For some adventurous dames, travel is a hobby or glamorous getaway from the stresses of daily life. From the big city and all the intensities that come with the working life. Then for others, TRAVEL is life! It is the living imagination of infinite possibilities for how we see the realities of human existence. From country to continent, and back again, travel vivacity is one of of the highlights that arises when travel is more than an activity, but a lifestyle. A way of experiencing the natural persona, style, character, and element of humanity. An auspicious existence in immersing in the wonder for how travel makes fantastical imagination part of the living reality. That mythical dreams are no longer relegated to the world of fiction. But to be explored and soothed in the context of the real world.
One of those passionate, enthusiastic, comedic, and travel painters of this experience, is none other than New York Times Best-Selling author, former Editor-In-Chief of Yahoo Travel , (currently based at Newsweek), former columnist for the New York Post and Page Six, founder of A Broad Abroad, award-winning journalist, and overall invigorating woman. . .
Paula Froelich. . .
Walk with us on this exhibition of a mind’s journey, to explore how this travel painter sculpts her travel masterpiece!
In your work, what morning rituals have you done to deal with any stresses of travel?
I often meditate and use the Insight Timer app. . .it’s great.
As a writer, what has been your primary therapy in crafting your words onto paper?
Hahaha! I can go through droughts – serious writer’s block… especially if I’m anxious or stressed. So I try to avoid things that stress me out. And then. Just. keep. writing. Eventually, it will get better. Also, I love an editor. Editors (in words and video) are God’s gift and should be way more appreciated than they are.
In your New York Times Best Selling book, Mercury In Retrograde, you have a married attorney, who works overtly hard; a successful, high fashion magazine editor deterred from the career path of her family wishes; and a reporter for a newspaper, working aimlessly towards a promotion only to be let down. Have you or your colleagues related to these three female characters in any way? What advice would you give to young women, recently entering into the career field, who find themselves in these circumstances?
I knew a combo of all three of those characters. the thing is – it’s hard for women. You do have to be better, work harder and just keep at it. In your twenties it’s ok – but then women’s careers tend to plateau after their mid thirties… Surround yourself with your tribe, build a good, strong community and just keep at it. It’s hard – and you can NOT have everything – but with perseverance and luck you can have a lot.
In some of your travel experiences, you have had intriguing, and comical, experiences with animals. Let’s brief mention the owl cafe in Tokyo, Japan that you visited. Lesson learned? Appreciating our personal, bad days at work because someone always has it worse. Please share how animals have comforted (and brought comedy) you on your bad days on the job.
Animals are a mimic of basic behavior. I’ve learned so much from my interactions with them while traveling (for example – never run away or show your back to a snarling dog/lion etc. Remain calm, be submissive and no eye contact…. reminds of a time I was surrounded by 5 men with machetes in the Farraday Market in Johannesburg).
What has been your most euphoric and mentally therapeutic experience of being at Singita Kwitonda Lounge and Kataza House?
All of it. It was a heavenly place. But it has to be three things: 1. the gorillas…. seeing them in the wild and working so hard to get up the mountain to get to them is an outer body experience… it is US. Our relatives… and you feel it viscerally. 2. the people – most of them are locals and have fascinating stories to tell – heartbreaking, lovely and unique… it gives me hope that even if horrific things happen – with perseverance, commitment and forgiveness, you can rebuild. 3. I love, love, love, Singita’s commitment to conservation and how they have started to build a buffer zone around Volcanoes National Park. It’s a deep rooted vision, that will pay off for generations.
Being in the midst of volcanoes at the Singita Volcanoes National Park, have you felt the power of nature’s ability to remove work stressors? Are you being exposed to new, mental therapies, that you can practice when you return to New York?
The practice I bring back is not just exercise, but exercise in actual nature – not in a gym. Leave the phone behind, take a hike (literally), and listen.
In your past (and current) world travels, how has traveling the world, helped to shape your unique, professional allure in your work? What does it contribute to Newsweek?
I think I bring a unique perspective to what I do – a global one that can see something from several different angles/historic perspectives; giving me an ability to analogize situations. It has also made me nimble, and allowed me to problem solve in unique ways.
You are clearly a woman, who uses humor and laughter for her own presentation. What is one comedic strategy (or moment), you have used in your writing? You can name a few more, if you’d like.
Umm… look at almost all of my stories on www.abroadabroad.com (How Not to Accidentally Look Like A Hooker in Iraq, etc)
In your post, “How to Survive A Walking Safari in Africa,” (on A Broad Abroad) you highlighted your experiences in Mfuwe, Zambia, at the South Luangua National Park. I myself, had a similar experience when I traveled to Ghana, West Africa with my mother, sister, and fellow orchestra members in high school. The only difference is that our guards had guns. Yet, with your personal journey, what did this experience teach you about emotional surrender and trust? What lessons did you learn, and how do you carry this into your current, work-travel journeys?
It actually is about faith for me – letting go and just trusting. I get that sense in every journey I make, whether its exotic or Cincinnati, Ohio.
If you could arrange an imaginary, mobile workspace/desk to pack and carry with you throughout the different places you travel, what would it look like? What colors would it have? What would be it’s personal styles and features? Shapes? Designs? How would it suit your own personality and womanhood?
HA! I actually would like to design a proper backpack, as well as a travel clothing line for women as nothing has ever been quite right. I actually made my own perfect travel jacket because nothing else was working…
For Paula Froelich, we are attracted, and in tune, to her inner artistry of that travel Spirit. Every traveler and every travel writer, has their own paintbrush! Some have a medium size. A few paint in giant cups. Others, use a tiny touch. Regardless of how we paint in the travel world, we can’t deny that in this world, is where human beings restore our balance, and oneness, with Earth. With our Universal selves, and all of the planetary forces, that keep our galaxy. . .in balance. As our Lady Froelich continues to channel her own travel artistry, we can only imagine those future masterpieces to be crafted from her visuals. Well, that’s until they actually happen. Then, we no longer have to dream about the fantasies we wish to explore. We can live through, in, around, and within them. Those travel experiences, where we desire to escape the tensions of life become all the more exuberant! And, it all happens when we surrender our paintbrushes into the fantasy-rather than control them. Experiencing faith and comfort, with all a sunny side of ease!
“As even the lowliest $3.99-a-minute fortune teller will inform you, Mercury in retrograde means one thing: if something can go wrong, it will. Basically, sh** just happens.”-Paula Froelich in Mercury In Retrograde
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