Archive for September, 2018


Road trip recap 

Author: taliaamour
September 30, 2018

road trip recap

I started my journey in Tampa and drove to Savannah to stay overnight. I woke up in the morning to drive up to North Carolina. I got an Airbnb in Saluda. I had no clue where that was or what it was going to be like. It turns out that it’s a very small mountain town full of artists and outdoorsy type. They had one Main Street with some shop and a cute little restaurant called The Purple Onion. There’s lots of history and the small town a lot of the stores have the history of the Town displayed all around. There is a really cool mineral and Gem stores that I visited and spent like 45 minutes in. They have the coolest Bakery Cafe called Wildflower Bakery they had the best scones I’ve ever eaten everything I tried awful menu and in the bakery was excellent. I didn’t get a phone signal but I was able to use public Wi-Fi when I was in town it was a great little Escape there is a place that did excursions Outdoors that I didn’t get to explore due to the short amount of time I spent there. It seems the town has a lot of history with the railroad being the most northern stop on the tracks. There was a lot of Art and handmade crafts soap and garden type items. I stayed in this Old House that was built around 1900 the host had a lot of artifacts that she had found on the property over time it was definitely historic in a cool place to stay

overall it was a really cute little town highly recommended for an escape from the technology-driven mainstream. 

Next I went to Asheville North Carolina. I swear the whole place smells like essential oils. It is definitely a hug for artists hippies and new agers craft beers all around even though I don’t drink. I loved all of the art and little hippie shops with gems and New Age items interesting clothes and unique food selections. I went to a place called French board chocolate and has some great desserts. I had a friend but I got to visit oh, a girl I met at a priestess gathering in Florida we were able to connect and have coffee she gave me some great recommendations for the city and even met me at a five rhythms free movement dance class at the French board Co-op. It was a great experience to have a Nashville especially since the theme of this trip for me is rebirthing. Doing the free movement dance class I was able to get some energy moving and get into my body and out of my head I felt like there was a lot of emotional release and spiritual connection during my stay.

From there I noticed I would be driving through the Smoky Mountains. Right before the Smoky Mountains is the Cherokee Indian Reservation I had to stop and take a look around I visited some of the shops and bought a couple of souvenir items. I would love to return and visit all of the Museum’s that they have.

From there you go directly into the Smoky Mountains. The mountains are magical on the way in I saw a huge elk in a river there were about a dozen people pulled off to the side of the road taking pictures. I drove around and decided to follow a road that led to Clingmans Dome. I’m so glad that Spirit Led me there it’s one of the highest points on the East Coast. It’s so high in elevation over 6,500 feet I hiked up to the Dome but unfortunately couldn’t see too much because we were literally in the clouds it was Misty all arounds and the temperature dropped as I got closer to the top. I met a hiker there who was camping and doing the Appalachian Trail we got to share stories and exchange numbers to stay connected he sent me some awesome pictures of his journey so far and it definitely gave me the hiking bug. I drove a little further and found another spot where I hike the trail it was kind of getting close to dark so I had to turn around after an hour and a half of going out on the way back in it was definitely dark and I had to use my phone as a light to finish the trail back. I absolutely want to go there again and spend some time exploring the mountain.

That night I made it to Knoxville Tennessee where I stayed and another Airbnb in the old town. It reminded me of Ybor City without Centro Ybor. Lots of old historic buildings and bars and restaurants and shops. Unfortunately it was raining a lot that day so I really couldn’t get out and explore the town like I wanted to. The next morning I got up and noticed I would be traveling through the Daniel Boone National Forest

I had the desire to get out in nature and Hike a little bit but it was raining so hard I decided to try to make a stop in the forest anyways. I followed my GPS looking for a trail and the Daniel Boone National Forest. It was kind of exciting except for the fact that it was still really raining I ended up on this Gravel Road that led to a bunch of trails in the forest I wasn’t sure exactly where I was going so I got out of the car and wandered around with an umbrella the rain has let up a little bit so it wasn’t that bad of a stop. I got to a place in the road that was impossible due to all the flooding and rain I think there may have been a parking space around there but I’m unsure because the rain made the road completely impossible I saw a couple of signs for hiking trails they were a little bit overgrown and seem to be less traveled I wasn’t able to go deeply into the forest because I still only had my running shoes with me and the water was making everything really muddy. It was a great stop to make and I’m glad I got to wander around a little bit the force was really thick. On the way out it was a little more challenging to find my way I didn’t have any signal on my phone for quite a while so I was simply trying to follow the access roads that showed up on the map. Eventually I got to a place where I started to get a little more reception but the GPS kept telling me that there were no available routes to anywhere I was trying to go. I continue to follow some of the country roads until I found a gas station then I confirmed a way back to the interstate where I was able to pick up reception and GPS signal.

I can send you it up 75 through the rest of the forest and stopped at a little town called Berea. In Kentucky. I found an artist display center where I was able to pick up some other maps and attractions the area had. There is a college there and a Historic Hotel and restaurant. I was pretty hungry at that point in getting tired so I decided to go to the restaurant it was called Boone’s Tavern. They are known for their spoonbread I wasn’t really sure what that was so I decided to try it it’s kind of like a cornbread souffle it was really good. I had a nice steak and ended up having a piece of walnut chocolate pie for dessert. It was fun to try some different food items that I hadn’t experienced before. I was looking for an inexpensive place to crash that night so I ended up at a small motel off the interstate it was such a small town it was actually really clean the bed wasn’t the greatest and there weren’t a lot of pillows but it was sufficient for sleeping for the night. The next morning I wanted to try to get outside and go hiking again since the rain had cleared. I went back into the town got some coffee and a sandwich and hit the road. I found a place called raven run nature preserve that had a lot of trails and a nature center. I decided to stop at the Walmart on the way out there so I could grab some different shoes I found some waterproof work boots and that may have been the best $40 I spent.

On the way out to the Nature Preserve I saw some of the biggest houses I’ve seen so far on this trip they were massive out in the middle of nowhere in Kentucky they had beautiful fences and tons of horses and cows. And it blows my mind as to how they build these massive houses out in the middle of the country like that it makes me wonder what these people do for a living to have such large Estates where is five or six cars in the driveway.

I finally got to Ravens run nature preserve and put those hiking shoes on I’m so glad I got them because the trails were definitely muddy from the rain. I probably hyped about 4 miles out there it was Forest Rivers some small waterfalls and there was an overview of a large river

I met a couple at the Overlook and we talked for a few minutes they were from South Carolina coming up for a football game

There were Buckeyes everywhere on the ground I saw a lot of meat birds even a red cardinal. I saw a deer when I was hiking the trail and got to a spot or two small rivers came together there was a sign that said it was a place for an Old Mill from the 1800s. It was amazing to think that people were out there during that time working and living out in the wilderness like that. I sat by those Rivers for a while and meditated and enjoy the sounds of the Rushing Water over the rocks. I continued along the trails and it got to a point where it was all Meadows the Sun was shining by then and it was starting to get warmer I was glad I had layers on when I started out I was kind of cold but by the time I was done I was in my tank top and a little sweaty. On the way out I stopped at the Nature Center they had a lot of interesting fossils and artifacts going back to the 1800s they had histories about the mill and the families that had lived on that land before it was acquired as a nature preserve.

I ate some of the food I had in my car and then decided to make the drive towards Cincinnati.

It was me coming into the city crossing the river out of Kentucky and into Ohio I could see all of downtown Cincinnati. I got to my Airbnb and was pretty tired.

The next day I woke up and decided to explore the city some I went to Eden Park and wandered around there for a while it was near the conservatory so I stopped in there and got to see all of the plants they had growing there. Outside they had butterfly gardens and a lot of flowers on display it was a really beautiful spot there is even a place in the park that had lots of ducks so I sat on the park bench for a while watching the Ducks. There was also a place that overlooks the river and you could see for miles along the river and across it. 

I decided I wanted to find some chocolate or dessert I started looking around on Google Maps and picked a place that brought me over to a market in a historic district. It was a farmers market full of fresh food and meats and artist. I found a place that had real Belgian waffles I got a couple of bags of them they were absolutely amazing. I finally found the chocolate store it was called Mavericks. They make the chocolate and small batches from the chocolate pods all the way to the finished products they had so many different types of chocolate and really interesting flavored truffles the smell in the store was absolutely Heavenly you could see the machine spinning the chocolate in the back and all of the chocolate making equipment and molds everywhere. I bought a couple of bars of chocolate and a small box of truffles to go. Aftermarket I found a little stand that had some really good cold brew coffee it was called Nitro coffee I guess it has more caffeine in it and it’s infused with nitrogen it was really good. I decided I should probably eat some real food before I started to indulge and Olive my treats so I went to the restaurant across the street called Harvest. It says that it’s a pizzeria but the reviews said that the hamburgers were really good too. I’m not a hamburger person but I figured what the hell I’m trying new and different things on this trip maybe I should try to eat a hamburger. I’m really glad that I did it was excellent and very filling! 

I will be heading to Cleveland next then to Pittsburgh so stay connected along the way and send me an email if you want to connect taliaamour@protonmail.com

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The journey continues 

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Authentic Giving

Author: taliaamour
September 10, 2018

authentically giving 
I think it’s time we had a deeper conversation giving authentically. I often speak of this but realize I have not really dove in into the depths of what this means. 

I will use money as an example since most people understand the concept as it applies to money. I’ve been taught that there are three levels of giving:

compensatory

donation 

tithing 

Most of our world is based on compensatory giving. it’s the exchange that is clear cut and finite. I give you $5 for a sandwich, I pay $30 for a month of gym access….you get the idea.

Donation is about I will give you x amount of money to use for…feeding the homeless or the children’s medical center… it is the understanding that the money will go towards a certain cause but it does not have to say exactly what that money paid for…it’s a little more open ended.

Tithing is about giving usually to a spiritual source without the expectation of anything in return. There is no guarantee on what the money that you are giving is going to be used for, you are simply giving to show gratitude. 

When we think of this spiritual principle in relation to money it makes sense so now consider what happens when we apply this spiritual principle to our sex lives (and the rest of our lives for that matter) 

Applying this principle requires us to really examine our motives and our intentions for doing what we do. This can be a challenging process if you act on impulse and unconsciously based on past experiences and patterns of the past. (It’s recommended to work with a coach or talk with someone that has experience in this arena if you do not understand the concepts self examination.)

Resentments are formed when we give more than we are capable of, when we have expectations around what we are giving. Time, energy, gifts…. Usually the situation is that you are giving with the expectation of getting something in return or getting a certain response and your expectation is not met. 

Are you often disappointed? Then it’s time to examine your motives and intentions. 

You should never give anything that you cannot afford to give and I’m not just talking about money- I’m talking about energetically emotionally, physically and spiritually. 

Setting healthy boundaries for yourself and other people can be a tool used to prevent resentments and disappointment. Evaluate the situation are you comfortable saying yes even if you don’t get anything in return? or is this a situation with clear expectations there for a compensatory interaction is required?

 There are people who tend to be natural givers and this is okay however and that situation they often find themselves giving more than they can bear and attracting people that will just take take take and bulldoze them leaving them feeling like a victim. 

The reality is is you still played a part in that situation, yes the person may have been wrong for taking too much, however you must examine your part in the situation that you allow this to happen. People will treat you the way that you allow them to.

It’s like the saying never let anyone borrow more money than you can give away without getting it back; then if they pay you back good times but if they don’t pay you back you’re not going to be in a financial crisis yourself. 

Apply that principle to your emotional and energetic and spiritual lives as well as physical.

Apply this principle of authentic giving to the bedroom. We often do things with the expectation that we are pleasing our partners, the fact remains that you probably have not even ask your partner what they like or what pleases is them. Eventually you will sooner or later find out that these things you’ve been doing may not be having the effect that you want them to have- fake orgasms, avoiding sex all together, treating sex as a chore…

When you do finally have the conversation about why they don’t want to have sex with you ( side note most women would rather have no sex instead of having bad sex/sex when their needs are not met) at that point there will be a resentment for that person not telling you and you will be upset and disappointed….usually the reason why your partner didn’t tell you they didn’t like what you do or don’t do is because they didn’t want to hurt your feelings. 

When we acknowledge things simply as information not as a personal attack it opens the door for communication that is positive and beneficial. It is never too late to have conversations about what is pleasurable and for filling to you especially because this can change overtime.

There’s a time and a place for each level of giving just to make sure that you are aware of which level is appropriate and that you are aware of your motives and intentions in each situation. 

If you are not sure what type of situation you are entering into you need to find a way to have that conversation. It is important that everyone involved in the situation has a clear understanding of expectations and boundaries. You want to have consent and be in a mutually beneficial energetic exchange. Having these conversations allows you to decrease possibility miscommunications and invites pleasure and joy in! 

Now the flip side of authentic giving is authentic receiving. Can you allow yourself to experience pleasure without having the need to discount yourself, make it all about the other person?? You cannot authentically give if you cannot authentically receive for example can you simply take a compliment and just say thank you? When you discount someone’s authentic giving you are ultimately blocking the flow of abundance into your life and theirs. This actually sounds like a deep Topic in may require another blog post so it’s food for thought right now….
If you get a benefit from reading my blog or some other source consider making a tithing to them. This shows that you are grateful for the information that you are receiving. it’s also a form of authentically giving because there is no expectation of getting anything in return you are simply giving authentically to say thank you.  

If this Blog has benefited you in anyway and you would like to tithe you may send me a gift certificate gift card or simply send money to a friend on PayPal. holisticprogressions@yahoo.com

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I am based in Tampa 

my 2018 travel dates

Asheville NC 9/23-9/25

Knoxville TN 9/25-927

Cincinnati OH 9/27-9/30

Columbus OH 9/30-10/2

Cleveland OH 10/2-10/5

Pittsburgh PA 10/6-10/8

Philly 10/8-10/10

DC 10/10-10/14

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