Five Tips for Journeys of Self-Discovery

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Journeys of Self-Discovery

New York City resident Julissa Guzman leads a career as a passionate independent makeup artist with a history of working with models for magazines, print advertisements, and other media types. Outside her career, travel plays an important role in Julissa Guzman’s life, and she values these ventures as critical journeys of self-discovery. Individuals interested in using travel as a form of self-discovery should keep the following suggestions in mind.

1. Consider traveling alone. Traveling alone allows you to focus on yourself without worrying about the needs, wants, and concerns of others. Solo travel also gives introverts an opportunity to explore outside their comfort zone and express themselves more openly without worrying about the pressures and expectations of family, friends, and colleagues.

2. Keep an open mind. Remain open to new experiences and welcome deviations from the norm. Take notice of the little things and refrain from restricting yourself to familiar practices, activities, and places. Moreover, consider a completely unfamiliar place as your destination or travel route in order to give yourself an entirely new experience.

3. Plan. Planning does not necessarily mean creating a detailed itinerary. Rather, it means making the necessary preparations before leaving: pack appropriate clothing and supplies, consider purchasing an AAA membership, and remember to inform close friends and family of your general direction or destination. In addition, you may want to designate one person as a daily contact.

4. Focus on the journey, not the destination. Placing too much focus on the journey’s final destination or ultimate goal can detract from the overall experience and result in making few, if any, new discoveries about yourself. Keep your focus on the journey itself and the experiences it has to offer. Let yourself get lost in the moment, appreciate the little things, and avoid making grand expectations.

5. Make changes. If you succeed in discovering new things about yourself, don’t force yourself back into old habits. Consider making permanent changes that alter your life for the better.


Paulo Coelho and Ute Lemper’s Musical Collaboration “9 Secrets”

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9 Secrets

A makeup artist based in New York, Julissa Guzman is an avid reader who enjoys works of fiction as well as self-help books. Julissa Guzman’s favorite fiction writer is Paulo Coelho. Best-known as author of The Alchemist, the Brazilian novelist is also known as a lyricist who recently collaborated with Ute Lemper on the album The 9 Secrets.

The German singer-actress, who currently stars in the Broadway revival of Chicago is known for her interpretations of Kurt Weill songs. She speaks of the album as reflecting an upbringing in postwar Germany, with her hometown of Munich still recovering from World War II bombing and immersed in Cold War uncertainty. Music presented the perfect escape route from a chilling reality.

The album itself had its genesis in Lemper reading Paulo Coelho’s book, Manuscripts Found in Accra, and discovering “a beautiful connection to the soul.” As it happened, Coelho was intimately familiar with Lemper’s work, and he allowed the singer to take those phrases from the book that most resonated and place them within a lyrical poetic frame. The resulting album is a series of atmospheric performances designed to amplify Coelho’s words.