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Inspiration comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms. When trying to change your life for the better, inspiration can help draw out what your heart is already telling you. Find the stories that can help inspire you below!

This Year’s Christmas Gift

December 25, 2012

With My Cousin's Newborn Three Days Ago

Last year I gave away my e-book as my Christmas gift. This year I offer something else. Here is a video I recently watched. Once it loads, skip to the 12:25 mark and watch. As is said in the video, “What’s the point? The point is what science does for us. We normally walk through […]

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Photo Friday – The True Meaning Of Life From The Dalai Lama – McLeodganj, Dharamsala, India

November 30, 2012

The True Meaning Of Life From The Dalai Lama - Taken 27-Nov-2012 - McLeodganj, Dharamsala, India

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Visiting Kids With Cancer In The Hospital

November 26, 2012

Trying To Do A Hair Transplant

What is one of the benefits of couchsurfing with a girl whose mom is a nurse at a hospital? Well, upon telling her about The Crazy Hair Fundraiser she invites you to her hospital to brighten up the kids in the cancer ward. It’s hard to believe that I haven’t tried doing this yet. I […]

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What I’m Thankful For Today

November 22, 2012


This post was an afterthought. I wasn’t planning to write anything for Thanksgiving. Last night I realized how crazy it was that last year I was rescued from homelessness by Indians in Costa Rica, this year I’m in India.  But as I sit here in India, about to dive into a 3-day wedding festival of […]

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Photo Friday – Tools Needed To Change The World – Gandhi Smriti, Delhi, India

November 9, 2012


Mahatama Gandhi’s worldly possessions at the time of his assassination 30-Jan-1948. Not pictured: courage, strength, and determination.

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Some Inspirational Advice For Whoever Wins The Election Today

November 6, 2012

Quotes And Proverbs To Live By

In Cebu, Philippines I came upon a school on the city’s main road. It has dozens of inspirational quotes from historical figures and proverbs from various sources. Most get at the heart of humanity, from courage to love to purpose. So, no matter who wins the presidential election today, I hope the next four years […]

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Fulfilling My Dream Of Flying

October 29, 2012

Ready For Takeoff

Ohio is the birthplace of aviation. It says so on our license plates. Yes, the Wright Brothers were born in Ohio. Now my parents live in North Carolina where the Wright Brothers did their first flight. I guess we have a thing for flying. I’ve done my fair share of flying, but always as a […]

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Support Suvani And The Kathmandu Literary Festival

October 28, 2012

Suvani And I

Like the Happy Laos project, this is a post out of order to support a worthy cause and celebrate and amazing person I met. I met Suvani Singh last week here in Kathmandu. She’s the friend of a friend, but the world is a small place and I’m lucky to have been able to meet […]

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A Day With Pencils Of Promise – Building The Future Of Laos

October 6, 2012

School 3

While in Luang Prabang, I had the pleasure of meeting up with some people who work for an amazing organization called Pencils of Promise. A friend’s girlfriend works for them and helped arrange everything. I tagged along for a visit to some of the schools they’ve already constructed. Before the school year starts back up […]

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Anh – The Smiling Undercover Superhero Of Da Nang, Vietnam

September 17, 2012

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For me, Da Nang, Vietnam conjures up one image – the smiling face of Anh. In Da Nang I arranged to couchsurf with Phuong. But she told me I couldn’t stay in her home, but rather I’d stay with a friend of hers – the founder of an organization called Tam Thien that helps kids with […]

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Photo Friday – Inspiring Future Generations – Abellana National School, Cebu, Philippines

September 7, 2012

Inspiring Future Generations - Taken 4-Sep-2012 - Abellana National School, Cebu, Philippines

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So Many Questions And So Much Sadness In Southeast Asia

September 6, 2012

Amazing People (2)

So far my time in Southeast Asia has made me contemplate and look within a lot. It’d be easy to let the sadness of the recent past overwhelm all the awesomeness and smiles currently going on in these countries. But some horrible atrocities have been committed here very much within living memory – namely the […]

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Siem Reap, Cambodia – Asia’s Laboratory For Social Business?

September 5, 2012

Common Grounds Cafe

Siem Reap has a lot of exciting stuff going on from a social business point of view. I’ve never been somewhere so full of social businesses. What’s a social business? To me, it’s a business that exists to benefit a cause, a community, or humanity instead of maximizing investment return for shareholders. Or, put another […]

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Aki Ra – Change Your Community, Change The World.. A True Hero

August 29, 2012

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Outside the city of Siem Reap is the Cambodia Landmine Museum. It was on my list of things to see, but had I not been encouraged by someone on my Facebook page I may not have gone. But, the stars aligned and I’m so glad they did. Aki Ra had a tough life by any […]

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Volunteering With Smile Group In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam And Visiting A Buddhist Orphanage/Nursing Home

August 21, 2012

Drawing With One Of The Kids

Smile Group is an organization started by Nguyen Van Hung to help children live in dignity with AIDS. More specifically, their mission statement is “to restore dignity and hope to children and families affected by AIDS, through financial, educational, moral and psychological support. We are committed to helping children and young adults have equal access to […]

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Being An American In Vietnam

August 20, 2012

Me And My New Friend Thanh

Many people asked me what it’s like being an American in Vietnam. I’d say it’s probably quite similar to being a Brazilian or a Swede in Vietnam. There were no problems or hard feelings at all. I experienced this phenomenon in the Middle East. When I moved to Abu Dhabi in 2004 I expected a […]

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Meeting Vietnam’s Most Famous Author – And Being Inspired To Write

August 18, 2012

Me And Nguyen Nhat Anh

On my last night in Ho Chi Minh City, Long, my couchsurfing host, and I decided to see a movie. We got the ticket and had two hours to eat dinner before the movie started. He told me there was a nice café nearby where we could eat and that Vietnam’s most famous author, Nguyen […]

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