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Reflections

Seeing the world from different perspectives provides an ideal atmosphere for reflection and meditation on life, society, culture, love and family. These musing are our pondering thoughts down on paper. A sort of therapy if you wish, to help digest the vast number of new experiences. Enjoy!

  • The Only Thing Stopping You Is You

    The Only Thing Stopping You Is You

    Reflections

    The conversation I had in Ireland that sparked this post. A hard hitting reflection on the excuses that stop us from living our dreams. You only live once, they say. But I say you only die once. You actually live every day.

  • My 5 Biggest Regrets in 500 Days of Travel

    My 5 Biggest Regrets in 500 Days of Travel

    Reflections

    Not many families can say they have travelled the world for 500 days, although many may want to. I could have written many posts on the benefits of travel, the wonders we have experienced, the lessons we have learnt…. And I have. But what about the not so glamorous side? Aren’t you all dying to know there must be something wrong with this “enchanting” lifestyle we are living?

  • Before Travel I Never Would Have…

    Before Travel I Never Would Have…

    Reflections

    In the car the other day I had a travel thought. Five of them actually. It could of had something to do with the Rockmelon I cut that morning with a plastic knife. Before travel you would have never…

  • So It’s been 6 Months – Have We Learnt Anything?

    So It’s been 6 Months – Have We Learnt Anything?

    Reflections

    Back in May we packed up our home life in Perth, Australia and hit the road. It’s now November and we are celebrating, not only 6 months of exploration and discovery, but 200 days into our nomadic journey. I can tell you that in the last 200 days I have learnt copious amounts. And not only about my surroundings, but about myself. So where have we been for the last 200 days?

  • The Great Equality Myth

    The Great Equality Myth

    Reflections

    I had a crisis of conscience. How could I live in an area where the relative cost of living was so low that I could live like a king, on the backs of the lower class who made that kind of thing possible? Wasn’t that exploitation? It really made me think.

  • The Best Things In Life Aren't Things

    The Best Things In Life Aren't Things

    Reflections

    My husband, Josh, shares deep thoughts on minimalism: "For quite some time I had an underlying dissatisfaction with the Western consumerism-driven mindset. I found it extremely self-focused, which tended to clash with my overall worldview. But this email eloquently put into words exactly what I felt… That the best things in life aren’t things."