2020, you made me TRUST.

Trust in the necessity of a plan I wasn’t planning.

Trust in new beginnings and second chances.

Trust in external perspectives that change my internal perspective.

Trust in the quiet whispers of the angels and the kindness of people.

Trust that solutions come in the stillness, the silence, and the subtle smiles of the soul.

Trust in my own imperfections, my healing, my doubts, my darkness.

Trust in the loyalty and example of animals and the power of their gentle gaze.

Trust in the union of nature’s care for us, and our responsibility to her.

Hoy, cumplo 38 años.

Si estás leyendo esto, gracias por tomarte el tiempo, por preocuparte por mi viaje, por hacer lo mejor posible con la vida.

Aquí están 37 de las verdades que la vida me ha enseñado hasta ahora:

1. Dentro de mí, ahora mismo, está la respuesta a todas las preguntas que tengo. Cada una.

2. La naturaleza es la fuente suprema de conocimiento, de todo. Cuanto más tiempo dedico a honrarla, respetarla y observarla, más me doy cuenta de que debo dedicar más tiempo a honrarla, respetarla y observarla.

3. El amor es la fuerza más poderosa…

Today, I turn 38 years young.

If you are reading this, thank you; For taking the time, for caring about my journey, for trying your best.

Here are 37 of my truths that life has taught me thus far:

  1. Inside me, right now, is the answer to every question I have. Every single one.
  2. Mother Nature is the supreme source of knowledge. The more time I spend honoring, respecting, and observing her, the more I realize I should spend more time honoring, respecting, and observing her.
  3. Love is the most powerful force in the world. …

Querido Uruguay,
Aterricé acá el 25 de Febrero y mi plan era quedarme contigo sólo por un mes.

Mi vuelo de vuelta a New York City estaba en mi agenda para el 25 de Marzo. El vuelo fue cancelado. Tu aeropuerto cerró, y mientras voy escribiendo estas palabras, más de 7 meses después, aún seguimos juntos.

Hoy, te admito que, durante estos últimos 7 meses, me enamoré de vos.

A primera vista, te confieso que me parecía poco probable considerarte un candidato para escribir una carta de amor.

Soy vegano, por lo que no me seduce la selección de carnes…

Dearest Uruguay,

I landed here on February 25th, and my plan was to stay with you for one month.

My return flight home to New York City was booked for March 25th. That flight was canceled. Your airport was closed, and as I write this 7 months later, we are still together.

During these last 7 months, I have fallen in love with you.

At first glance, I seem like an unlikely candidate to be writing you a love letter.

I am vegan, so can’t rave about your assorted meat selection at the local parrilladas.

I drink very little alcohol…

Brian Rashid Global

International Speaker and CEO of a Life in Shorts. Daily Vlogg’in my journey on YouTube @brianrashidglobal. Helping brands of all size tell stories that sell.

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