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Favorite Look Up Reminders of 2019

We all need reminders. Life is busy. Sometimes the to-do list is really as long as a CVS receipt. That's why I created the Look Up Mantra in 2010. Since then, I share Look Up with readers of my books and blog as well as for those that travel with me to Cuba, Japan, Ireland,…
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Hiking the Kumano Kodo Japan – Adventure Travel to Japan

Kumano Kodo Japan If you are like most of the world, you probably have never heard of the Kumano Kodo. I didn't know of it either until I was introduced to the Kumano Kodo trek by friends with whom I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. I certainly knew where Japan was, but I…
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Look Up from Oahu Hawaii to Prepare for Japan

Revisiting the Hawaiian Islands The beauty of Hawaii never gets old: majestic mountain views and dreamy seascapes; however, it is a long way from everywhere. Last month, on a return visit to Oahu, I used both Mother Nature and distance to my advantage to inspire this Look Up lesson and new adventure. Time Zones Away…
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Look Up from Walden Pond

Walden Pond This month, I revisited a special place, Walden Pond. Located a short drive from my mother’s home in Massachusetts, this small pond and wooded area was made famous by Henry David Thoreau in the mid-1800s. Its small, wooden cabin was his home for two years, two months, and two days. During which time,…
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Look Up Tutorial Beachside

There’s a famous quote by Karen Blixen, “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, and the sea.”  I stand behind my peer author’s wisdom as I know a good workout, cry, and/or beach time can cure just about anything. I’ve used Blixen’s tip before. However, I would like to add my two cents…
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Why Traveling Reminds Us All to Look Up

From an early age, I caught the travel bug. At the time, it was because I was curious. Today, I continue to be curious about new people, cultures, tastes, sounds, and sights, but also I have found that traveling reminds me to Look Up. Look Up Mantra Look Up is a mantra that I created…
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Look Up Lesson for the Holidays

Author Heidi Siefkas and Father Looking Up for the Holidays  After a two-week work trip, I returned home for the holidays. I was eager to sleep in my bed, drink from my favorite coffee mug, and even take a long, warm bath. However, this year’s holidays reminded me more of hurricane season than holiday season.…
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Look Up from Ground Zero Hudson River Valley

Look Up from Hudson River Valley, New York Earlier this month, I revisited Hudson River Valley, New York, a region that holds a very special place in many hearts. It is a beautiful area, not far from New York City, that was carved out by glaciers, leaving a gorgeous outdoor adventure playground with rolling hills,…
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Look Up Mantra from Havana Cuba

Happy Look Up Day from Havana, Cuba! For those that have been with me over the last nine years, you know my backstory and the BIG bump in the road. It was on a normal fall day in Poughkeepsie, New York that taking out the trash and a BIG bump on the head and neck became the…
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Look Up Reminder from Out at Sea

This year, I have had a whirlwind of adventures to Cuba, but most of them have been via a cruise ship. Cruising for weeks at a time with little to no Internet nor cell service has been a great reminder to Look Up: 1) Be in the moment & 2) Find the Upside. On this Look Up…
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