Gina Greenlee

«We can’t script every detail of our lives. But we can solve the riddle»

Gina Greenlee


«Much of our lives consists of a series of choices over which we have absolute control.»

Gina Greenlee


«The study book for life’s tests is the whole of our experience. Though we may»

Gina Greenlee


«The notion of the perfect time is more than myth. It's the ultimate self-delusion.»

Gina Greenlee


«Much of what we acquire in life isn’t worth dragging to the next leg of our»

Gina Greenlee


«It is not so much the grand dramas of our lives that transform us as it is»

Gina Greenlee


«In the aftermath of the attacks on the United States – that included chaotic overall of airline security – and the exploding tensions in Nepal, friends thought it ill-advised for me to board a flight to Kathmandu. Yet my existence at home felt so tenuous and unpredictable that political unrest in Asia barely registered. Also, it seemed more important than ever for me to keep going, not only overseas but also in the direction of a more satisfying life. Somehow the two felt connected.»

Gina Greenlee


«The goal of this book is do for you what Greg did for me: reframe 26.2 miles as accessible and inspire your first marathon journey, one mile at a time.»

Gina Greenlee


«Take time for yourself. If you feel guilty eating lunch away from your»

Gina Greenlee


«Showing up begins long before you stand at the start. Prove yourself an exception in a world where people talk more than act. Intent without follow-through is hollow. Disappoint yourself enough times and empty is how you feel. Make yourself proud. Fill yourself up.»

Gina Greenlee


«Risk: no full life occurs without it.»

Gina Greenlee


«I knew I could always earn money from a job. What I didn’t know was could I extend the dream of writing beyond my trip?»

Gina Greenlee


«If running a marathon excites you, create space in your life for it. Adding a new commitment means recalibrating different areas of your world. Logging more miles as your race date approaches means less time invested in other pursuits. Not forever, just during the months you train. Too, you will find how training fits into your world serves not only crossing the finish but other areas of life.»

Gina Greenlee


«The gift of solo moments is that they are wholly ours. On or off the road, solo moments connect us inward to ourselves with heightened clarity and insight. They also direct our energies out into the world, magnetizing us to new people and experiences we may not have encountered under any other circumstance.»

Gina Greenlee


«In 2006 I had begun the discernment process for locating my rightful geographic home. By the time my corporate pink slip arrived I had spent two years researching and taking recon trips to five different cities in southern California. Having crossed them off my list, in February 2008 I visited Sarasota, Florida, at the urging of a friend who winters in a neighboring town. Though Florida had never been on my radar, only minutes in Sarasota I knew I’d found home.»

Gina Greenlee


«Wandering is not limited to geography. Also an altered state of consciousness, it allows a disembodied self to drift on currents of collective awareness with minimal attachment to the physical world. This state of wander tapped imaginative faculties that opened me to a freedom of being only previously experienced through travel.»

Gina Greenlee


«Tomorrow is promised to no one. Prioritize today accordingly.»

Gina Greenlee


«Stand up for yourself by not standing yourself up.»

Gina Greenlee


«Forgive someone today. Especially if that someone is you.»

Gina Greenlee


«If companionship is a mandate for all of our experiences, then we will miss out on many of life’s blessings.»

Gina Greenlee


«The best way to teach is how you live your life.»

Gina Greenlee


«Embrace those parts of yourself that you've skillfully avoided until now. That's your true adventure.»

Gina Greenlee


«What do you resist examining up close?»

Gina Greenlee


«Taking risks to create the life you want is an act of trust. It means believing in your ability to create a new reality while you are in the process of creating it.»

Gina Greenlee


«In these pages, traveling “solo” does not necessarily mean “alone.” The absence of other people often suggests regretful isolation. “Solo” by contrast, is a willful decision to be the architect of our own experience.»

Gina Greenlee


«My post-cruise sabbatical would spark the idea for my first book, Cheaper Than Therapy: How to Keep Life’s Small Problems from Becoming Big Ones – The Lesson of the Paper Clips. How? In my data entry job all I did for 20 hours a week was paper clip printouts of computer screens. For three years. I loved it.»

Gina Greenlee


«The answer is neither job, nor paycheck; it is authentic, holistic work born from states of awareness and being. Through the coalescence of joy, wonder, enthusiasm, appreciation, experimentation, perpetual curiosity, exploring new avenues, welcoming surprise and wandering, I have begun the next leg of my journey; I have brought the spirit of the traveler home.»

Gina Greenlee


«It's tempting to believe that a break from life's routine will only cause chaos. But regimen does not ensure security. The only constant we can count on is change.»

Gina Greenlee


«Advice of all kinds from experienced marathoners can sweep you away. Your training, reading and racing will expand your network and everyone has a story – the best shoes, clothes, energy foods. Don’t second-guess yourself or your process. Be friendly, act on advice that feels right for you and leave the rest.»

Gina Greenlee


«Ten years ago I wondered, “How does one travel around the world? How does one step out of a well-established life to follow the dream?” I’ve answered those questions. But now new ones emerge.»

Gina Greenlee