In Episode 45 of the Wandering But Not Lost Podcast, co-hosts Matt Emerson and Jan O’Brien discuss the importance of keeping your contacts close this time of year with 5 year-end client connections and then in Wandering Zen, Jan tells her tales of the trails in her spiritual spot – Sedona, Arizona.


Key Points/Takeaways



WBNL 52:  5 Year-End Connections

Between now and the end of the year, we are recommending and challenging you to make at least one connection with the people in you database (your sphere of influence, friends, family, past clients).  In this segment, we discuss 5 ideas for connections.

  1. Gratitude call or text
  2. Pop-by with a gift (Pie before Thanksgiving, Champagne before New Year’s Day)
  3. Introduce your Client Appreciation Program
  4. Happy Holiday card, text, call
  5. Closing Statement (send a copy of the closing statement to everyone who closed on a property with you this past year)


Wandering Zen:  Wandering Sedona


Sedona is my go to place for connecting with spirit, relaxing and finding balance. I am almost immediately at peace upon arrival and love everything Sedona has to offer from the scenery and experience of the red rock vistas to oak creek canyon to the restaurants and ample hiking options. Over 4 million visitors a year go to Sedona to experience the vortexes, gorgeous red rocks and spiritual energy.

Before you start wandering the 300+ miles of hiking trails available in Sedona, I recommend that you visit the Red Rock Visitor Center to pick up a pass. Otherwise you will be paying as each individual trailhead/parking lot.

Daily Red Rock Pass: $5
Weekly Red Rock Pass: $15
Annual Red Rock Pass: $20

Four main vortex areas and recommended hiking areas

Airport Mesa – Sunset or Sunrise Experience
Airport Mesa Vortex is one of the most visited Sedona vortex sites because of its proximity to downtown and it is easy to access. This is probably the most visited of the main vortex areas in Sedona, especially at sunset. There is ample parking at the top of Airport Mesa Rd where you can find a spot to view what is always a breathtaking sunset. From tis parking lot, there is a trail that leads back to Airport Mesa where you can hike to the top for the best 360 degree views of the area Try a sunrise visit to Airport Mesa for another great experience and usually not as many people.

Boynton Canyon 

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People really enjoy Boynton Canyon Vortex and it is one of the few vortexes you can reach out and touch.  It’s located just over one half of a mile from the Boynton Canyon parking area and very easy to enjoy.  Many claim that there are actually two vortexes in Boynton Canyon.  One is a tall red rock formation off to the east known as Kachina Woman and the other is an unnamed red rock formation off to the west.  Many people believe these two actually form one vortex but because of the claims that people often feel energy at one and not the other it is up for debate.  You can also choose to hike around the Enchantment Resort and off deeper into the canyon where there are many areas where people have built energy circles and built rock cairns in secluded areas.  This entire canyon is an amazing place and offers something for everyone.


Cathedral Rock

Hiking or visiting Cathedral Rock is always on my list when in Sedona. Whether it is hiking all the way to the saddle or taking in the iconic view from Read Rock Crossing, it is a must do for me!

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With so many scenic and energetic places in Sedona, Cathedral Rock Vortex stands out as one of the most scenic and most energetic places in Sedona!  To feel the most power at Cathedral Rock, you must get to the Saddle of Cathedral Rock.  But this is one of the most strenuous hikes and a dangerous/steep climb that is NOT FOR EVERYBODY!  The hike/climb to the saddle is only 3/4 of a mile long but rises over 650 feet in elevation over the 3/4 of a mile.  Only the fittest and experienced hikers wearing the proper gear should even attempt to get to the saddle. 


Red Rock Crossing (Crescent Moon Ranch)

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Separate fee area ($10 per car./ $2 for individual/walk-in

The Sedona’s Vortex meditation site that is best for inward meditations for healing old hurts, and easing grief. An Inflow area (also referred to as Magnetic or Feminine). It aids in prayers and reflections where going inward is a key aspect of what you want to accomplish in your meditation. Visitors may also feel that the waters help them to release old hurts and nurture new growth. The babbling brook sounds also have stress reduction benefits.

Red Rock State Park
Two of the three bridges bridges were washed out due to recent flash flooding on our last trip. Kingfisher bridge was open.


The 5-mile network consists of interconnecting loops, which lead you to vistas of red rock or along the lush greenery of Oak Creek. The Eagle’s Nest Loop and the Apache Fire Loop are joined together by the Coyote Ridge Trail. Eagle’s Nest is the highest point in the park with an elevation gain of 300′. These three major loops are connected along the riparian corridor by the Kisva Trail, which also leads up to the short loop of the Yavapai Ridge Trail. The Javelina Trail takes you into the pinyon/juniper woodlands and back to the other loops. Stop by the visitor center desk for detailed information before starting out on the trails. Bikes and horses are only allowed on designated routes.

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Jan’s Recommendations for Dining in Sedona

Vino Di Sedona
A must visit after a day of hiking or sight-seeing! Wide selection of wine and beers. Live music daily – many local musicians. Great backyard area

Oak Creek Brewery
Check out the local brewery and sample the local brews.

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill

Mariposa – Latin Inspired Grill is designed for the ultimate customer experience. The views from the patios and dining rooms are beautiful – especially at sunset.

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About Mariposa and Chef Lisa Dahl (from their website)

For more than 20 years, Chef Lisa Dahl has pioneered the culinary scene in Sedona, Arizona, as the executive chef and owner of four extraordinary restaurants in Northern Arizona’s red rock country that have earned international acclaim: Dahl & Di Luca Risorante Italiano, Cucina Rustica, Pisa Lisa, and the most buzzed-about addition, Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill. 

Dahl was the first chef to introduce fine dining to the small town of Sedona in the late ‘90s and she remains the largest restaurateur in the area with accolades spanning the culinary spectrum. She is a self-taught chef, best-selling cookbook author, and designer. She single-handedly decorated the interiors of each of her restaurants.

 She lives by her mantra, “When you cook with love, you feed the soul.” She believes that flavors should never be overworked. Food should speak for itself and only the best ingredients should prevail.

Pisa Lisa
Best pizza in Sedona!  One of Chef Lisa Dahl’s restaurants.

Breakfast at Coffee Pot Restaurant
Named for the Coffee Pot Rock Formation, our restaurant dates back to the 1950’s in Sedona and has been family-owned and operated for nearly thirty years. A landmark in Sedona and local dining favorite. Breakfast is served all day.  Home of the 101 omelets.

Cathedral Rock, Sedona

Red Rock State Park, AZ

Bell Rock, Sedona

Airport Mesa, Sedona

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