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WARNING: if you’ve even had a hint of an idea to take some time off to travel, this book may push you over the edge….  It’s totally on point, hysterical and I can’t wait to read more of Mike’s books. I’m sure I made some people wonder what in the world I was snorting laughing at while I read this on my last flight. I LOVE the way said “an extended period of feeling intensely attuned and engaged” in reflecting back on his year of wandering the world. A few other noteworthy excerpts: Travel challenges your assumptions. To travel without expectation is to invite…

Above All Else – Dan Brodsky- Chenfeld This guy is a fighter, a survivor, and an absolute inspiration for anyone who is striving to accomplish their dreams. Dan’s path is unconventional, risky and FULL OF LIFE. I couldn’t put it down. I’m feeling a bit like a sponge (that’s been sittin all dry on a shelf for years and now  drowning in a pool of water) soaking up all of these books and their messages. I’ve heard so many of these quotes and ideals to live by for years, but they’ve taken on a real meaning now… maybe its a revitalized belief…

I was a little late to the party on this one. I had signed up for a book group at church that read Bittersweet back in Oct/Nov, and it just didn’t fit in my schedule to attend. Anne gave it to me for Christmas on my Kindle :), bless that beautiful girl! It was the first book I read on my trip, and it was one I picked up and put down numerous times. As the days passed on my trip, the pages stopped turning.. I couldn’t get into it, so I detached for a couple weeks. But I am glad I…

My dear friend and travel buddy, Paul, recommended this book to me. From the moment we started traveling together, he’s like “you have to read the Alchemist.” I’ll admit, I had no idea what an Alchemist was or the slightest idea what the book would be about. I started reading it waiting for my red-eye flight from Singapore to Melbourne to take off, and ended up reading the whole book straight through. A few thoughts I bookmarked: “One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving” “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that…

The Happiness Project was recommended to me by one of the happiest people I know, Brian  It started with a familiar storyline… woman with amazing family, passion for her work, beautiful children, healthy, not unhappy BUT still that nagging question, “Is this really it?”. Gretchen Rubin explored a year-long list of goals set to make healthier habits more present in her life, to see if overall a higher state of happiness can be achieved. Her plans included subjects such as: boost energy, remember love, aim higher, lighten up, be serious about play, make time for friends, buy some happiness, and pursue a passion. She established…

Before leaving Seattle, I took a self defense class at Fighting Chance Seattle (amazing team there, highly recommend it!) as it was my dad’s only request when I told him about this adventure. My instructor, Jordan, recommend this book during class which I didn’t think of much at the time but I’m glad my mind recalled it a month later. I needed to read this. So much fear, worry and anxiety had filled my mind from the concerns of loving family members and the media. Gavin De Becker teaches you about survival signals, messengers of intuition and predicting behavior. Reading…