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Losing Bear

by Kim June 2, 2014

Two weeks ago we lost our sweet dog Bear.

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The catalyst. We all have the power to change.

by Kim February 14, 2014

I am sharing Michele’s story because it is an amazing example of how capable we are. I think it demonstrates just how much power we have over our own lives.

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I Wore Long Pants to Maggie’s Funeral

by Kim February 9, 2014

It was a painfully blue Monday, yesterday. Cold, but the sun was warm. My sister sat on the front porch with Maggie. Maggie ate Oreo’s and drank water from a small white bowl.

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I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore

by Kim January 30, 2014

Sometimes when Brian and I are restless and the feeling of being stuck overwhelms us we borrow my in-laws car and drive out to my favorite neighborhood in Cincinnati. In this part of town the homes are old and stately and made of brick with wide front porches. Here, the fast food chains and big box stores are replaced by cafes and boutiques. I feel good on these historic streets, like I’m a part of something.

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A one-way ticket to Spain

by Kim August 11, 2013

When I first opened the gift I couldn’t quite comprehend what it was. I thought Brian had written me a letter. But when I unfolded that innocuous piece of paper, tucked so tidy into my birthday card, I saw that I was not staring at a letter but at an itinerary.

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Happy Anniversary Brian

by Kim July 28, 2013

Marriage isn’t bliss and love isn’t either. Marriage is life with all of its big and little things. It’s hard and it’s sad and it’s funny and it’s complicated and it’s beautiful. It’s like India or a really good book.

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On being a foreigner

by Kim April 10, 2013

Traveling has taught me what it feels like to be an outsider, to miss being in a place that I just intrinsically understand, a place that I can effortlessly move through without having to double check that I am adhering to the cultural norms.

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Attempting To Heal a Broken Heart In Hampi

by Kim March 20, 2013

A friend has come to visit us in India on the tail of a painful breakup. We head to Hampi, a place that seems the perfect backdrop for a transformation.

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Advice to my 21-year-old self

by Kim February 20, 2013

I started writing this months ago for my baby sister, ten years younger than I am, to give to her on her 21st birthday. I never finished or published it and it’s been sitting in draft form ever since. But today I’m pulling it out of the gutter and sweeping off the dust, putting it out there for you to read.

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Six months on the road and thoughts on homesickness

by Kim November 14, 2012

It’s been six months since we left our home in Portland for a trip around the world. Here are my thoughts at the six-month mark, including the truth about homesickness.

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When one partner wants to travel and the other doesn’t: one year later

by Kim October 29, 2012

A year and a half ago, way back when this trip was just a crazy idea, Brian wrote about his feelings and concerns on giving up our “normal” life to travel. We’ve been on the road for five months now and Brian shares his perspective on our adventure in his own words.

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The car breaks down and other stories from the road

by Kim July 18, 2012

We’ve been on the road for two months now. Some stories about our clunky car and life on the road.

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Adjusting to life on the road

by Kim June 7, 2012

Adjusting to life on the road is no better or worse than I imagined it to be, but it is definitely different. A post on the growing pains of long term travel.

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The gift that changes everything

by Kim May 6, 2012

Last week Brian and I received the most amazing gift and it has truly changed the way we are looking at our trip.

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The Hardest Part: Leaving Pets to Travel Long Term

by Kim March 25, 2012

The hardest part about traveling is leaving our beloved dogs behind.

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Retreat No Matter The Cost

by Kim May 30, 2011

Sometimes you’ve just got to retreat with the one you love, no matter the cost. We herded our dogs into the car, packed banana pancake mix, board games, pajama pants and fuzzy slippers and holed up in the tiny coastal town of Manzanita, Oregon.

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