About

For well over a decade I lived and worked in New York City.  I worked more than I thought it was humanly possible for many of the 10+ years I was in Manhattan, and for a long time I thought my job was my life and my life was my job.  I was successful but terribly unhappy.  In 2005, I took a giant leap of faith and took a break for 2 years.  I traveled to Asia, went to Mexico and Costa Rica to learn Spanish, took classes at the Institute of Culinary Education, became a certified yoga instructor, and took up Mandarin Chinese.  It was the best 2 years of my life.  I returned work in 2007 as a changed person, someone whose identity was no longer tied to her job, someone who’d come to appreciate the meaning of balance.

In 2010, I decided it was time to make a bigger change.  I let go of most of my material possessions by giving them away or donating them, and gave up having a permanent home so that I can travel without feeling obligated to return.  Now I get to visit all the places I’ve dreamed about, and if I want to stay and live somewhere for a while, I do.  I try new things, learn new languages, meet interesting people, deepen my yoga practice, and enjoy every single day.

I keep a separate journal but use this little blog as a way to document my travels.  Most of the times (I’d say ~99%) it’s about where I went (usually by walking), what I’m learning (probably a foreign language or yoga), and what I ate (always a ton).  All of this is definitely not very interesting but as I don’t speak to my family often when I’m on the road, this blog helps me keep in touch with everyone.  I don’t know about other Moms but mine always asks, “are you eating well?”  Here she gets to see that not only am I eating well, I’m eating all the time.

I try to update the dates & places section whenever I figure out where I’m going next.  I don’t know how long I’ll be traveling but I don’t quite see the end just yet.  So if you want, pack light and join me.

 

The space within becomes the reality of the building- Frank Lloyd Wright

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29 Responses to About

  1. Hi, nice to meet you !

  2. Sang Jin Woo says:

    혜진아~ 잘지내니?

  3. Danika says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – love your blog. Can I live your life? 🙂
    Dream! Go! Live! – it’s all any of us really need to do to be happy and fulfilled. Thanks for sharing.

  4. lolabees says:

    Wow! Looks like you’re living the dream! Congrats to you!

  5. Wow! I was very inspired by what you wrote up there especially since I recently entered the work world and have been worried that my work might become my life. I admire you for having the courage to do other things and I hope you are having the time of your life! Looking forward to reading about your adventures =)

    • dreamgolive says:

      Hello there, Thank you very much for your kind words and for reading my blog. I love your photo of the cute clementine (or mandarin orange?) When & if I find them I also peel the whole thing and look at them first. They are perfect and adorable in every way… I hope you will take the time to appreciate all of the everyday joys and perfections as you venture out to the work force. I learned my lessons the hard way but now I’m having a wonderful time. BTW, the wine in Argentina and Chile are to die for delicious and cheap. Hope you’ll make your way here (if you haven’t already) to drink and write about it..

      • Oooo I will need to go look for some of these Argentinean and Chilean wines you speak of. Unfortunately I will not be able to make my way down there, but any suggestions on where I can find some? Would Trader Joe’s be a good place to start?

  6. Hi Dreamgolive!
    I love reading your updates and travelling vicariously through you. I wish I had done this. I love to travel too, but do not have the funds for such an extended trip. You must have saved/inherited a fortune to be able to do this and eat out and take all those excursions. My question is: how did you prepare financially for such a trip?
    thanks and keep on travelling and writing (you don’t need anyone to tell you that of course)
    Yvonne

    • dreamgolive says:

      Thank you Yvonne for your words! To answer your question, no, I didn’t inherit a fortune- I wish I did but I think I would have turned out differently if I didn’t work for my money. I really don’t have a special secret as to how I’m doing this- I had a good job, worked really hard, and I saved (actually I didn’t have much time to spend on anything since I was working all the time). I still only spend money on the things I absolutely love- traveling, eating, and yoga classes. It also helps that I don’t have any dependents and I’m doing this alone. I see it as a blessing but I think my Mom probably thinks otherwise… 🙂 Thanks for reading my blog!

  7. I just stumbled on your blog, and it looks amazing! What a great way to live life and have some fabulous experiences. I lived in Buenos Aires last summer for two months, and I loved every bit of it! There’s so much to see and do there and all around Argentina – it’s an easy place to fall in love with. I’d love to hear more of your experience there! Which barrio are you living in? Cheers!

    • dreamgolive says:

      Hi there! Thanks for coming by. I moved from Palermo Nuevo to Palermo Soho a few weeks ago (there is a posting about my moving 10 blocks.. ha ha). I’m just heading over to your blog to read up on what you did here and pick up some tips! It’s been a total blast living here and I can understand why I’ve been meeting so many people who decided to stay indefinitely. I’m a bit tempted to grow roots here myself… it’s just the second city in the past 16 months of my traveling where I thought I could spend a few years living (the other place is Seoul, South Korea). I had a really busy and fun week here, which I’ll write about soon… Thanks again for your kind words. I know I’m blessed and fortunate to be living this way.

  8. lunasealife says:

    Ha! We have much in common, lady! I knew you were a kindred soul when I saw you at BuenaOnda. And then that was reconfirmed when we were talking today and we both got goosebumps. What about? Oh yes – Lentas Maravillas in Colonia! We will go there in March!!!!

  9. Wow, what a great story! I’m currently working full-time in sales to support my wife and our 5 kids, but one day–when the kids are grown–I dream of traveling abroad. In fact, I’ve studied Mandarin, and I’m currently learning Spanish with the goal of being conversational in both by that time. My daughter’s only 5 so lots of years to practice! Let me encourage you to take lots of video as you travel. It’s a great way to remember and share your experiences.

    • dreamgolive says:

      Thank you for your kind words! I’m not at videos yet.. barely take good enough photos I’m afraid.. My camera does take videos and you’re right, there are many instances where I think a mere photo can’t do justice to what I’m seeing and experiencing. I will give it a go. I’ve found Madarin the most challenging so far but I’m determined to get better! As for Spanish, it’s different in each country and I find that both fascinating and frustrating. I need to keep it up but so far in Buenos Aires, I’m just enjoying my life here and haven’t taken any classes. Argentina is a wonderful place. I hope you’ll put it on your list! Thanks for coming by…

  10. Grace says:

    Hey! Thank you so much for reading my blog! I’ve only been in BsAs for about a month now, so I will definitely be reading up on all your stories and adventures thus far for some advice and recommendations.
    Much love from a fellow foodie! 🙂

  11. t.on.air says:

    Hi there,
    Just wanna stop by and say that you are a very courageous person. Keep up the good work!

  12. Wonderful! Enjoy life! 🙂

  13. dwijenvaidya says:

    Hey Your blog is really inspiring and interesting…..it seems you have traveled many parts across the globe….you are ACTUALLY living the life I have always dreamt of….I am from India and after seeing your blog it seems that majority of your life changing experiences have taken place in India such a holi and inspiring land….next time when you come to India apart from Kerala you must visit Himalayas one of the paradises on Earth (you must know better than me of course)….you should spread your work and inspire others by writing books apart from your blogs….you should arrange webinars/seminars and/or guest lectures so many people would be inspired from you….keep it up…!! Best of Luck…!!

  14. Anicho says:

    wow so cool. We are much alike. I am in the process of wrapping everything up and doing the same thing!! Really done with working so hard and having it the center of my life. If you come to Sydney I would love to meet!

  15. Celia says:

    What a great story! So brave of you to leave everything behind like that. Good on you!

  16. Hello from Breathe Dream Go, another Aurovalley Ashram alumni. Delighted to discover your blog.

    • Hi there! I think often about returning to Aurovalley. I’m hoping to go back to India sometime this year. Good to find another aurovalley alum. Have you been to auroville? I stayed at quiet healing center run by aurovillians and really loved it. Another place I’d like to return to…

    • Many thanks for checking out my blog! I’ve been incredibly negligent in keeping it up but I’m “home” for the next few weeks so I hope to get a few more postings in…

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