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Insights from the Road: Kiwi and Company

Editor’s Note: In her last columns, Shelly Zavala wrote about her adventures purchasing a Dodge Ram Promaster 3500 Roadtrek Zion. Now, she’s preparing for her hiking and camping outings. I took a flagship drive to Crystal Cove and did a hike. I love sitting up high in the van and...

Insights from the Road: The Morning After

Editor’s Note: In her last column, Shelly Zavala wrote about her adventures purchasing a Dodge Ram Promaster 3500 Roadtrek Zion last February. The next day, she wonders if she did the right thing. What have I done? Waking up at 5:30 a.m. with my first thoughts – as I think most...

Insights from the Road: What Have I Done?

February 2021: Today is the day I possibly get my Airstream. I’m excited. And scared. After a rough start to the morning, my friend and I leave at 7 a.m. to go hike Sugar Loaf Peak in the Cleveland National Forest. We made it about halfway up. So beautiful, the...

Insights From the Road: Getting Started–Maybe

Covid has changed our lives in so many ways.  It has made us think differently about life, and even about how we live life. Some of you might remember my articles called Insights. I am shifting my direction, not that what I shared with you before is not important—it is...

Insights: How to Have a Grateful Holiday

It is that time of year again—the holidays are upon us. Who knew this time last year that we would have gone through all we have this year, and that we would be wondering if we should be spending time with our friends and family this holiday season. Do...

Insights: A Wedding to Remember

One of the happiest days of my life happened last weekend: My daughter got married.  Yes, a COVID wedding with all the precautions. They actually have very cool masks for the bride and groom and of course I had to get one of those as well. I am not sure...

Insights: Experiencing Life

Have you ever had an experience where what you were looking at was so incredible you could not take it all in? Last weekend I decided to do a last-minute trip to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park in Utah. The weather was still in the 80s so it...

Insights: Moving Through Life

So often people act surprised at the challenges we face in life. This of course creates more pain. Pain truly is part of life and always will be. We have not been guaranteed an easy time. Many difficult things can happen in a life time. As I wrote in my...

Insights: The Choice

Finding myself complaining about the heat this past week, I had to stop myself and come back to asking myself the question, ‘Shelly, is this really an issue?’ Of course, the answer was no. It brought me back to the idea to stop complaining, controlling and judging what is outside...

Insights: Creating Purpose Through Baking

Baking is one of my favorite things to do. However, eating my baking is what gets me in trouble—I eat too much of it! Therefore, my neighbors often inherit these goodies, and they love it. Of course, they are more than happy to indulge in my baking. I think I...