Archive for December, 2011

3 reasons why 2011 may have been the most important year of my life

Dec 28 2011
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Only time will tell if I am right or wrong, but from where I’m sitting today I think 2011 may have been the most important year of my life. For the first time I realized what I really wanted life to look like. I began taking steps to achieve and sustain that life, and I connected with other people who share my values and goal of a similar life.

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Feel like singing the blues? It’s the post-Christmas let down.

Dec 27 2011
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Do you have the post-Christmas blues? The best way to get over the post-Christmas let-down is to fix your eyes on something new. So ask yourself, “what do you really want in life?” Anything is possible. No matter how far off the goal may be, remember to travel hopefully is better than to arrive.

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How a Christmas trip to Lake Tahoe changed our life

Dec 23 2011
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Has a trip ever changed your life? Have you ever traveled to a place you did not expect to like and then later found yourself completely rearranging your life to enjoy that place? Are you convinced that you want to stay home for Christmas? Yes, yes, and yes. But years later we see that trip to Lake Tahoe as the gift that keeps on giving.

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5 things I love about being home for Christmas

Dec 22 2011
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What do you love about being home at Christmas? Because we don’t always plan to be home at Christmas, this year we’re reflecting on the things we love about being home at Christmas that we will not be able to enjoy while we are traveling. From Christmas parties to Christmas sweaters, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

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7 Last Minute-No Ship Gift Ideas

Dec 21 2011
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With Christmas just days away time is running out to finish that shopping list. Here are 6 no-ship, last minute gift ideas that you may not have thought of.

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What Does Your Christmas Tree Say About You?

Dec 20 2011
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Use your tree to tell the story of your life. Using objects from your life and travels create a tree as unique as you. Create a new Christmas tradition by decorating the tree and retelling your kids the story of how you got where you are today.

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3 days in the tomb and a blogger’s messianic complex

Dec 19 2011
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The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  A quote from Franklin Roosevelt, it’s a line I have written thousands of times.  It is my line.  The line I write whenever I sit down to write and do not know what to write.  It’s doodled on countless notebooks full of my chicken scratch […]

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Take me to Cartagena, Columbia…

Dec 15 2011
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I’ll admit it.  Today, I just want to escape.  Our family is on a quest to live what we call the family travel lifestyle.  It all started for us when we rented out our home in Santa Barbara and drove across the United States and back over a 6 month period a few years ago. […]

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Home is wherever we’re sleeping tonight

Dec 06 2011
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We were recently traveling with friends and I said something that confused them. “Let’s head home.” What could be so confusing about those words? We both have homes in Lake Tahoe. But on the road, for our friends, home was 300 miles away. For us, home was back at the campsite. I can’t remember when […]

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Seizing every opportunity, sucking all the marrow — the family travel lifestyle

Dec 05 2011
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Have you ever had that feeling when you are at the end of a surreal few days of travels when you just want to savor the moment?  You sense the fleeting nature of the moment.  You know it will soon pass.  And all you can do is bask in the moment.  I’m always thankful for […]

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What’s for Christmas? Dear Santa, do we really need more stuff?

Dec 01 2011
Christmas, simple Christmas, presents under a tree, family travel lifestyle, minimalist approach to Christmas, experiential approach to Christmas, young family sorting through Christmas traditions

For as long as I can remember I have loved Christmas. As a child I used to take red and green construction paper and string Christmas chains all over the house. When I was a teenager and had a paper route I saved up money to buy Christmas lights. I was a little Clark W. […]

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