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The currency of life

This post was written by the writer of the (now defunct) site, Perrys’ in Wonderland. I first read it back in 2008 and it has stayed with me ever since. Throughout the years, I have often gone back to reread these words and remind myself how important it is that we choose wisely. We only […]

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Life is a gamble – and it doesn’t always go your way

You may or may not be aware of a rescue happening now on the high seas, but I’ve been gripped with this story since I heard of it. A family of four, with two small children, set out in their boat to cross the ocean. One thousand miles from the Mexican coast, their boat was […]

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Have you chosen your life? Or has your life chosen you?

Sorry guys,” I apologized as I handed my sons a bag of potato chips and a can of ranch dip.  “This is all I have for breakfast.”  Their eyes lit up, not quite believing that their mother, the one who worships all things good and natural and organic, would hand them a bag of chips […]

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Why not do it now?

I love it when I hear from other bloggers who want to write about their journey toward making their dream life happen. Every time I read their stories, I’m inspired anew. Today, I introduce you to Sofie from Wonderful Wanderings – I’m sure you’ll enjoy her inspirational message about jumping in with both feet even […]

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The best of 2013 on Family on Bikes

2014 is nearly here! I figured the beginning of a new year was a good excuse to look back through the old one. And so – here are what I consider to be my best posts of 2013. Enjoy! January Can we all really follow our dreams?    February The universe will conspire to help […]

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When is it time to call it quits?

Is there a point where you have to accept defeat? I’ve written a lot about how you need to hang on to your goal, have single-minded determination, and fight like you’ve never fought before in order to make your dream a reality. But is there a point where you accept that it’s not going to […]

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The American Dream is NOT holding you back

Kristin Addis told me this post came about after she had been traveling around Southeast Asia on a shoestring budget for the better part of a year. A good chunk of her friends from back home kept telling her how jealous they were of what she was doing. “I remember feeling that way too before […]

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…and then there was the time I found a naked man in my bed…

Know how the best stories start off innocently? You’re just going about your day-to-day life and then… things just happen. That’s exactly how it came to pass that I found a naked man in my bed one night. I had arrived into Medellin, Colombia, earlier that day – a young 20-something gallivanting solo around South […]

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On keeping up with the Joneses – whichever ones strike your fancy

“Do it, Nancy,” the Niggling Little Voice whispered in my ear. “It will be wonderful. The opportunity of a lifetime.” He was right. That voice certainly had a point. It WAS an amazing opportunity. “If you don’t jump now, you’ll regret it,” he said. “Better grab the chance before it’s too late.” But mostly I […]

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Are you ready to make your dream a reality? Let’s create Momentum!

Okay, okay… we’ve heard you. Jenn and I have heard phenomenal things about our 3-month dream bootcamp. Each and every participant so far has told us that it was truly life-changing. That it helped them leap over the hurdles and into their dreams. Or at least get started on the process. We’ve also heard from […]

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When it rains… collect rainwater

“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” ~Thomas Fuller Water. It’s amazing stuff. And when you don’t have it, life is hard. As you know, we’ve been reclaiming an old cottage on the Connecticut shore from the woods. It’s been an… <<erm>> interesting process. And we’ve only just begun. Yesterday, […]

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Rebuilding a cottage. Biking around the world. What’s the difference?

Last year I talked about how a cottage on the Connecticut shore landed in our laps. The trouble was that the cottage was a horrible state of disrepair. This summer, we are attempting to wrangle that beast into a livable space. I am amazed at how many parallels I see between rebuilding an 80-year-old cottage […]

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Why volunteering helped change my lifestyle for the better

I love a good “changing my lfestyle” story. Tammy and Chris have a great one when they packed up and headed out for a volunteering gig. The decision was easy because “they could always go back.” But that was two years ago and they’re still out there. Enjoying life to the fullest. Here’s Tammy to […]

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when you want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe, then you will be successful

31 Days to a Dream: Have single-minded determination

Single-minded determination. Or bull-headedness. It’s a double-edged sword. I know I’ve been called stubborn a time or two. Or thirty five.  And not in a good way, either. And yet good things can come from that quality if you use it right. In order to make your dream happen, you’ll need to be single-minded. Stubborn. […]

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Creating my Own Dream Design

Today’s guest post comes from Justin Harmon, who runs the blog Unplugged Recreated. He decided to break out of the matrix and learn a new way to live in the world. It is logical, it makes sense, it’s scientific, it’s spiritual, and it is fun. I’ve done a lot of things in my life I’m […]

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31 Days to a Dream: Face your Fear

I’ve talked about fear a lot on this blog – and with good reason. Perhaps the biggest thing standing between you and your dreams is fear. It’s important to realize that fear is just a feeling and can be worked on. It will take an enormous amount of strength within to fight it off, but […]

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