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Colorful San Miguel de Allende, Mexico Family / Food / Mexico / Music / San Miguel

Arriving in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico precisely in time for Day of the Dead, we enjoyed an exceptionally festive atmosphere. But in reality, there’s always some sort of celebration happening in this colorful town. The residents are friendly, respectful, and welcoming of visitors. It has a safe, small-town feel, where people recognize each other and say ‘hola’ on the streets, but it’s large enough to...

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The Nostalgia of Coming Home Family / Music / Personal / Travel / United States / Utah

We’ve made five visits back to Utah since we moved away six years ago, and our most recent stay was the longest and best yet! There are always an abundance of emotions to process for our traveling family surrounding the idea of “coming home”. What does that actually mean anyway? For us, amid all the places we’ve lived these past several years and with everything we’ve...

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Highlights of 2015 Personal / Travel

Another incredible year has passed! In 2015, we visited 7 countries, spent time with extended family, made many new friends, and found ourselves gradually integrating experiences and letting go of thoughts that have been holding us back for years. It hasn’t always been easy. We’ve had physical, emotional, and relationship challenges. We’ve felt tired, anxious, overwhelmed, and bored. But we’ve worked through it and learned...

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Times Square Family / New York / Travel / United States

If I had to describe Manhattan in one word, it would be “energetic”. This intense place is buzzing with activity and excitement. Mammoth skyscrapers, throngs of diverse individuals, flashy advertisements, and the noise and smells of a big city. During our ten day trip there, we found ourselves feeling awed and engaged, but also exhausted and overwhelmed. It was a bit surreal to visit landmarks we’d heard and seen in countless movies, stories, and music...

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Playing House in Victoria Canada / Family / Travel / Victoria

Ah, Victoria. You’re kind of our favorite. We spent July through September in this magical, perfect-sized, quaint, and oh-so-friendly place. It feels just like a warm hug with really delightful and cozy people. There’s seemingly always someone available to give you a smile, a helping hand, or a congenial chat. I’m beginning to think that many of the residents are actually angels incognito. I would go out...

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Oaxacan black mole with cheese and dozens of other ingredients including chocolate, chili peppers, onions, and more at La Cocina restaurant in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Food / Mexico / San Miguel / Travel

One of our best-loved things about traveling to so many different places has been experiencing the culinary delights available in each one. We’ve been thoroughly enjoying Mexican cuisine ever since we first arrived in this festive country a couple of weeks ago, and it’s certainly one of our favorites! So, we thought we’d look into savoring a food tour while we’re here, and we enjoyed such a lovely...

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Northwestern Delights Family / Oregon / Travel / Washington

As you may recall, when we left Paris in July, we were headed to Seattle for a much anticipated visit with our Grandma Alli. Along the way, we flew through the Calgary airport, where many of the senior citizen employees were dressed in cowboy attire and welcomed us with a lively musical performance, complete with a lassoing of Marie at the end, and some gifts...

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6 Tips for Taking Great Photos Personal / Photography / Travel

In the past 5 years, I’ve traveled to over 30 countries, which has brought a constant opportunity to practice photography in unique settings. What started out as an attempt to document our journey as a family keepsake, has become an engaging and artful hobby that I love to indulge in. Having taken tens of thousands of photos, I can see how my skill has improved with time. And while I...

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To all the Mormons – I’m Sorry Family / Personal / Spirituality

It’s hard to know what to say when starting an apology. But I’m feeling a kind of tugging sorrow in my heart for the pain I’ve caused my LDS family and friends, and likely many others I’ve never met. If you feel you’ve been affected negatively by something I’ve written, said, or done over the years, then please accept my sincere apology. This post is...

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Living Your Life Purpose Education / Entrepreneurship / Personal / Productivity / Spirituality

“It’s messing people up, this social pressure to ‘find your passion’ and ‘know what it is you want to do’. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully, and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This...

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