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....
Just a three-hour plane ride south of Bali lies Perth, Australia, where almost 2 million people live in mostly suburban housing surrounded by a dry desert-like landscape that reminds me a lot of Salt Lake City where I grew up, except with beaches instead of mountains. We needed a quick visa run this time, and chose to visit some friends in Perth, who we met...
Can you believe it’s been over two months since our last blog post? The past two months, we’ve felt busier than we have in years, and the time has flown by. It’s been good and productive, but also exhausting. The house we’re remodeling is coming along, but is taking a lot of time and energy and money. We’re looking forward to moving in, although it...
Entrepreneurship / Personal / Productivity
I love my life! It’s a lifestyle I’ve created by choice and through persistent hard work, creativity, a bit of luck, and a lot of help from others. Not everyone would enjoy living like I do. Some people don’t like to travel. Others prefer the comfort of a steady paycheck, or are satisfied enough with their life as it is. And that’s awesome! But there are...
We’ve been in Singapore now for about a week and a half, and we really like this city. It’s clean, probably due to the $1,000 fines for littering (about $800 USD). It’s green, with tall trees lining almost every street, and beautifully landscaped greenery at every turn. It’s one of the safest cities in the world, where you can walk pretty much anywhere day or...
Costa Rica / Malaysia / Personal / Travel
Last year, I wrote a list of 77 Things I Did in 2010. Every time I read through it, I feel amazed at all we were able to accomplish in that short year. Compared to 2010, 2011 seems less exciting and even less productive, but it’s been richer in other ways. For example, this has been a year full of new and wonderful friendships, and we’ve spent...
Costa Rica / Volcán
As I mentioned in my last post, despite having a crazy drive and border crossing experience, we enjoyed our trip to Panama. I didn’t take a whole lot of pictures, but I’ve been meaning to write about the trip for several days. So here we go. After crossing the border from Costa Rica into Panama, we drove straight to Volcán, the town we enjoyed the...
We have now been in Costa Rica for over two weeks! Since we got here, we haven’t been doing many “touristy” things. Instead, we’ve been busy trying to find a place to live. And I think we finally found it! But there is so much else that happened this week, I’m going to leave the house hunting out of this post, and I’ll cover that...
I just wanted to keep everyone up to date on what we’ve been doing the past four days since we arrived in Costa Rica. We’re in the perfect location for exploring the town. We’re in walking distance of everything, and we have been walking a lot! It actually gets fairly hot during the day here, and we’re not used to this much walking, so we...
The past couple weeks, I've found myself with quite a bit of extra time on my hands. Somehow, I've usually been able to finish up work-related tasks in under an hour a day, and less than that on tracking finances or doing household tasks. Now that we don't have a house or so much "stuff" to worry about, I'm magically finding myself left with lots of time to fill! This is a good problem to have, I think.
As much as I've heard how it's good advice to have "down time" to just relax and do nothing, I still find that a challenge. I try to play pool, or sit around and relax, which is nice here and there. But sooner or later, I feel like I've just got to be up and doing something "productive".
I continue to make lists of things I want to accomplish during the day, or the week, and work to accomplish them, but the lists are less stringent than they use to be. I only list a few tasks, and I try to make them things that are truly important to me - not just mundane stuff that needs to be done anyway. This week, my list has included things like "Play Mario Kart with my kids", "Study Spanish", and "Make videos of our Panama trip". But the two things I've probably spent the most time on the past few weeks have been composing music, and typing my old journals.