Top 5 favorite travel-related books



I thought that I would make a short list of my favorite travel books. Although it was not my intent, all 5 of these books are based on true stories and the actual travel experiences of the writer.

Travel memoirs are certainly one of my favorite genres of books to read and I hope you check out some of the ones listed below if you haven’t already read them.

Vagabonding is more of a travel guide with lots of advice and specific websites and resources. If you’re planning an upcoming trip, it would be a great book to check out before you leave.

These are not ranked in any particular order.

1. The Lost Girls

2. Hope Runs: An American Tourist, A Kenyan boy, a Journey of Redemption

3. Vagabonding

4. Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love & Redemption

5. Eat Pray Love

What other travel books have you read or would you recommend?

Currently reading: Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

Currently listening to: Harry Potter on Pandora

Current favorites: Beyond the to-do list podcast, The Lively Show podcast


One Thing

For the past week or two, I’ve been reading the book “The One Thing” by Gary Keller.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I checked it out from the library aside from the fact that it kept showing up on Amazon and was recommended by a few people I admire.

From the first few pages, I knew that this was a book that needed to be read slowly. A book that has so much wisdom and that by flying through it, I was afraid that I would miss something important.

Today I was reading Chapter 10 called “the focusing question”. While I was already familiar with this concept, I wanted to share it with you because I loved the way that it is described in this book.

Clarity must come from us. It seems we must envision our own journey’s, make our own maps, and create our own compasses. To get the answers we week, we have to invent the right questions-and we’re left to devise our own. So how to you do this? How do you come up with uncommon questions that take you to uncommon answers?

You ask one question: the focusing Question

Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life eventually discovers there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it. The focusing question is that uncommon approach. In a world of no instructions, it becomes the simple formula for finding exceptional answers that lead to extraordinary results.

What’s the one thing I can do

such that by doing it

everything else will be easier or


Good question, right? Take a few minutes to close your eyes and really think about it.

You might not be able to do everything perfectly, or accomplish each task on your to-do list.

However, once you are able to identity your “one thing” the other things seem to become much simpler.

P.S. If you haven’t read the book, feel free to check it out here


Saying Goodbye

We have just embarked on a new year and a new month. A time to say goodbye and start anew.

Let go of the old

Although there is really nothing special about January 1, most people view this ordinary day as a special chance to create some type of change in their lives.

One of the big goals that my husband and I have had for the past few months is to edit down our lives. To us, that means letting go of things that we don’t need or use.

For me, this has primarily meant a change in shopping habits.

A few months ago I made the decision to stop shopping…for an entire year. While it might seem unconventional or strange, I can say that it’s actually brought a wonderful feeling of freedom.

If we’re not careful, our possessions can start to control us and hold a power that they should never have.

I’ve found that the fewer items I have, the simpler my life becomes

And with simplicity comes peace and a lot of joy.

I’m not trying to convey that everyone needs to go out and sell everyone they own. However, if you have a feeling of restlessness that won’t seem to subside….maybe give it a try

so where to start?

1. find a trash bag

2. Fill the trash bag with clothes, shoes, anything that you don’t use but that someone else might want

3. Take the bag to Goodwill, Salvation Army, etc.

That’s it. Just start with one bag.

The Motivation Manifesto: FREE book & course



The Motivation Manifesto is a poetic and powerful call to reclaim our lives and find our own personal freedom. It’s a triumphant work that transcends the title, lifting the reader from mere motivation into a soaringly purposeful and meaningful life. I love this book.”

Paulo Coelho, author of THE ALCHEMIST

I just wanted to share a great book and resource that I recently discovered. Brendan Burchard is the author of numerous books including: The Charge, The Millionaire Messenger, Life’s Golden Ticket, and most recently, The Motivation Manifesto.

I have read all of his previous books and am excited to read his latest release.

Through his website, Brendan is actually giving away FREE copies of The Motivation Manifesto. The only catch is that you do have to pay $7 for shipping. However, I think that $7 for a hardbook book is still a great value.

To learn more, feel free to watch the video below or click here to be re-directed to the Motivation Manifesto website.

Also, as a bonus for ordering the book on his website, you will receive access to a free 12 week course that will go over the book in great detail.

Even though I haven’t received the book in the mail yet, I’ve already started week 1 of the course, and I love it so far.

check out the free MOTIVATION MANIFESTO

So, for $7 in shipping, here is everything that I received:

  1. Free hardcover book + 12-week Motivation Manifesto online course. (Value $297)
  2. Free tools and action worksheets to help you find even more clarity and motivation. (Value $97)
  3. Free Facebook group with Brendon for 12-weeks (Priceless. Ask him anything)

If you are looking for a new book to read, I hope you take advantage of this great offer. Brendan is a dynamic speaker and has a lot of wisdom to share.

Have a wonderful week!


I’m currently reading: The One Thing & Small Victories by Anne Lamott

I’m currently listening to: Lord of the Rings station on Pandora

Current Location: Gainesville, Florida

Current Favorites: She Reads Truth App & Coach App (formerly called Lift)

Modern Mrs Darcy 2015 Reading Challenge



Hi Friends,

I’ve decided to take on a new reading challenge for 2015. Anne, at the blog Modern Mrs Darcy is hosting a new challenge for 2015 with 12 categories of books for the new year.

I’m excited to get started and will try to and read one book a month from each of these categories.

I was immediately drawn to this particular reading list because I think it will be a good opportunity to try reading some new books that I wouldn’t normally pick up or try.

Feel free to head over to the Modern Mrs Darcy website to check out all of the details and read more.



Currently Reading: The Gifts of Imperfection & The One Thing

Currently listening to: 6 hour Mozart playlist

Current location: Gainesville, Florida

Favorite things: The Simplified Planner & Starbucks Christmas Blend

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