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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10 Things I Wish I Knew at Age 22 About Work

I’ve spent a decade running circles in the rat race going from one company to the next. Only recently have I finally set myself free from my work cage and started working on things that I truly care about. And it feels great. Don’t get me wrong. I consider myself fortunate to have had the […]

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How to Stop Worrying

Worrying doesn’t have any benefits associated with it. You become anxious, nervous, fearful, jealous, and even shameful. You lose sleep over your worries, your health deteriorates, and you try to comfort yourself with anything that might offer an escape, such as food, alcohol, drugs, TV, etc. Your relationships suffer because you become easily irritable and […]

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Day Dreamers – Gerard and Kieu, GQ trippin

Gerard and Kieu are Day Dreamers. They have a deep passion for travel that has taken them all over the world, including a gap year in 2012. They’ve been a big inspiration for me to continue pursuing my travel dreams and I’m sure they’ll be an inspiration for you as well. You can follow their journey […]

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How to Fund Your Travel Lifestyle

The biggest excuse for not traveling more often is because we think we don’t have enough money. Chances are slim that you’ll win the lottery, strike it rich in a hot technology IPO, or have trust funds waiting for you to cash in. Most of us are in the grind of earning and burning with […]

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Day Dreamer – Brian Jones, 27 Loops

Brian Jones is a Day Dreamer. He decided to go all-in on his dreams and is currently on a quest to complete 27 different road trips – each approximately one month long –  in America over the course of two years. And the kicker is he’s taking his wife and his six kids! They are […]

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Day Dreamer – Jenn Miller, Edventure Project

Jenn Miller is a Day Dreamer. She lives a life of adventure filled with traveling, writing, and teaching. Jenn and her husband, Tony, are raising their four kids through world schooling and have been traveling as a family for almost seven years, despite huge financial setbacks brought on by the Great Recession in 2008. They […]

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Day Dreamer – Kristin Addis, Be My Travel Muse

Kristin Addis is a Day Dreamer. She lives her dreams each and every day of her life with no excuses and no comparisons. A couple of years ago, she decided to leave behind her life in a cubicle for an adventurous life of travel that has taken her around the world. She’s been all over […]

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