Motivational Monday: The key to happiness

MM: gratitude

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.  And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. -Ralph Waldo Emerson Happiness is defined as a state of well-being and

Motivational Monday: Let the light shine

MM- shadow

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson We all know the common phrase, Without a shadow of a doubt, often referring to the court room or overthrowing a ref’s call

Motivational Monday: Live now, what others will only live in the future

MM Live now

Don’t let yourself be weighed down by what other people think, because in a few years, in a few decades, or in a few centuries,that way of thinking will have changed.  Live now what others will only live in the future. –

Snapshot Saturday: Bradenton Beach

tiki huts

This week some very special friends invited us for a glass of wine to watch sunset.  It was the first time either of us had been to Bradenton beach and it felt like we were on vacation, visiting another world

Random Observations


Here are some random observations of life back in the good old                                              U.S. of A. PUBLIX For those

Motivational Monday: Harness the Power of the Universe


The Universe will reward you for taking risks on its behalf. -Shakti Gawain I was reading through my old journal and was reminded of how much fear and doubt I had before taking our trip.  I doubted the idea, doubted leaving

Transitioning back…

Transitioning back has been an interesting combination of sensations.  For me it took awhile to feel grounded, almost like I was floating through the days, feeling slightly disconnected from what was happening around me.  Jon, on the other hand didn’t

Motivational Monday: A Fresh Start

MM: New Start

Since being back in the States I have noticed how much noise is out there about how hard Mondays are to get through.  I happen to LOVE Mondays, which is part of the reason we started Motivational Monday.  For me

everything is BIGGER

big car on a big road

Without a doubt the first thing both of us experienced on our transition back to the US is how everything is BIGGER!  The cars,  roads, homes, sandwiches, shopping centers, restaurants, sidewalks…the hair…no just kidding we are in Florida, not Texas!

Survey Results are in….THANK YOU!

Survey Image

We cannot thank all of you enough for responding to the survey.  We had far more responses than we imagined we would receive.  And thank you to those of you that wrote comments…you stirred up so much gratitude in our