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What an experience

Today is my last day in Vietnam.  This trip has been an utter whirlwind, and as with my Nepal trip, was exactly what I needed when I needed it.  I know it has impacted me and left me with a lot of things to think about. I'm beginning to go through the process of...

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Quick non-update update

Sorry for the lack of updates. We have had a lot of busy days, and at night I am too wiped out to do much other than sleep. We are now in Laos for two more days & then heading back to Hanoi. This trip has been amazing and I can't wait to share more with y'all. I have...

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Greetings from Quang Ngai

Wow - can't believe it's been almost a week since I left the states.  It seems like it's been a lot longer, but that's probably because we have been very busy since leaving Hanoi on Sunday morning. I could write a long narrative describing what we did each day,...

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Long travel days are long

Finally made it to Hanoi.  We've been here for about 2.5 hours and I'm currently settled in at the Hotel Celia for the night.  Tomorrow we get to sleep in a bit and then head out for a tour around Hanoi to give us an overview of the city.  Can I just mention that I'm...

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Why I am going – Part 2

I had hoped to write a bit more about this yesterday, however packing took me a bit longer than I had planned (*shakes fist at allergies or cold or whatever is causing me to be stuffy and cough*) Long story short - as many of you know I'm involved with People to...

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Why I am going – Part 1

As I approach my departure date (tomorrow!!!!), I keep getting asked variations on the following questions: "Is this a vacation?"  Kinda. "Are you going on a mission trip?"   Yes, but not that kind of mission. "Why are you going there?"  Why not? Throughout my life, I...

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Where will I be?

I've been trying to figure out how best to show where I'll be visiting during my upcoming trip, so I decided to create a rough map to give an idea of where we will be. Less than two weeks and we're off! View Cambodia, Laos, & Vietnam in a larger map

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Strength  (strngkth, strngth, strnth)  n. 1. The state, property, or quality of being strong. 2. The power to resist attack; impregnability. 3. The power to resist strain or stress; durability. 4. The ability to maintain a moral or intellectual position firmly. Being...

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Next up: Cambodia, Laos, & Vietnam!

That's right folks, I'm headed back to Asia.  What's on deck for this trip? MSP-->Chicago -->Seoul -->Vietnam-->Cambodia-->Laos-->Vietnam-->Seoul-->Chicago-->MSP I'll be traveling for 23 days, which is the longest trip since my first...

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Hey guys. Remember me? Remember this blog?

Well, it turns out that I kinda forgot about it and didn’t really post for awhile. Oops. I guess this is what happens when you are wrapping up being #onhaitus, go on vacation, start a new job, and suffer through approximately 9 months of winter.

Yes, that’s it.

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Bring it on, 2013

Happy New Year! I'm going to save everyone from the standard "year in review" post or even a "here are the top 10 songs of the year" post. For the most part. This past year was full of ups and downs (aren't they all really?!) but I'm glad to have had each of the...

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Those of you that follow me on Twitter know that I often tweet things using the hashtag #thingsithinkabout. Often these are random, silly, and rarely profound thoughts I have which are usually inspired by something I am watching or doing.

Some recent gems. . . . .

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Love > Hate

I was checking out some posts on and came across this post. I proceeded to watch the video, which gave me chills – in a good way.

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Yep, this about sums it up. . .

  Imma let it go!!!! Gonna leave my worries behind! Gotta take control! I just came to have a good time! Imma let it go, no time for stress on my mind! Imma lettin go!!!!!

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25 Random Factoids about Me

I was going through old notes from Facebook, and found this list of 25 things about me that I originally posted in January of 2009.  While a lot has changed since then, a lot really hasn't.  I guess it's true that the more things change, the more they stay the same....

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