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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My new cure for fast and productive traveling…

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Sometimes flying can be a challenge for me. I absolutely love to read but I find that reading on planes and cars often makes me nauseous or gives me a headache.

I then discovered that movies and tv shows were a great alternative…but I still longed for something slightly more productive than watching 4 straight hours of Survivor (yes, I did that on a flight a few weeks ago).

And then…I found podcasts. I have since been hooked and can’t wait to download more when I fly in June.

Podcasts used to overwhelm me because there are so many options and there was always something new that I wanted to try out.

But through some trial and error…I’ve found quite a few that I listen to at least a few times a month and some that I even listen to every week.

Here are a few of my current favorites (including the ones I listened to on my most recent flight)

The Lively Show with Jess Lively

With Purpose Podcast

Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields

Small Planet Studio

The Suitcase Entrepreneur

(In addition to the links to each website, each of these podcasts can be found on ITunes)

If you’re not sure which one or ones you might like…here is some addition info. If you have an interest in travel…check out Small Planet Studio or The Suitcase Entrepreneur

If you want overall inspiration on living a better and more inspired life…check out the With Purpose podcast or the Good Life project.

For tips about business or if you’re thinking about starting a business, I would recommend The Lively Show or The Suitcase Entrepreneur.

I personally love all 5 but it just depends on what your interests are and what you’re looking for!

I hope this is helpful and if you would like to listen to a podcast subject that wasn’t mentioned or if you would like additional recommendations…feel free to leave a comment or send me an email betsy.ramser@gmail.com

I would love to hear from you!

Have a wonderful day

WEEK OF MARCH 24: THINGS I LOVE

WITH PURPOSE PODCAST

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IS IT POSSIBLE TO WAKE UP EXCITED FOR EACH DAY OF YOUR LIFE? FEELING, FULFILLING, AND WORKING TOWARD THAT BIG SENSE OF PURPOSE WITH YOUR LIFE INSTEAD OF HUMMING ALONG AT A BASELINE LEVEL.

http://www.withpurposepodcast.com/

31 BITS

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About 31 Bits

Every purchase you make can either have a positive or negative impact on the world. 31 Bits is part of a movement revolutionizing the way people do business. We value both the creator and the consumer. The artisans in our program are receiving a sustainable income and holistic education, empowering them to rise above poverty. Our accessories are marked by fresh colors and crisp design. Our customers exemplify sophistication and compassion.

The heartbeat of 31 Bits is made of love, creativity, community, endless laughter, compassion, story telling, fashion, and frequent dance parties.

http://31bits.com/

BOOK: CRASH THE CHATTERBOX

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“I’M NOW AWAKENING TO THE REALITY THAT WE CAN ACCESS THE POWER OF GOD’S PROMISES TO CONSTANTLY CRASH THE SYSTEM OF OUR BROKEN BELIEFS. I’M LEARNING HOW TO OVERPOWER THE SHOUTS OF THE ENEMY BY BENDING MY EAR TO THE WHISPER OF GOD’S SUPERNATURAL TRUTHS ABOUT MY IDENTITY IN HIM AND HIS STRENGTH IN ME”

-STEVEN FURTICK FROM CRASH THE CHATTERBOX

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE BOOK

Two weeks Until My World Race Begins!

Time seems to be rushing past me while at the same time standing still. Does that make sense?

As you may or may not know…in 2 weeks I will be preparing to leave the country for a year on a journey called The World Race. On January 4th I will be meeting up with my team and spending a few days in D.C. before flying out to Honduras. I am really starting to get anxious, nervous, scared, along with so many other emotions that I haven’t experienced in quite a while. I know that in the course of my entire life 11 months is simply a small piece but it will certainly be a challenge to acclimate myself to a new style of living. Meaning… living out of a 5o pound backpack for the year. Yes, that’s correct.

I don’t think that anyone would ever label me as “outdoorsy” so the process of buying airporters, footprints, backpacks, compression sacks, sleeping pads, and headlamps has been a unique experience. To be honest, I think that most of my friends and family are still shocked that I am doing this. As the girl who cried before going to summer camp…very few people could have foreseen that I would willingly be living out of a backpack for a year!

The countries that I will be living/working in include: Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Romania, Bulgaria, Albania, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, China & Philippines. Definitely shoot me an email or leave me a comment if you have ever lived or traveled to any of these countries. I would love to hear about your experience!

If you would like to read more about my upcoming adventure check out this link or visit my World Race blog

Here is my first attempt at packing! There is actually still some room in the pack but I’m still trying to decide what clothes I want to bring. Wish me luck on packing round 2!

To see my packing list check out my new WR Pinterest board

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom:

This is a quote from the book “Fire Starter Sessions” by Danielle LaPorte

So many people are looking for it: their Big Life Purpose. Becoming you is your purpose. You are the very purpose of your existence. Realizing what lights your fire and floats your boat-that’s your life purpose. What else could it be? If it gives you true joy to rock that guitar, to make people laugh, to discover the world, to make things a little more beautiful wherever you go, to feed, to stir it up, to clean it up, to execute the plan, to bank the cash, to be a compassionate citizen, to explore nonstop, or purely to seek pleasure…then that’s your life purpose. Your life purpose is what you say it is. Who could tell you otherwise?

To check out the book on amazon click here

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