Guest post for Passport Voyager- The Ultimate USA Bucket List!

August 23, 2018

Foodies, unite 🙂

I am thrilled to have been invited to guest post for Passport Voyager‘s delicious blog! Now…you may be wondering what on Earth this has to do with healing or being a highly sensitive person… well…. food is the ultimate way to ground. For myself personally, it is the solution to the many things my body is directing me to do. Whether traveling, having just arrived from travels, when feeling tired or depleted, I need to eat something.

Additionally, there’s extreme healing properties to nourishing ourselves with certain foods- I personally must have animal protein, I respond greatly to bone broths, and soups; when I land in NYC, I pull up my Seamless account and order nutrient dense food to re-ground me, and help my body and nervous system feel safe and recalibrated.


In addition to my personal favorite restaurants in Manhattan which I’ve reviewed here:, you’ll find this USA food bucket list legit 😉


Eat, ground, heal, rebalance! Happy reading and eating!


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Don’t Leave Home Without These Products!

August 22, 2018

Disclaimer#1: This post contains affiliate links- because I love you and want to send you the best of the best people, products, and places that I’ve found. If you decide to purchase any products from the Alchemist’s Kitchen- be sure to enter your special code: ZAKI at checkout for FREE SHIPPING!

Disclaimer #2: This is a personal blog. Any views or opinions represented in this blog are personal and belong solely to the blog owner and do not represent those of people, institutions or organizations that the owner may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity, unless explicitly stated.Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual. All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. The owner will not be liable for any errors or omissions in this information nor for the availability of this information. The owner will not be liable for any losses, injuries, or damages from the display or use of this information.

And now…onto the good stuff! Don’t leave home without these products!

The most common question I get asked as a world traveler is- how do you stay grounded when you’re traveling so much?

My answer is: I am still learning!

Though I am still learning, one of the most powerful things I’ve done for myself in my life is to observe, learn, and understand my habits. I pay closer attention to my body’s needs and signals, I’ve learned to recognize when and what my body is asking me for during my travels whether local or international. Truly listening to our bodies is a big challenge today for all people, and most especially for highly sensitive people. If you’re anything like me, you might overlook your need for basic things like: sleep, water, or food when they are the exact medicine that you need. This is my utmost basic advice for highly sensitive travelers- listen closely to your body and its needs. Rest when you feel tired, less is more, you’ll be grateful later, get rid of anything that’s uncomfortable, eat on your travel days- I personally need a lot of protein on my travel days, drink more water than you think you should- you will be dehydrated! Wherever you arrive, soak up the local energy, culture, and food, eat what’s in season in the region you are visiting, and most of all… don’t forget to enjoy yourself!

I also want to share my opinion on budgets. It can feel impossible to travel the way that is most supportive to you with a budget, but I wanted to share how essential it is to take the best care of yourself possible. I know that the budget airlines, hostels, and low cost lodging can be so enticing for the vacation or holiday of your dreams, but for myself personally, the amount of time it takes to recover from a terrible budget airline, 33 hour bus ride, or lodging without privacy and quiet throws my nervous system, sleep, and well-being off for longer than the actual amount of time I spent. Over time, it isn’t worth it. I have found that the extra money towards an airline I love and trust like JetBlue infinitely makes up for the stress, discomfort, and pressure of trying to save a buck or two.

Now, for the products I now don’t leave home without!!

I have formed a partnership with one of the best stores in New York City called The Alchemist’s Kitchen. They are located at 21st E. 1st St between Bowery and 2nd Avenue. Being a Seattleite by birth, I’ve been instilled with a deep desire to connect to the earth as often as possible. This can be in the form of being in nature, being near an element like a river, or by surrounding myself with products that are hand-made in small batches, infused with certain properties, and made by people who have a desire to help make this world a better place, to help people heal, and to help us reconnect back to our own wisdom and rhythm. Every product from the Alchemist’s Kitchen feels this way. Every single one. Every single person who works there. Every single email or ad of theirs reflects their integrity, ancient wisdom, and powerful healing tools directly from the earth for modern day.

The care and purity they create their products with stands out to me. I can inherently feel when a product, person, or situation isn’t quite aligned for me. But, take me into the Alchemist’s Kitchen, and it’s like Christmas in front of me in which I want every single item available!

Thanks to their kind and knowledgeable employees, they directed me to the products that would best support me on my 3 month travels throughout the summer.

These are the products I have tested and relied on during my international travels this summer, and I cannot state just how powerful they are, how supported I felt having them, and how they are as essential as my underwear 🙂



I also wanted to add that one of the most powerful medical mediums in the world is a close friend of mine- she told me during our first reading that I am allergic to the plastic that the majority of medicine and vitamins are encased in. I always knew deep down there was something off about taking vitamins, I never felt better when I took them no matter what I did… and this made perfect sense. I now exclusively use tinctures- which enter into the body in a more efficient manner, and if I must take something in pill form, I look for tablets or anything that doesn’t have a plastic casing.

I cannot recommend my friend Heather enough- she is one of a kind- reach out to her here for readings or house clearings:

  1. Don’t forget to enter ZAKI at checkout for FREE SHIPPING!
  2. Immunity Formula- this is one of the most important tools to have in your daily life, and most especially during travels with the change in altitude, weather, temperature, climate, timezones, and at times seasons. I rely on this daily while I’m traveling! I add it to my water glass or water bottle, and feel confident that I am setting up my body to ground strongly, and be balanced for any upcoming changes that may throw me off my natural rhythm.

    The description on their website and link below!

    This fantastic fungal formula contains five highly revered mushroom allies known to promote wellness of mind, body, and spirit. These beings are known to fight and prevent cancer, stimulate immunological equilibrium, enhance cognitive function and clarity of mind, regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, and detoxify the body.


3. Grounding Flower & Gem Tincture


In addition to flower essences being delightful, they have powerful healing properties. This was my first time using a flower and gem tincture, and I found it just as wonderful as my other tinctures that I add to water or liquids throughout the day. This tincture stands out by specifically helping to heal from electronics.

Grounding Flower & Gem Tincture

Made by Sister Spinster

This vibrational remedy by Sister Spinster Apothecary was made to protect our energies from technological chaos. The consistent use of technology can overwhelm our spirits and leave us feeling disconnected from our bodies and the Earth.

3. Jetlag Tincture!


This is one of the most powerful discoveries I’ve ever made! There are a few other versions that exist out there, but I align most with the vibration and level of commitment that the Alchemist’s Kitchen brings to all of their products.

Jet lag is most certainly one of the most challenging things about travel, and how to manage it if you’re traveling often, frequently, or if your simply sensitive to readjusting your biorhythm like I am.

Jetlag First Aid

Made by Herbal Moon Apothecary

This whole plant-based formulation is likely to become a favorite travel companion, designed to relax the body, restore circadian balance, and refresh the body clock. The tincture is produced in a beautiful artisanal process with fine organic herbal ingredients that include Avena Sativa, Ginko Biloba, Skullcap, Motherwort, Passionflower and Olive Leaf.  Made under the watchful stewardship of herbalist Megan Gurule out of Washington State.

4. Teva Organic Sun Protect SPF 30


After a truly hellacious bout of shingles this winter, I became extremely sensitive to what I was putting into and onto my body. I generally think I am doing the best I can to ingest and support the purest form of food and products, but there’s always a circumstance that can prevent you from being totally prepared or items that you cannot take with you on your travels. I actually ended up buying a regular, chemical-laden sunscreen, and for some reason simply could not pack it with me. My body was telling me that there was something better out there, it just didn’t occur to me in the busy last days of preparing to leave for 3 months to look for organic sunscreen. Thanks to the Alchemist’s Kitchen, I found this wonderful sun protection!

Made by The Alchemist’s Kitchen

TEVA Skin Science’s SunProtect SPF30+ is a 100% Non-Toxic Mineral Barrier Sun Block containing 23% Zinc Oxide by weight. Unlike many manufacturers we don’t use the cheaper Titanium Oxide as it is irritating to so many people, especially children. Our ZO is micronized but never nano-particulated (Nano particles are small enough to enter the blood stream!) 

Based in skin nourishing & moisturizing Shea Butter in a lightweight Lotion format, and fortified with many essential oils such as coconut, olive and carrot seed which have UV properties of their own, we go a step further and infuse this formula with our concentrated steam-distilled (in our own lab) botanical essences to help shield and protect your skin from premature photo-aging with free radical scavenging anti-oxidants. Citronella extract gives a wonderful light citrus scent while discouraging flying insects.

6. Conscious Coconut Oil


Last but not least!! I am SO IN LOVE With this coconut oil- it couldn’t be more perfect for my needs, socially and environmentally responsible, travel friendly, and the least messy of all coconut oils! Coconut oil has been one of my go-to products since I first learned of its incredible properties. I once again needed something to soothe the aftermath of my very serious case of shingles, and I initially brought a small tub of coconut oil with me. It was messy, frustrating, and I had to be sure I wouldn’t have to toss it out during airport security screenings. When it was cool enough temperatures, and it froze up, it was frustrating to deal with! This tube is a lifesaver.

Not only is it travel friendly- it is Conscious Coconut Oil, Fair Trade Certified, and provides a meal to a child through Feeding America. These are all essential to my soul.




Conscious Coconut is a social enterprise fueled by love. Their fair trade, organic coconut oil is certified through Fair Trade USA ensuring safe working conditions and just compensation for farmers and factory workers. Once our tubes arrive in the States they are packaged by adults with learning disabilities through the Macdonald Training Center in Tampa. For every tube sold Conscious Coconut gives a child a meal through Feeding America. They are committed to raising awareness for childhood hunger in the United States, and since their launch last June they have fed 25,000 children.



This oil is crafted using the traditional cold-pressed method, without the use of heat or pressure. As a result, it is never exposed to any harsh or yucky chemicals. This ensures that it retains its natural, powerful antioxidants and anti-fungal effects – just as nature intended.



+ Face Wash

+ Hair Conditioner

+ Oil Pulling (Rather than Toothpaste)

+ Treatment of Scars and Infections

+ Light Sun Protection

+ After Sun Care

+ Face and Body Moisturizer

+ Make-Up Removal

+ Itch Relief 

+ Shaving Cream


Happy shopping and grounding!

Hello, world!

June 2, 2018

** note: this post contains affiliate links because I’m starting this off the smart way 🙂 **

The third time is indeed the charm! Hello, everyone 🙂 Mira here with my 3rd blog adventure. This time I’ve been wonderfully prepared by some of the best people in the business. I started my first blog in 2009 when I decided to run off to Australia for 3 months. This so happened to coincide with the 2008 financial crisis. With an uncertain future and a class action lawsuit check in hand, I decided to take a mental break from the USA with a once-in-a-lifetime plane ticket cost to the Southern Hemisphere. My friends were begging me to share my daily adventures, so I decided to start a blog that only lasted as long as my trip.

The second time, per the suggestion of a business coach, I created another blog for my photography, and found that my heart simply wasn’t in it. I wasn’t keeping up with it, I wasn’t posting every single day as necessary. The truth is- I really had no idea what I was doing. But now…there’s intention, there’s a purpose, and I’ve armed myself with a lot of support and ever-expanding knowledge.

I decided to start this blog because I found a remarkable mentor and I have a deep desire to find and share more ways to live a more joyful, grounded, and life full of flow and ease. My mentor and teacher is: Jessie Festa of Jessie on a whom I’ve met in person in NYC. She’s an incredible leader in this industry, and an all around wonderful human to know. I don’t think anyone on earth gives better travel tips than she does for solo female travelers, and for ethical and responsible travel- both issues that are near and dear to my heart.  If you want to check out her incredible course: Travel Blog Prosperity, do yourself a favor and click here on my affiliate link. She covers every aspect of blogging extensively, and is extremely generous with her wisdom, experience, and readily available to help her students!

So, why a blog… again? WELL. I’m about to leave for 91 days of travel. 3 months and a day. As a traveling photographer, even I am thinking… wow… that’s a long time! (despite the fact that I’ve done it twice before!) In addition to wanting to document my trip, form new partnerships and relationships, continue to share my writing with the world, I have a new intention. As a highly sensitive person, an intuitive, and an empath, I want to share methods, tips, and tricks for successful and comfortable travel for fellow highly sensitive people. If you’re not a highly sensitive person, you can also benefit from the tips I will be sharing because everyone experiences travel anxiety, jet lag, and other travel related issues.

In addition to these methods, I want to highlight and share the art of travel. I originally wanted this as my blog name, but alas it was taken and I did not desire the fight for the domain name.

The art of travel for me personally has included all the glory that travel brings: clarity, opening my mind, the opportunity to have a break from your daily life and the pressure of being at home, peace, contentment, excitement, intrigue, being in a new environment- or revisiting an old one, stepping WAY out of my comfort zone- e.g. riding a horse up an active volcano in Guatemala…yes, seriously, I did it!- see photo below!

I mention this because one thing to know about me is that I am not an activity-based adventure kind of girl. I’ve mainly been a culinary, art, and live music traveler who prefers wandering around a city and eating to extreme sports that may kill me 😉

Back to my list of the art of travel…I love meeting incredible humans all over the world, learning about their culture, eating their delectable food, discovering local art and music, making new friends, finding fascinating historical sites, objects, and rituals. Now, the healing art of travel includes my intention to highlight the tools I will be using and testing along the way in order to maximize the comfort level of my travel experiences while maintaining my energy levels, re-grounding, and actively fighting jet lag 😉

I hope you’ll join me and tune in on my upcoming adventures! I already have some exciting announcements! (hint: I found the cure for jet lag!)




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