Dirty Dishes Travel blog is on the way……

Throughout my life I have done things my way, and they have always worked out – as if I’ve had luck in my corner. Of course there were challenges along the way, but these were always dealt with head on and produced great results. This approach brought me around the globe: living from Tel Aviv to London to Tokyo to Jakarta to Buenos Aires; from Wall Street to Main Street to Midaq Alley; from an apartment on Fifth Avenue to living out of my car. No matter what, I was “all in.” This approach has brought me both failures and successes, including a once thriving and financially successful business. The question for me was not whether I would be successful in life, but rather, how?

All of my optimism and bravado came to a crashing halt one cold December holiday night, when after an evening out with good friends, I suffered an accident. I was beaten with a pipe and later found under a moving train, resulting in quadriplegia. Given virtually no chance to walk again, I was devastated. But I also had hope, and lots of it. A fire that exists deep within, and has since childhood, burns on no matter the circumstances. I am here for a bigger mission. What would that mission now be? Better yet, how would I get through the mess that I was about to face?

Nothing could have prepared me for what was to come. Every part of my life– emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, financial, including family and friend relationships, suffered. Still, not ten seconds of pity passed through me while I lay on that gurney in a cold, dark, sterile hall in the trauma center, with a priest’s hand on my arm, I was determined to recover, to heal. This sense of optimism was supported by a deep inner belief that all things in life are impermanent, and no matter how bad it was, it too would eventually pass. Having a background as an entrepreneur, I organized and operated my recovery as a business, down to a daily spreadsheet that had my time split into fifteen minute segments. This process changed me in deep, introspective ways, allowing me to get in touch with my heart– with compassion for myself and others.

As a result, today I am a changed man; a new person, reborn into a new body. I embarked on a journey of recovery and healing that brought me through great pain and darkness, a result of looking deep within for the bigger answers related to who I am and what my purpose is here, only brought home through God’s grace and the sweet song of having touched my inner-self-soul. After six and half years of grueling physical therapy, I am also now learning to take steps again. There is no doubt in my mind, I will walk and run again. My body is sure to follow.

Upon completion of writing my first book, Unbreakable Mind, Channeling your Survival Instincts after Catastrophic Injury, so many new doors and life opportunities, otherwise previously unavailable possible options to me because I lacked the chutzpah and know how of injured travel, now opened up as a result: I was invited to give motivational and inspirational speeches the world over. One of the greatest rewards of my recovery was my ability to get back onto an airplane and travel the world again. So often in life the injured are marginalized by friends and family, and most definitely by the travel industry as a whole. Some days it was hard enough to get the courage to leave the house, let alone plan and take an international trip where so many factors [the injured like to be in control of] are outside of your control.

Stepping onto my first plane again after seven years of being unable to travel gave me my life back – it made me feel whole and complete again; a new and refreshing breath of air was breathed into my heart. It is my hope my travel expeditions and experiences can also assist others in a similar situation to find the courage to start living life again. Injury, mental and physical, affect so many in our own personal lives – and will only increase over time as sickness and disease become more and more prevalent in a modern society so reliant on doctors and medicines that do not heal. Starting to live life again through domestic or international travel has endless physical and mental health benefits.

If you or someone you know has suffered a life trauma, recovering from surgery or sickness, or if you are part of medical or support staff, a friend or family of someone going through a life changing experience, then this travel blog, a record and report of each trip I take somewhere in the world, will help you to find the motivation and inspiration to get out into the world – to breath – to live life again. Eternal light and love. First blog post to arrive soon.

Teeth to the wind! S

Travel Blog: Click here.

Spiritual Blog: Click here.

Book: Unbreakable Mind. (Print, Kindle, Audio)

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Travel Blog links: Covid-19 stranded in NYC JFK and Maine – also travel stories on Ireland, Spain, SwedenBelgiumIcelandColombia (Espanol version), AmsterdamGermany, New HampshireTN and NYC.

Personal Website link where you can also find my bookphotos of my travels and updates on current projects.  

Thank you for your love and support.

9 thoughts on “Dirty Dishes Travel blog is on the way……

  1. I am inspiredy you to breathe new things into my life. I have never traveled really. Went on job interviews or to visit family when I was 11 and 12. Never made the opportunities to enjoy a place just because. I hope that I can first see the ocean and put my feet into some white sandy beach and that it is only the beginning of places I get to explore and people I can enjoy company of! I loved your new blog post and it is exciting to see what places and people you will bless with your optimism and spirit! I am looking forward to your next post.

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  2. What an Awesome idea and much needed service for disabled people who want to travel like everyone else…Steven has turned his life changing event into a viable service for everyone..most people wouldn’t think this way…You’re guaranteed success when you’re passionate about what you do and is most important to others by helping them live the life they choose!..

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    1. Thank you Mr. Quigley for such a beautiful description of every single place you are visiting. I think this is one of the best (I don’t know if there’s other 😬) blogs for people with fears about traveling on different circumstances. I think one of the best pleasure people could have, is the ability to travel the most we can. You can buy a car, a beautiful house, jewelry, expensive clothes, but at the end of your life, you can’t take anything with you… just what you lived.

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  3. There isn’t an acedote or lesson missed on how to overcome life’s many obstacles in this blog. Quigley demonstrates, through his beautiful writing, a first hand guide to motivate one’s self through the peeks and valleys!!

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  4. You always present it so well. I always love your vision and how you talk about luck in your corner. Cant wait to meet again big brother 🙂 we all exited for upcoming projects and blogs!

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  5. Keep on keeping on Steven! Keep on writing, traveling, but most of all, healing until you can walk again! I have no doubt you will soon. Look forward to sharing our travel stories!!❤️

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  6. “Life is meant to be experienced, not missed” your own words. So true….. and you are showing an actual proof of it. You are transforming your fight to heal from injury to the mission to help others. Only those who awaken to their inner selfves can realize it. You are already victorious my friend!

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