Quote du Jour

"Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it." -- Greg Anderson Have the experience. Live in the Now. This is something I have been working on. For the last couple of years since I come up with my new life plan, I have had …

Gratitude Leads to Happiness

"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness." - Charles Spurgeon. This, I feel, is what many people misunderstand about joy, contentment, and happiness in life. If you spend any time at all reading travel memoirs, a curious pattern appears... a dichotomy. Travelers are most impacted by a …

Sea, Sunshine and Salty Goodness in Komiža, Vis Island, Croatia

Last Friday we ventured over to the other side of Vis to the second largest town on the island, Komiža. When some fellow-travelers from Vienna described Komiža as even smaller than Vis Town, I didn't think that could be possible. Turns out, I was wrong. Komiža, at last census, had less than 1,400 residents. Its …

Street Art of Vis Town, Croatia: A Visual Journey

The street art of Vis is much more sophisticated than this sleepy little town belies. We are on day 11 of our month-long stay in Vis. In my wanderings in and around St George's Bay extending on both sides to the very outskirts of the town of Vis, I have happened across numerous abandoned buildings. …

Happiness is Within Reach

"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln Happiness is within reach. We all have demons. We all have external factors in our lives that are weighing on us that we cannot control. But fundamentally, I believe happiness is simply a state of mind that anyone …

Vis Town, Croatia: First Impressions

We've made it to Vis and it is truly a gem in the Adriatic! If you are a regular TIC reader, you'll know that in 2015 I had a life-changing epiphany that would drastically affect my life's trajectory. If you haven't already done so, I might suggest you read some of that backstory in two …

What One Year of Vegetarianism Has Taught Me

[This post is Part 3 of a 3-Part Series] [Read Part 1: What One Year of Blogging Has Taught Me] [Read Part 2: What One Year of Meditation Has Taught Me] In Part 1 of this 3-part series, I wrote about what I learned during the first year of my blogging journey and the one …

Chilly with a Chance of Drizzle… in Portland, OR

Last stop in our brief U.S. tour... visiting family before our move abroad. It has been warm and sunny here in Portland, Oregon for the last several days. But now it has turned to more typical Pacific Northwest weather... chilly with a chance of drizzle. It has been a nice visit with my mother and …