Gratitude

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4 Years

by Kim December 3, 2014

I started So Many Places four years ago this month, 1.5 years before I left my home in Portland, Oregon to set out to see the world. The real journey began when I started this blog. Because starting this blog was the way I declared, “I’m doing this,” even though I had no idea how the hell I was going to do it.

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Reflections on two years of travel

by Kim May 21, 2014

We have cause for celebration because it was two years ago today that Brian and I quit our jobs, sold everything we owned, and drove away from life as we knew it to explore the world for a while.

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What a year it’s been

by Kim December 12, 2013

I rang in 2013 at a palace in Jaisalmer, India, huddled around a bonfire underneath a dark desert sky. Music thumped from the dance floor. When midnight arrived fireworks exploded above me and I raised my head to watch.

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Thanksgiving

by Kim November 28, 2013

Last year Brian and I spent Thanksgiving in Puerto Natales, Chile. We’d just returned from walking the W in Torres del Paine National Park. It was snowing. We tromped through the icy streets to the only brewpub in town and, finding it closed, walked across the empty square looking for a place to have dinner.

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On kindness

by Kim November 25, 2013

Walking away from lunch, Brian and I began talking about all of the kindness we have been shown by complete strangers over this year and a half of traveling. Before we left, before we’d traveled much, we had genuine concerns about our safety. You turn on the television or open the paper and you’d think that humans only do despicable things.

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The things I know about happiness

by Kim September 3, 2013

I am an eternal optimist and I’m naturally resilient and these two traits keep me mostly happy most of the time. Still, I’ve said before that I consider happiness a moving target. Happiness isn’t something like a tattoo that, once embedded, stays forever. Happiness is not a destination.

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Dear life 13

by Kim August 27, 2013

Dear Life, I’ve been hesitant to write you because I wasn’t sure how I felt about you. I believed you were giving me “gifts” – but they sure didn’t feel like gifts – all that struggle and messiness?! Come on now – what kind of gifts are those?!

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Dear life 12

by Kim August 26, 2013

Dear Life, thank you for the baby playing soccer in my tummy. For a love so deep and complete and life-changing for someone who isn’t even here yet that it shocks me and moves me to tears in the grocery store checkout line.

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Dear life 11

by Kim August 19, 2013

Dear life, thank you for my legs and lungs which took me on a 10-mile run yesterday. Thank you for the humbling reminder that everything, even the things that feel second-nature, must be maintained.

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Dear life 10

by Kim August 14, 2013

Dear Life, thank you for this glorious afternoon weather, the crisp blue sky, the shining sun and the cool, blowing breeze. Today I feel the first hint of autumn creeping towards us.

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Dear life 9

by Kim August 5, 2013

Life, thank you for reminding me that the questions never go away but that the quest for answers is true and valuable. Some of us are seekers, even though we do not always know what we are searching for.

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Dear life 8

by Kim July 29, 2013

Dear Life, Thank you for reminding me that play is a crucial component of creativity and that I need to make a little more room in my life for it. Thank you for fruit smoothies and banana bread and baths and tennis. Thank you for little luxuries.

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Dear life 7

by Kim July 22, 2013

Dear Life, Thank you for gray days of rain and the joy of being indoors while the world outside drips and puddles. Thank you for good books and blank paper and pens. Thank you for the limitlessness of creativity.

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Dear life 6

by Kim July 15, 2013

Dear Life, Thank you for helping me keep an open heart and mind and for allowing me to see all of the good things around me. Thank you for my parents. Thank you for this time that I am able to spend with them, it feels wonderful to be a daily part of their lives again.

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Trees are the answer

by Kim July 10, 2013

Suburban Ohio in the summer is not an easy place to re-launch a running habit. For one thing, it’s a million degrees outside plus humidity. For another, it’s boring as hell.

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Dear life 5

by Kim July 8, 2013

Gratitude from around the world.

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