7 Steps to True Forgiveness

“I forgive you” are three of the hardest words you can ever give to someone else. Forgiveness is extremely difficult, but it can be the greatest gift if you are willing to give it. Why is forgiveness so difficult? Forgiveness is a heavy burden. You have experienced pain and hurt that doesn’t feel fair. You […]

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The Art of Family Travel

Taking care of your family at home is hard in itself. Then imagine taking your family and all your things to travel through different countries, living in different places, eating different foods, and trying to keep your sanity as parents along the way. Family travel is art that requires consistent practice to attain mastery. My wife […]

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5 Life Lessons From the Mission

I had the privilege of volunteering at the River of Life Mission once per week over the course of four weeks during my trip to Honolulu, Hawaii. The River of Life Mission helps those in need to rebuild their lives by providing meals, clothing, job training, and recovery programs. During my volunteer work, I helped prepare […]

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15 Hours Overnight at Seoul’s Incheon Airport

Our first night after departing the USA on our gap year was spent sleeping at Seoul’s Incheon Airport. This was a first for us. Previously, we had done red-eye flights with the kids (not recommended) and early morning flights (also not recommended, but better than red-eye flights). This time we flew from Honolulu to Incheon, […]

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Why Our Family Is Traveling in Phuket, Thailand

Our first international trip together as a new couple eleven years ago was to Phuket, Thailand. Now we’re back. But this time is different…We’ve brought our two kids with us. Why did we come to Phuket with the kids? Delicious, inexpensive food: From food carts to shopping malls, the food in Phuket is very cheap compared […]

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How I Negotiated $675 of Travel Fees With Two Phone Calls

Travel fees will kill any travel budget. Baggage fees, flight change fees, and rental car alternate location drop-off fees, hotel reservation cancellation fees, etc…All these fees add up quickly and make travel more expensive than it should be. But sometimes your travel plans change and these fees just cannot be avoided. And what was supposed […]

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The One Thing You Need to Achieve Your Goals

We all want to be happier, healthier, wealthier, and wiser. Every year we make new goals to change our habits so that we may live better. Days and weeks pass, then months, then years, and soon enough you’re much older, but you’re still trying to achieve the same goals you had for yourself years ago. […]

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Marathon Training: Lessons in Pain and Empathy

Pain. It’s a daily part of our lives. We feel it with our bodies, minds, and hearts. It can come in all directions, at any time. Yet how we respond to pain makes all the difference in our lives. Training for a marathon makes you experience pain in ways you could never imagine. A marathon […]

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FAQs for Our Gap Year of World Travel

On December 8, 2014, we officially embarked on our gap year of world travel. We’ll be traveling the world with our two young daughters. We actually just came back from a half year of travel in July 2014, so our family and friends are amazed–and perplexed–that we’re doing this again. These FAQs are the questions we’ve […]

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Why We Travel: Anticipation and Arrival

Tickets booked, accommodations set, and plans taking shape…nothing beats the anticipation of travel. It’s the feeling of knowing you’re going somewhere new and exhilarating, but you cannot quite pinpoint what will unfold, who you’ll meet, or where you’ll eat. It’s the awakening of the senses (sight, smell, sounds) that you don’t get at home doing […]

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The Sacredness of Morning Rituals

Balance begins at the start of your day. What you do in the mornings sets the tone for the rest of your day. And in order to achieve any type of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual balance, you need to make an appointment with yourself every morning to take care of the most important stuff […]

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How to Be a More Mindful Parent

We all want our children to be happy. And we all want to be good parents in the process of raising our children. But parenting is downright stressful and almost unbearable at times. When our children don’t follow directions, live up to our standards, or pay attention, we get angry, irritated, and annoyed. And because […]

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