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My never-ending creative to-do list

It should shock no one that I have a bunch of creative projects around my house that are in varying states of completion. I was going to work on things this spring/summer, but then I said yes to not one, but two, candidates so was somewhat busy until November 5. Now those campaigns are over and I have no others on my radar (more on that later) and I have ALL THE FREE TIME!

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What am I listening to right now?

Since I was on the road a lot recently, and also in the midst of some projects that involve me needing to zone out and focus, I’ve been pretty much listening to music 24/7. Wait – this isn’t really a change from my norm. Carry on.

So what am I listening to as of late? Well, I’ve got two albums on heavy rotation, with a third recently getting added to the mix.

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Some initial post trip thoughts. . .

It’s been almost a week since I arrived back in Minnesota after my trip. In fact, at this point a week ago I was in a plane that was flying eastward as a part of my 30 hour journey from Hanoi to St. Paul.

I’m slowly but surely getting used to being back home. I’ve done some laundry, paid a couple of bills I forgot to pay before I left (oops), gone through 3 weeks of work email and documents and back into the campaign saddle. There is still a lot I need to do, mainly the rest of my laundry, moving my empty suitcase from the middle of the living room, and getting actual food in my house, but that’ll happen eventually.

As I look back, I realize the past week has seemed to just fly by. It seems as if the last 6 days have lasted as long as one day while I was traveling. Once I had this realization, I began to wonder why – time is time and it’s not like days in Minnesota are shorter than in SE Asia. . .

What is different?

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And then out of nowhere, it hits you

Sometimes, song lyrics say things more clearly than I ever could.  Feeling inspired, humbled, and thankful for so many things and so many people right now.  Almost overwhelming but energizing at the same time. I don't wanna be someone who walks away so easily I'm here...

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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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