Last Chance To Enter and Win an Autographed Copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It!!

Hi everyone!! Spiritual Bahana is giving away a free autographed copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It signed by yours truly, Eduardo Martinez.

For those of you who don’t know, last summer I entered an essay writing contest by the acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert. Liz Gilbert is a New York Times best selling author who’s inspired millions of women and men to look at their lives and change them for the better. Since its release in 2006, over 10 million copies have been sold and it established her as a world famous writer. Eat Pray Love sold over 10 million copies ever since its first release in 2006. Her story of self discovery was also made into a movie directed by Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story and most recently The People Vs. Oj Simpson.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a collection of essays written by fans from around the world who were inspired to go on their own spiritual quest after reading the book. Although I didn’t travel around the world to find myself, I believe you’ll find my simple story of hard work and determination just as inspiring.

As of last week, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It has become number 5 on the New York Times Best Sellers Travel List.

The book and author were also featured on Good Morning America:

You have mutliple chances to win! You can enter by:

  1. Leaving a blog comment lettings us know what you thought of Eat Pray Love.
  2. Following Spiritual Bahana on WordPress (click “follow” on the sidebar—>).
  3. Follow @spiritualbahana on Instagram.

You can chose one or all options for multiple entries. The contest begins today and will run through midnight on Sunday, 5/15. The winner will be announced on Monday, 5/16.

Please click on the link below to log your entries. Best of luck!

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Travel, Friends & Blessings

There are some days when Ed & I get caught up in complaining about our jobs, we start exchanging stories and getting caught in a spiral of negativity. We have to catch ourselves in these moments and we both always acknowledge, with gratitude, that when you work in education, the schedule cannot be beat!

My husband is a teacher, so we are both on the same schedule. Thankfully, this affords us the opportunity to travel together as soon as the school bell releases for the summer.

I have been fortunate enough to visit Spain, Portugal, Morocco, China, Italy and France. I am looking forward to a trip back to China and then to Japan, this summer.

Of the few places I have been so far in my life, Spain has been one of my favorites. I don’t now if it’s because it was the first country I visited overseas, but it has definitely stuck out in my heart. The history, art, beauty and culture made my heart and I truly wish to return someday. It’s the one place I could really envision myself living.

We landed in Madrid and worked our way south, through the Andalucia region. The Spanish way of life just made sense to me. The community felt collective v. individualistic. People lived outside and met in piazzas, instead of shutting themselves in their homes to watch TV. The siesta,…AH, the siesta makes the MOST sense to me. The appreciation for history, architecture, traditions and of course, the sangria and olives everywhere you go, is such a beautiful, beautiful thing.

One day, I will return.

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Plaza Mayor in Madrid

Procession in Toldeo

Procession in Toldeo

Flamenco in Cordoba

Flamenco in Cordoba

La Mezquita in Cordoba

La Mezquita in Cordoba

Columbus' tomb in Sevilla

Columbus’ tomb in Sevilla

The beaches of Tarifa

The beaches of Tarifa

sangria & olives

sangria & olives

As Angelina stated earlier, it’s easy to get caught up in a negative mental funk.  In the instruction book of life, this is part of the human journey that comes with the many blessing we have in life.  When times like these occur, I’m very blessed to have a wide variety of people around that I can count on.  These people range from fun and silly to down right serious – I love them either way.

Friends from work.

Friends from work.

 

Cousins who are more like friends.

Cousins who are more like friends.

Friends from the past

Friends from the past

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Thank you Creator for giving me such an abundant life!

Ed