2019: Year of Gratitude

My life is far from perfect, and yet so close My journey is yet far The journey we begin in 2019 stepping off the edge into a deep, unseeable abyss based largely on faith and hope... This journey has given me moments of sheer terror Moments on my own when out of nowhere I wonder …

5 Steps to Greater Happiness… Beginning Today

We all want to be happy. But why is something so universally sought after so difficult to obtain? In one word: Distractions. Too often we allow others to dictate how we live our lives. As a result, we are not actively pursuing happiness. Since I discovered Financial Independence four years ago, I realized that FIRE …

It’s Official: Spain’s Newest Resident

It's been a long, long road. Today feels like the culmination of the last 5 years of our lives. Today, we received our Residency Cards in Valencia, Spain! It has been 5 years of soul-searching, difficult decisions, persistence, hard work, planning, executing, several amazing exploratory trips to Greece, Croatia and Spain, time, money and resources …

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 …

Gratitude

There are a lot of amazing things happening in my life right now. I wanted to take a moment to appreciate. The last several months (no, years) have been a whirlwind. But, I am looking forward to several things over the next couple of months. Right now, I am grateful for: the time we have …

Deep Thought of the Day: Gratitude

I am a work in progress But, I choose to live my life with no regrets And no promise of tomorrow And leave the world a slightly better place For having the fortune of living it. --- Now it is your turn... What motivates, drives and inspires you? I would love to hear from you. …

Welcome to Kotor, Montenegro!

I am hesitant to write this post. I've been here in Montenegro less than 24 hours, but already it has exceeded all expectations. that hesitation comes from a selfish and scarcity mindset. I'd like to keep this gorgeous part of the world my own little secret. If everyone comes, it won't be the same. But …

What One Year of Blogging Has Taught Me

[This post is Part 1 of a 3-Part Series. Stay Tuned for Parts 2 and 3] Well, I made it. Today is my 1-year anniversary of blogging. One year certainly was not my goal when I began blogging. At the time, it was more of "I wonder if this will lead me anywhere?" Inspired by …

The pursuit of happiness | Minimalist in the city

A powerful anecdotal comparison between two vastly different societies forces us to confront the true meaning of happiness in our modern world. I could not agree more with the sentiment here. Thanks to Kate, from Minimalist In The City, for this stark reminder. Maybe it is my perspective, but I believe Western culture, as a …

3 Keys to Happiness

We all lead very busy lives. And the modern world can very easily swallow us up. If you don't take control of your life, your life will control you. Following are three keys that I use to maintain a happy, healthy lifestyle. 1: Live MindfullyMindfulness, for me, is about intention. Take the time to contemplate what …