Lya Badgley: A Lifetime of Adventure

“”I choose gratitude instead of frustration, instead of bitterness.”

-Lya Badgley

Bump In The Road:

Lya Badgley On The Adventure Of Her Lifetime

This is the story of Lya Badgley, a woman whose life reads like an adventure novel filled with courage, resilience, and the pursuit of an authentic existence.

Lya’s story begins in the vibrant landscapes of Southeast Asia, where she was born. She traveled the world with her parents, and those travels would shape her world view.

Lya shares how a diagnosis of MS led her to become ever more adventurous.


“Choices that you’ll make that appear reckless to the people around you and to society. But you’re thinking, I don’t care, right? What’s the worst that can happen? I could die?”


Thanks to MS, Lya faced a future filled with uncertainty. Instead of succumbing to fear, she embraced the unknown. Her illness became a catalyst for a life of unexpected adventures, from crossing borders into Burma to opening a restaurant in a foreign land. Lya’s narrative is a powerful reminder that our most significant challenges can lead to our most extraordinary achievements.

Through her story, we see the human side of illness—the friendships lost, the emotional toll, and the profound sense of loneliness that can accompany a diagnosis. But Lya’s tale is not one of despair. It’s a story of rebirth, of finding new ways to be and reinventing oneself amidst adversity. Her journey into mindfulness and meditation reveals a path to inner strength and the ability to make choices from a place of gratitude rather than bitterness.

This conversation is  an invitation to reflect on our own lives, our own bumps in the road, and how we might use them as portals into a more conscious and meaningful existence. So grab a cup of coffee, settle into a comfortable chair, and let Lya Badgley’s extraordinary story inspire you to view your life’s bumps not as obstacles but as opportunities for growth.

And be sure to check out Lya’s books “The Foreigner’s Confession” and “The Worth of a Ruby,” which explore the themes of global conflict and personal resilience.


Lya Badgley on Life’s Bumps


“I write stories about women overcoming life-changing odds against the backdrop of global conflict.”

“I think that I have had a very bumpy road throughout my life in one form or another. And I think that bumps are ultimately good.”

“And ​sometimes ​the ​bumps ​that ​come ​along ​push ​us ​out, ​away ​from ​the ​status ​quo, ​into ​territory ​where ​we ​might ​not ​choose ​to ​be, ​but ​will ​stretch ​us ​and ​expand ​us ​as ​our ​humanity.”

“The concept of meditation was always around me. I mean, growing, being born and living in a Buddhist country, where it’s like air there.”

“Choices that you’ll make that appear reckless to the people around you and to society. But you’re thinking, I don’t care, right? What’s the worst that can happen?”

“When we live long enough, we get to do a lot of interesting things.”


Bump in the Road

Everyone hits a bump in the road. The question becomes: What do you do with it?

I share stories about how people experience, manage and navigate life's bumps, hopefully using them as a pivot into a more conscious and meaningful life.