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My Journey with Ayahuasca Personal / Spain / Spirituality / Travel

Over my birthday this year, while the family was in Ronda, Spain, I took a train to Madrid for a 3-day retreat where an Amazonian plant mixture called ayahuasca was used to facilitate greater self-awareness. I first heard of ayahuasca in 2012, shortly after arriving in Bali for the first time, and have been intrigued by the idea ever since. Over the years, I’ve met dozens of people...

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My Solo Trip and Silent Retreat Bali / Indonesia / Personal / Spirituality / Travel

I don’t know about you, but there are a lot of thoughts swimming around in my head, and sometimes I get really tired of the inner noise. It’s easy for me to get caught up in preparing for the future, reliving the past, or the constant chatter of labeling and critiquing everything in my present experience. Sometimes, I wish the voice in my head would just shut up...

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Creating Home in Bali Bali / Education / Family / Personal

We’re enjoying Bali more now than ever. Last year, we were quite ready to leave when I wrote about what we love about Ubud and what we feel is lacking here. But lately, many of those lacks have been filled. From finishing a year-long remodel project, to finding several wonderful classes and friends for our girls, to connecting even more with open and welcoming people – at this point, we’re...

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How I Cured My Irritable Bowel Syndrome Food / Personal

After struggling with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) for over five years now, and trying every method I could to heal it, I think I’ve finally found a permanent cure! I’ve written about IBS before, and some of the tests, diets, and methods I’ve tried. And I’ve had a few periods of reduced symptoms that have lasted up to 3-4 weeks. But otherwise, it’s typically been diarrhea 2-3 times per week. Until now!...

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Making Mormonism More Good Personal / Spirituality

There is a lot of good in Mormonism. There are teachings of love and compassion, of service and productivity, of humility and integrity. Within its community, there is a sense of belonging and safety. And I see much sincerity in its people. However, I’m concerned that too often, the ability for members to live by these good principles is handicapped by other teachings in the church that...

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Making Work Meaningful Entrepreneurship / Goals / Spirituality

When I created Music Teacher’s Helper ten years ago, it was to solve a need that I had in my own life — to better organize my student lesson schedules and payments. I decided to turn it into a “business” for two reasons. One, because other teachers expressed interest in it. And two, to provide for my family without being dependent on an employer. I’ve learned a lot since...

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Lazy in London Family / London / Travel / United Kingdom

We were so grateful to have booked an apartment for 10 days in London because in the past two months, we hadn’t stayed in any place for longer than a week, and in the past two weeks, we hadn’t stayed anywhere longer than two nights! So, we were quite worn out and ready to stay “home” and recover for a while. This worked out rather well because London is an extremely expensive city, and we helped keep costs down by resting for several...

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Of Families and Mountains Family / Idaho / Travel / United States / Wyoming

From my beautiful sister’s wedding in a campground near Pocatello, Idaho, to beautiful drives through Yellowstone National Park and the Teton mountains near Jackson, Wyoming, and ending with a family reunion at Bear Lake, we had a busy but enjoyable time during our last week in the USA this trip. It started with a flight from Seattle. We’d driven down from Vancouver the night before, and had accidentally...

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Charming Victoria Canada / Family / Travel / Victoria

Crossing the border from the US to Canada was the most painless land border crossing ever. We didn’t even need to get out of our car. We just handed our passports to the man in the booth, answered 5 or 6 questions, and we were on our way. Such a contrast from those hectic Nicaragua border crossings! Good thing too, because we were the second...

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USA West Coast Road Trip California / Family / Oregon / Personal / Travel / United States / Utah / Washington

The good ol’ family road trip. It’s something we haven’t done for a long time in this part of the world. And this trip, our focus was on meeting up with friends and family and being reminded of what it’s like to live in a developed western country. On our way from Bali to the states, we had a long layover in the Seoul, Korea airport....

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