The key to living a life of adventure by Ginger Kern

Happy Thursday, everyone!

I wanted to share with you the TedX talk of my friend, Ginger Kern. I was actually first introduced to Ginger when she was living in Germany and I was living in Florida.

I quickly discovered that she has such a beautiful heart and a deep love for travel and in finding joy and adventure in everyday life.

She recently gave a TedX talk and I would highly suggest that you take 12 minutes out of your day today and check it out!

You won’t be disappointed. I know that many of you either love to travel or would like to incorporate more travel into your life.

However, regardless of whether you have yet to leave the country or have been to 100 countries, I hope you take the time to listen to what Ginger has to say and to incorporate some of her tips into your everyday life.

 

How can I be courageous?

How can I be more open?

I hope that you enjoy Ginger’s talk as much as I did!

 

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Great Reads for November

 

Check out some of the best books that I’ve been reading lately! For more info or to order them, click on the book and you’ll be re-directed to Amazon.

 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

 

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

 

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey

 

Before Happiness by Shawn Achor

Before Happiness by Shawn Achor

 

Have you already read any of these books or do you have any other great recommendations to read this month? If so, leave a comment and let me know!

Have a wonderful weekend!

The Happiness of Pursuit

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As many of you already know, reading happens to be one of my favorite things to do. I also love talking and sharing about what books I’m currently reading.

A few days ago, Josh and I returned to Florida for a few days before our honeymoon. On my porch was a small manila package with the return address being a publisher.

I rushed inside to open the package and discovered an advance copy of a book by one of my favorite authors and one of the coolest human beings on earth, Chris Guillebeau.

If you’re not familiar with Chris, he is an author, entrepreneur, founder of WDS, and all-around superstar. And in addition to all of that, he’s traveled to every country in the world.

The Happiness of Pursuit is Chris’s third book, after writing “The art of non-conformity” and “The $100 Start-up”. I own both and would highly recommend them.

It took me all of three days to read his latest book and I probably would have finished it sooner but I wanted to let some of the ideas really sink in so I waited a day to finish it up.

To sum up this entire book I would use the single word “quest”

In Chris’s typical humorous, witty, and down-to-earth writing style, he invites us all to engage in a quest of our own. By combining his own experiences with traveling and life along with stories from numerous other people, he encourages readers to find a quest of their own.

Chris suggests that there is a set of criteria for a quest which includes:

  1. A clear goal and a specific endpoint
  2. A clear challenge
  3. Requires sacrifice of some kind
  4. Often driven by a calling or mission
  5. Requires a series of small steps and incremental process toward the goal

The quests that are listed in the book range from a man who walked across the United States from Portland, Maine to San Francisco. Another interesting example was a young man who completed the 4 year  M.I.T computer science curriculum in a single year. Chris also mentioned a mom from Oklahoma who cooked a meal for her family from every country in the world.

While each example was extremely different, many of the themes and specific criteria remained similar. Each person was on a journey towards something specific, with a number of challenges throughout (another definition that is given for what a quest is).

Overall, I found that The Happiness of Pursuit challenged me as a person to come up with my own new ideas for quests and I also loved that the book was full of real-life stories.

The book comes out today and I would highly recommend that you all check it out for yourselves! Click here to check it out!

“When you sense discontent, pay attention” -Chris Guillebeau (The Happiness of Pursuit)

P.S. As you’re reading this I am probably on a plane to NYC and then on to London! My husband and I will be on our honeymoon for the next month. I won’t have a computer so I probably will not be able to do much posting.

However, I’ll try to post some pics to my Instagram and Facebook so if you’re interested in following along on my journey through Europe..make sure to follow me on social media.

Happy reading!

Before Happiness

 

Check out this amazing interview at Google with with author, Shawn Achor. Before Happiness is Shawn’s most recent book and he previously wrote a book called The Happiness Advantage. He’s done some really interesting research on happiness and he even teaches a course on happiness at Harvard.

In the interview Shawn is interviewed by Meng….who is probably better known as the “jolly Good Fellow” at Google. Meng’s humor alone makes the video worth watching.

Here are a few key notes/topics that are discussed in the video:

  • Happiness brings about success
  • Mirror neurons & motor neurons
  •  Calmness is contagious
  • Positive genuis
  • Only 25% of job success is predicted by how smart you are
  • Optimism
  • Social connection
  • How you relate to stress

Shawn has also done several TEDx talks which you can check out here and here

Daily Travel Updates

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I recently made an amazing discovery online called Paper.Li. Through this website, you can create your own daily newspaper where you choose the type of content and the people who are featured. I decided to start my own which you can find by clicking here.

The content is very similar to what I love to post on this website and includes travel, adventure, books,  and inspiration.

I hope that the paper will be useful to you and that it will give you all a better idea of the things I love and where I go for inspiration and to learn something new.

On the website, Paper.Li is described as the easiest way to collect, publish, and share content on the web. The types of media range from articles, to photos, to videos.

Make sure to subscribe to daily updates by entering your email address on the top right-hand side of the page.

This has made it so much easier for me to stay up-to-date on all of my favorite bloggers, writers, and other people that I follow online. I find that it can often be overwhelming to stay current because there are so many interesting people to follow. However, I hope that you find this to be as simple and easy to use as I have.

A few of my favorite people that you can find on my page include: Amber Rae, Shauna Niequist, Bob Goff, Natalie Sisson, Tsh Oxenreider, and many other writers and travelers.

Also, I will be open to adding new hash tags or ideas to the page so feel free to leave a comment or send any ideas to me at betsy.ramser@gmail.com.

Have a wonderful day!

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