Coffee & fun in Prague, Czech Republic

mamacoffee outside shot

Mamacoffee

Mamacoffee

Heading from Berlin to Prague

Heading from Berlin to Prague

One of our favorite places to eat in Prague! We ate here twice.

One of our favorite places to eat in Prague! We ate here twice.

la boheme trip la boheme pic 1 la boheme pic 2

La Boheme

La Boheme

I need coffee trip

Coffee from "I Need Coffee"

Coffee from “I Need Coffee”

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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 yearΒ  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!

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We make time for the things in our lives that are important to us. By making time for one thing…you are in turn saying no to a myriad of other things.

When we don’t make time for something it means that it isn’t one of our highest priorities. We’ve made a decision to do something else.

Last week I heard someone talking about how time is the one thing that all humans have in common. Regardless of where you live, what you do, how many people you know…we all have 24 hours in a day.

Several years ago I listened to a sermon by Pastor Steven Furtick. The sermon series was called Treatment and the topics were anxiety, depression, grief, and insecurity.

He gave the example of a basketball shot clock… Even when you miss the shot…there’s still a chance that you can get a new 24 and then take another shot.

What’s amazing is that life is the same way. Each day we get a new 24. A new opportunity to live more wisely. To serve more fully. To be more intentional.

To prioritize and make time for the things that matter most to us.

How are you going to use your next 24?

P.S. If you’d like to check out the sermon series that I mentioned above click here

San Vicente, El Salvador

El Sunzal, El Salvador

El Sunzal, El Salvador

 

Next Tuesday I will be hopping on a plane to head out west to California. However, while I’m gone…I have guest posts written by two amazing travel junkies. I’m sure you’ll enjoy getting to know them and their travel stories.

In February of 2013, I was living in San Vicente, El Salvador. For those of you who don’t know much about El Salvador it is a very small but beautiful country nestled between the southern half of Guatemala and the Western border of Honduras.

While I was there, my team and I put together and facilitated programs at local schools throughout the town of San Vicente.

View from San Vicente Tower

View from San Vicente Tower

 

Our team had 1 off day per week and those days were usually spent visiting the capital, San Salvador.

Although we loved the pupusa’s and other local food…eating our favorite foods from home was always a special treat. And something that we really looked forward to.

Day off in San Salvador

Day off in San Salvador

 

Our local friend, Gustavo

Our local friend, Gustavo

 

If you’ve ever visited other countries…then you might understand how exciting finding WiFi can be. In the U.S. we are so used to having easy access to the internet everyday.

However, once you start to travel, you find that the search for WiFi is always an adventure.

 

Best coffee in San Vicente!

Best coffee in San Vicente!

 

Wifi & snack break

Wifi & snack break

 

This is the little corner where I would lay out my sleeping bag and pillow each night.

On the right side of the photo you can see that the wall is open. A cool breeze would come through the holes each evening and morning which made the hot days much more tolerable.

Although it might seem simple, I really loved our accommodations during our time in San Vicente. Our team would have feedback and team time together each evening and that time together allowed us to get to know one another even better.

My bed for the month

My bed for the month

 

After we left Tegucigalpa, Honduras, we were given a few days to relax in El Sunzal, El Salvador. The two photos below are the view at the hostels where we stayed.

I spent most of my time in El Sunzal journaling and walking along the beautiful beach.

El Sunzal

El Sunzal

 

El Sunzal

El Sunzal

 

The people of El Sunzal were so kind to us and they actually set up a makeshift screen so that we could all watch the Superbowl.

I have to admit that it will probably be the most memorable Superbowl experience that I will ever have. We even had nachos to eat as we watched the game.

Watching the Super Bowl, 2013

Watching the Super Bowl, 2013

 

Overall, my experience in El Salvador was simply amazing. I enjoyed visiting the country so much and it was one of my favorite countries that we visited on the race.

Have you ever been to El Salvador or anywhere else in Central America? If so, where did you go? If not, where would you want to go if you were given the chance to visit Central America?

Linked to the My Global Life Link-Up at SmallPlanetStudio.com

P.S. Check out my Re-entry interview on Small Planet Studio that just went live this past Monday

May 26, 2014

May 26, 2014

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