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Challenge Yourself!

What’s more motivating than a good challenge! If you are one big muscle, challenges are what makes you stronger. Below you can find articles that will challenge you to try new things or to see things from a new perspective.

Overcoming Static Friction In Tbilisi, Georgia

February 19, 2014


First thing’s first, what is static friction? Kinetic friction you are already aware of, the friction when an object is in motion that leads to a loss in momentum/energy. Static friction is the friction between two objects that are not moving. Generally, more force is required to get an object moving from its static position […]

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Change Your Paradigm – Different Is Beautiful

June 3, 2013

Be different and stand out in a crowd

On my first day at Inle Lake it was too late to take a boat tour of the city. Instead I rented a bike and cycled around the outskirts of the town. I had a destination in mind, but at one point I decided to cycle down an unpaved road to see where it led. […]

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Something I’ve Learned From Kids On This Journey

March 23, 2013

baby laughing

I spoke to a class of engineers here in India recently and one student asked me what the biggest learning or realization I’ve had so far on this trip. I thought for a minute and realized it had to do with children. I didn’t have much contact with kids in my adult life. When I […]

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The Man In The Mirror

March 16, 2013

My Crazy Hair First Thing In The Morning

I recently took the picture below after waking up one morning. I found my crazy hair funny and I knew my parents would laugh at it. I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror and it got me thinking… It made me think of one’s relationship with one’s self. Too often it’s unhealthy – love/hate at […]

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Why Are We So Judgmental?

December 1, 2012


Why are we so judgmental as a species? Seriously! I guess it goes back to evolution. We had to quickly decide whether situations were safe, berries edible, and animals scary in an instant. Fight or flight kind of stuff. As we’ve evolved to have missions to space and gene therapy, we haven’t evolved much when […]

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How To Win The Lottery

May 21, 2012


I was inspired to write this article was I saw the frenzy surrounding the $640,000,000 Mega Millions lottery jackpot in the U.S. at the end of March. It was kind of disgusting, to be honest. It’s interesting that lotteries are so successful around the world. You part with a small amount of money with the […]

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How “Let’s Visit A Waterfall” Turned Into Me Rappelling Down A Waterfall

April 3, 2012

Rappelling Down The Waterfall

On my second day with the Tsachilas, they said we’d visit a waterfall. Well, they told me lots of other things as well, but I didn’t fully understand what they said. I just knew that we’d be meeting two other Americans and we’d be going to a waterfall. Upon leaving, they told me it would […]

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Happy New Year – Now Take The Plunge With Me!

January 1, 2012

Take The Plunge With Me

Happy New Year! Before I begin, I wish you and your loved ones all the best this coming year and every year thereafter. On Christmas Day I invited you to start thinking about making a New Year’s Resolution related to taking the plunge. I hope the e-book I wrote and offered as a gift helped […]

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My Christmas Present To You

December 25, 2011

Happiness Plunge E-Book

As much as I despise how commercial Christmas has become, the underlying concept of giving is something really wonderful. But as I wish you a Merry Christmas, I am already looking ahead a week – New Year’s Day. I’ve never made a New Year’s resolution, but many people do. Instead of choosing a typical resolution, […]

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How I Improved My Trip And Avoided Being Alone On Christmas In Less Than An Hour By Embracing Change

December 15, 2011

Happy Nomad Tour Route With Venezuela Highlighted

On Thursday, December 1st I sat down to try and do some Happy Nomad Tour “administrative” things. I used to stay a month ahead in terms of planning, but I’ve long given that up and take comfort in knowing where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing 24-hours in the future. My brother, who planned […]

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Pushing Yourself To Overcome Fears

November 24, 2011

roach close up

While in San Jose, I realized just how far I’ve come when it comes to my fear of bugs. As I mentioned before, while living in Yoloaiquin, El Salvador I had no choice but to put up with bugs. I was living in the countryside and bugs were simply everywhere. Each night something frightening would […]

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Listening To My Gut And Quitting Nicaragua Early

November 15, 2011

I am a quitter

There have been many firsts on The Happy Nomad Tour. Certainly more are to come. But in Nicaragua I had my first “this doesn’t feel right” moment. Coming off my great experience in El Salvador, I was excited to volunteer here in Nicaragua. I was excited to meet up with my awesome friend working here […]

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Guatemala City – Avoiding Danger And Eating Tongue

October 10, 2011

Mocca Mint Coffee - amazing

I came to Guatemala City for the weekend on my way to Honduras. I heard there wasn’t much to do or see, and that it is very dangerous. It’s all relative, I suppose, but I had a good time here. And how could I not have a good time? Look at the first cafe I […]

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Change Your Routine – Change You!

July 26, 2011

change routine guy running opposite direction

Humans are routine-oriented by nature. Just look at the circadian rhythm. We are programmed to rise and fall with the sun. But we need not get locked into a routine or way of doing things. Depending on your sensitivity to your life’s routine, changing up your routine can be detrimental and ruin the rest of […]

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Letting Go And Shedding Your Skin

July 20, 2011

hoarding room full of garbage trash boxes

This is hoarding. It is not the worst case, but we can all agree that living like this would be very difficult. I have been home helping my parents clean the house. At times it feels like they are hoarders, but in the grand scheme of things they aren’t at all. Yet, there is still a […]

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Getting Back In Touch

July 10, 2011

getting back in touch dialing a phone

Something wonderful happened today. I have been helping clean my parents’ house as they prepare to put it up for sale. My uncle is here helping as well. We were all talking and then the topic of high school reunions came up. My uncle said his high school sweetheart never went to any reunions and […]

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Closing The Loop – Appreciating Personal Growth

June 11, 2011

red link chain closing the loop

Life is full of difficult experiences we must overcome. Do you remember your first day of school? It was terrifying! I cried like a baby as my mom left! Or there is starting high school, applying for and going to college, jobs, relationships, kids, finances, health, etc. Life is tough! But rarely do we stop […]

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