Welcome to Wonder Around the World!

 

Quite a remarkable document.

The inspiration for Wonder Around the World has come during a particularly stressful time. The pandemic arrived last spring and I unexpectedly lost my job like millions of others around the globe. To keep my sanity and to challenge myself, I decided to study for the Florida Bar exam. I have a law degree but never practiced law (but that’s a conversation for another day)…

As I began studying the constitutional law section of my bar review course, I was reminded of what a remarkable system our founding fathers came up with for my country, the United States of America. Whether one is happy with the current state of affairs or not, I am in awe of the government that was set up and remains today.

Again, this is a stressful time here in the USA and around the world. I began revisiting a book I have owned for quite some time: Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret the Power. The entire premise can be broken down into three words: focus on love. I thought to myself, “what if we focused on what we love about our country instead of bashing the folks on the other side of the political aisle”? Wouldn’t it be fun to do a new podcast about what we love about our country (instead of all of the negativity that permeates the media these days)?

Let’s make it even more interesting… instead of just talking to my fellow Americans, why not talk to people from around the world? I know I would love to hear about their countries and cultures. What do they love about their country? What would they change if they were in charge? If I were to visit their country for the first time, what would they recommend for me? What should I see, do, eat? What should I avoid?

This new platform is based on these eight beliefs:

  1. I believe in the power of love.
  2. I believe in keeping an open mind.
  3. I believe in actively listening and seeking to understand.
  4. I believe that the world is a wonderful place. It just depends on what we focus on and keeping a certain perspective.
  5. I believe in learning and always growing.
  6. I believe there is no greater classroom than to travel (and these days if we can’t physically travel, let us do some armchair travelling together).
  7. I believe we need each other.
  8. I believe that together, we can heal the world.

A final prong of why I am inspired to start this new platform now, is a book I recently had picked up at my local library, Rick Warren’s What On Earth Am I Here For?. In one weekend, I read all 338 pages. I could not put it down and the book was written and organized in a way to be a daily reading for 42 days. Ha!

As I mentioned earlier, I was unexpectedly laid off from my job, which led me to study for the bar exam… I am a bit at a crossroads right now in terms of my career and working on reinventing the next chapter of my life (which I suspect many of us are doing right now).

I have to say, at age 53 (turning 54 in 24 days but who is counting)? lol 😉 – this, if I let it be, can be a somewhat daunting prospect. I have been doing my best to take care of myself and keep a positive attitude. I liked the message in Rick Warren’s book that I am here to serve God and I am open to God’s plan for me. It’s all still a work in progress but I do know I have the ability to write and facilitate conversations (podcasting is a wonderful medium and I thoroughly enjoyed my two years of hosting my show, Courageously Go)!

We will see where this new adventure leads us. I am thankful to have this inspiration and creative energy. I believe God wants me to use my talents, abilities, and passions to serve the world.

Thank you God and thank you to all of you for being here. May we continue to be blessed and learn from each other. May we never stop listening or being curious. Let us enjoy this adventure of appreciating what we have in our own backyards while we get the delightful opportunity to learn about other places in the world.

Keep Wondering and Growing my friends!

In Peace,

Debra

Sign up to be my guest here!

Aidee Chavez Frescas: Young Professional in Manhattan During Covid Pandemic.

sunset, manhattan, city

I would like to thank my friend Aidee Chavez Frescas who recently joined me here on Wonder Around the World. Aidee is a marketing professional who left Jacksonville, Florida a couple of years ago to do life in the Big Apple. I know you will enjoy hearing from Aidee what life is like for her to be a young professional in the heart of Manhattan right now during this global pandemic.

Aidee is smart and insightful and if you love NYC you will not want to miss this podcast. Thanks Aidee!

Eva Marie’s Beautiful Life in Costa Rica

I had the chance to catch up with my friend, yoga instructor, Eva Marie recently on our show, Wonder Around the World. Eva Marie packed up her bags a few years ago to leave a busy suburban Florida life to a more simple and beautiful life in the jungles and beaches of Costa Rica. I know you will enjoy this conversation. Eva is a beautiful spirit and has much wisdom to share with all of us. You will also enjoy the sounds of the ocean in the background as I spoke to her. Thanks Eva Marie!

You can learn more about Eva Marie and how you may do yoga with her in Costa Rica! Her website: EvaMarieYoga.com

The Amazing “Spunky Old Broad” Dr. Gayle Carson

miami, beach, water

Listen in to my latest podcast and get to know this amazing woman who is the reason why I got into podcasting in the first place. I met Dr. Gayle a few years ago in the St. Petersburg, Florida area for a public speaking training event. One thing led to another and after being a guest on her show, Living Regret Free with Dr. Gayle, I was invited to start my own show. That was the beginning of an amazing two year podcasting adventure with Courageously Go!

Selected as a “Legend of the Speaking Profession,” Dr. Gayle Carson currently hosts over a dozen radio shows per month and is the founder of the sobradionetwork.com and is also the only woman in the world who has a Doctorate, a CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CMC (Certified Management Consultant) and an FIMC (Fellow to the Institute of Management Consultants).

Listen in to our show and get the latest from Dr. Gayle and why you need to put Miami, Florida and San Diego, California on your travel list!

Thank you Dr. Gayle!

What is it like to live in Nairobi, Kenya?

giraffe, kenya, kigio

You will not want to miss this conversation I had recently with my new friend, marketing professional, Maryanne Mbuya. You will soon be wanting to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure in Kenya. Thank you so much Maryanne for sharing your world with us!!

feeding baby elephants, dust bath, nairobi

Thank you MaryAnne. I am honored to now have you in my life. I wish you all the best in this new year and beyond.

Pack Your Bags for Pittsburgh: A Chat with Francie Desmone

skyline, pittsburgh, skyscraper

I am excited for you to meet my new friend, Pittsburgh based Francie Desmone! Francie is an artist, healer, and philosopher who has been working as an acupuncturist for the last 20 years.

An avid sailor and chef, Francie wraps all the things together to create her special blend of acute observation and humor.

Natural Health has been her passion for 35 years and during the pandemic she shifted over to coaching and creating.

As a fiber artist she brings beauty, comfort ,and joy with her creations. 

Currently living in the Midwest ,Francie looks forward to moving back to the sea.

Website: FrancieDesmone.com  Instagram: FrancieDesmone

Thanks, Francie!

A Chat with My Friend Mai Vu: Greetings from the Grand Canyon

Mai Vu is one of the most open-hearted, free spirited, and adventurous people I know. Tune in to my latest show on Wonder Around the World to hear about Mai’s experience spending last spring when Europe was locking down in Baku, Azerbaijan. We also talked about her adventures on the road with her partner Keith (she did this interview with me as she was enjoying a glass of wine on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset time. I was not jealous at all)! LOL

Baku, Azerbaijan where Mai stayed last Spring.
Adventures on the road with her sweetheart, Keith.

Life in Dublin. Meet My Friend Magdalena!

I had the good fortune to reconnect with my friend, Magdalena Moryson on this podcact. Magdalena is originally from Poland but makes her home in Dublin, Ireland with her husband and two young daughters. Tune in to discover why she is so happy to call Ireland home. Thank you, Magdalena, for sharing your time and yourself with all of us. It is always a pleasure to spend time with you!

Tune in!

Meet My New Friend From Karachi, Pakistan: Umama Batool Qazi

One perk about doing a podcast is the connections you make. I love this medium! Thanks to this show, I now feel as if I have a friend and family that I can go and hang out with in Karachi, Pakistan. So, how cool is that?!

I am excited to introduce Umama to all of you. She is a very impressive young professional woman. You will enjoy our conversation and like me, you may start to do a little travel planning to Pakistan…

My friend, Umama Batool Qazi

If you would like to be a guest on my show, sign up here!

Thank you, Umama. I so enjoyed our conversation and I am excited about visiting you and your family one day in your beautiful country.

Love,

Debra

Having these conversations around the world…. so much fun! It’s not such a big world after all …

To work with Umama, her website is: https://www.ubqdigitalmarketing.com/