Light in Sydney

Light in Sydney
My favorite shot captured when we first arrived in Sydney a few weeks ago.

Life is truly amazing. We are all connected. I realize this each time I meet a new person and walk the streets of a new city.

I am changed forever and the depth I feel is unexplainable…

Sending Love from Australia.

Friends and Family in Tokyo

JW Family

Whilst in Tokyo, we had the special pleasure of spending time with a very dear and long time friend, Joe and a lovely and beautiful new friend, Marina. I have known Joe for many years and he is like family to me and to all of us. Before we left on this trip, almost a year ago, Joe said he would meet us in Tokyo when we got there.

There we were, 10 months later, and it all worked out. We all had such special time together and these memories will always be with us. Thank you dearest Joe and Marina for everything. We look forward to many more family gatherings and we are all so grateful for this time we got to spend together.

Much Love.

Uncle Joe & Boys

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My Boys

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Marina & Sandy

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Building Blocks

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A beautiful and insightful post from Dana…

Recently I had dinner with a friend who visited us in Japan. He has traveled extensively and has been an inspiration on this journey. In the middle of catching up on things, he casually mentioned, “You know your family has lived a hundred lifetimes.”

I thought about that statement a lot over the following days. It made me think about what we’ve done over the last 9 and a half months and what we’ve learned as individuals and as a family. I know my friend meant that we’ve seen more places than most people ever do but as I was thinking about his statement, I realized it was so much more.

To me, a hundred lifetimes is not so much about seeing 5 continents, 30 countries or traveling on countless airlines, trains, boats and automobiles. It is the bonding of who you were before with every memory and experience (good and bad). It is remembering moments on the trip that should be insignificant, but are not. It is about seeing the life changing experiences through the eyes of our children. It is about conquering fears, letting go and building something new. It is about walking a path that you never thought you would. It is about learning more about yourself than in a thousand years at home.

As we go through the last few months of our journey, I think about home and how we will all be very different when we return. This experience is still sinking in and I have a feeling it will continue to do so long after we’ve returned. It will redefine what home truly is and our understanding of what is truly important. For me, it is about taking time with my family and appreciating the small details I used to take for granted. What is the benefit of a hundred lifetimes? To me, the first 99 create the building blocks for how you will live your best life possible.

Best,

Dana

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Breaking the Language Barrier

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Recently in Kyoto, we had the very fortunate opportunity to practice English with these lovely students.

They are learning how to read and speak our language and being a part of their discovery was just wonderful.

As I’ve shared in the past…we’ve played many games of charades and sketched elaborate artwork in efforts to communicate.

I don’t fear language barriers. There is a communication that exists even when we don’t understand. We are all learning this together and in this education, we are all growing and connecting with others like never before.

I am so grateful and again, I must say…

Japan, We Love You.

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A New Chapter Has Begun. Our Adventure Continues…

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We are leaving for Australia tomorrow and saying goodbye for now, to this wonderful world of Asia. I have discovered that I enjoy being a minority and immersing myself in other cultures very different and foreign from my own. I appreciate the communication that exists even when we speak different languages. I am thankful for the warm welcomes and gracious hospitality we’ve received while here.

Mostly, I want to share how grateful I am for the significant people in my life and the ones who have crossed our path on this journey. It’s extraordinary traveling so far to meet some of the most special people I’ve ever known. It warms my heart realizing that family now exists, beyond what I knew it as, less than a year ago. I thank you for opening your hearts and letting us in. I feel so alive and connected to this life, my family and others, like never before.

These past couple of weeks have been quite emotional for many reasons. We are getting through it all and truly experiencing the bitter ‘sweetness’ of life. It is during these times that we pay closer attention to the paths of least resistance and do what is best for our family. Being in Japan and experiencing Zen first hand within a culture and community, is so amazing. I’ve always read about the Zen way of life and I believe it has always been a part of me. I am not a Buddhist, however I deeply appreciate the attainment of enlightenment and meditative states of peace, Buddhists achieve. We are surrounded by this kind of peace here in Japan.

We began this trip not knowing where our lives would take us, how this would change us, or where we would end up after this year of travel. We knew we were searching for truth and answers to be revealed along the way. As time carried on, we wondered how we would settle down after such life-changing and soul-awakening experiences. We wondered how we would adjust to somewhat of a familiar life filled with routines and clothing hung in a closet, as opposed to this unfamiliar and unknown life we’ve been living. These are still questions and we are present to the signs and answers each day.

Today, we are ready for a new chapter. Today, we look forward to new beginnings in Australia. We will be settling down for longer periods of time and establishing a home base so we can celebrate and enjoy the holiday season. I feel a shift taking place within myself and our family. I feel free, yet grounded. I feel Love all around me. Walking through fear is not easy. Walking through life wide awake isn’t always easy either. As we endure earthquakes, witness horrific and tragic disasters, lose loved ones and gain new ones, we can’t help but experience the fragility of our lives and appreciate each moment. We have Today. Today is a new beginning and I am walking through it with these three guys of mine, hand in hand and with all of the love in my heart.

Wishing you a beautiful day and new beginnings in your own life.

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Astounding Transportation and a Fleeting Glimpse

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We arrived in Kyoto this afternoon via Japan’s sleek, efficient, fast and best train ride we’ve experienced all year.

This evening, we strolled through the Geisha district of Gion. It was filled with traditional lanes of tea houses, restaurants, whiskey bars and “private”clubs. I felt like we were walking through a scene from Memoirs of a Geisha…

We enjoyed a fleeting glimpse of one of these elusive women, gracefully slipping into a tea house.

I am deeply connected to and in Love with, this wonderfully modern, yet truly ancient world of Japan.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like…

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Oh, how I love this season. Our evening walks are simply magical. ❤

Christmas tree

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Christmas Trees

Wishing you all a Merry and Joyful Holiday Season filled with Love and Sparkling Light.

Simon Alcantara

Simon and Us

We recently had the very special honor and pleasure of meeting and spending time with this amazing man.

Simon Alcantara.

My friend Beth Anne found out we were both in Tokyo and introduced us via Facebook. We made plans to visit him and the moment we walked in, I felt like I was seeing an old friend. We connected instantly, as Beth Anne knew we would and I just adored him.

Simon’s energy and presence warmed my heart. He is a fascinating man and I look forward to meeting again.

You may read further about this native New Yorker and former classical dancer and find his exquisite, handmade, fine jewelry pieces on www.simonalcantara.com

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Gold Piece

Simon Alcantara

Halloween in Tokyo

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We spent Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland. It was so beautiful and the park was filled with the most festive group of people I’ve ever seen. Every single person was dressed in costume and the decorations and evening lights were spectacular.

Disneyland provides a consistent feeling in each location around the world. The minute we take our first steps down Main Street and hear the music playing, we are taken to that same, happy and magical place. Our boys get so excited and their joy is wonderfully contagious.

Tokyo Disney

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Cinderella

Pooh
Haunted Mansion

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Castle Night

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Japan Has Captured My Heart

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I’m amazed by the exquisiteness surrounding us each day here in Tokyo.

This city is so full of life, energy, peace, illumination and beauty. I truly love the Japanese culture and I’m absolutely captivated by the enchanting women.

Japanese women exude femininity, grace, sophistication, style and warmth. I feel so fortunate to exchange smiles and share moments with such lovely people.

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my guys

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Nine months ago we left home and began this journey of a lifetime. In many ways, it feels like it’s just beginning.

I have no idea what lies ahead for our family and in that, I get to be completely present as the answers unfold each day.

I am so grateful for my life and for the precious people in it. Thank you.

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