Author: lizjansen
Healer, author, and motorcycle aficionado Liz Jansen combines her artistic mediums to create stories that inspire readers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery. No helmet or jacket required.

Preparing for Travel: Choose What to Bring Along

All going as planned, two weeks from today I’ll be riding through northern Michigan on Day Two of the Long Road Home moto-book tour. The next six days of riding and camping will take me across the northern states and

Succumb or Surmount? Overcoming Fear

It’s no secret that fear grips me at the thought of riding down a gravel road. Even when the surface is relatively hard-packed, my mind races ahead to send me images of how conditions could become looser or deeper further

Dancing the Delicate Balance Between Will and Surrender

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Photo on Visualhunt We’re taught that not knowing the answer is not a good thing. From first grade on, we’re marked on what we know. To surrender to the unknown, to accept there is more that we can’t explain than

The Blue Blue Sky — Where Dreams Live

Other than the occasional deluge of water from the overhead deck when the dog dumps over his bowl, the greatest hazard in my outdoor office is the distraction from the blue, blue sky. Today’s clouds are cotton balls but whatever

How to Find the Right Motorcycle Gear: Talk to an Expert

I’ve been on the hunt for the right motorcycle gear. My Gore-Tex suit, riding boots, and gloves have served me extremely well, but they’re worn out. The jacket and pants are no longer waterproof even when treated, boots take on

How to Find the Holy Grail: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of attending weekend meetings with Adyashanti (Adya), whose spiritual teachings draw from cross-cultural wisdom. One of the stories Adya referenced was that of King Arthur and the Holy Grail. While legend refers

12 Ways to Respond to the Call of the Unknown

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We’ve all been there. We hear the call of the unknown but there are too many reasons why we can’t do it. How do we get started? We tell ourselves life isn’t so bad and we should be content with

Celebrate Life and Party Like It’s 1999!

I’m not a party animal but Prince’s Party Like It’s 1999 keeps playing through my mind. Why now? Written in 1982 it impelled listeners to let go and revel because why not? The world was ending in 2000. There were

Porcupine Wisdom and Speeding Through Life

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The irony of last week’s blog title, Caught Speeding, only dawned on me yesterday. It’s not the first time I’ve been caught this year. But it was an unexpected encounter with porcupine wisdom that made the lesson stick. In January,

Caught Speeding: Traveling Through Life at 65

As of yesterday, I’ve walked this earth sixty-five years! Without question, it’s the most significant milestone ever. It beats turning fifty, a year into my new life as a self-employed single person. Half a lifetime of trying to adapt to