Best experience of our life. Worth the sacrifices. Next goal is to do it again in 5 years! 7 months ago
Lungs felt good on last night’s run, camino got our fitness up. Working towards a 5k first 7 months ago
Hiked the Camino de Santiago from France to the coast – 550 miles. Then backpacked around Portugal, Rome, and Madrid. Best experience of my life – lived simply, cheaply, humbly, without phone or computer. Would choose doing the camino again over any other world travels; life changing experience! 7 months ago
Maybe it’s not a matter of finding that “perfect” job, but coming to terms with the idea of leaving one that’s just not right for you 7 months ago
Getting closer, have most supplies and arrangements in place! 9 months ago
Paid off the higher interest loans, finally down to the low interest ones! 10 months ago
Tickets booked, leave in less than 2 months 10 months ago
Creamy pesto fettuccini w crushed basil, garlic, tomatoes on top, covered w strips of grilled chicken over. Served w salad and greens. 11 months ago
Finally checked this one off the list after 10 years. Great trip, loved the sheep! 11 months ago
How I did it: Camping is great. I've been a bunch of times. Had bears in my camp twice (luckily I didn't have any food in my tent). On one hike I was coming down a narrow trail and a momma bear and baby bear crossed the path right in front of me! No harm done, but given how protective momma bears are of their cubs I was pretty startled. Read how I did it… 13 months ago
For some people, college is essential – they’ve dreamed of being a lawyer or a doctor their whole life, or perhaps a school teacher, and they really need that degree. For those people, college is worth it.
For a lot of people, college is just “the next step.” I went to school with a TON of people that had no idea what they wanted to do in life, partied a lot more than they studied (hey, it was a big state school), and acquired a lot of debt along the way.
Before, college was something that set you apart, gave you an advantage in the work force, possibly allowed you to get promoted over others. Times have changed, the economy stinks, and EVERYONE has a degree. I have known many graduates who can’t land a job. I’m good friends with an awesome lawyer who rocked her bar exam and can’t get a job because there just aren’t any openings in the areas she lived. Lots of news and online articles have been written about college – how it’s become a money industry for the colleges themselves and isn’t necessarily beneficial for a lot of the work force. A degree and experience should mean more pay, right? Nope, just like everyone you know companies are trying to save money wherever they can by NOT hiring those who demand better salaries and instead hire the inexperienced who they can train and pay little.
Do I have a degree? Yep. Do I have a lot of student loans? Yep. Do I have a good job? Sure. Does it make me happy? Nope. If I could do it again I would definitely do something else… something that was flexible enough to let me take care of a family, something I enjoyed and hadn’t invested years and years pursuing. So many choices – hair stylist, realtor, paramedic, CNA, photographer, medical transcriptionist, paralegal, etc.
Bottom line? Follow your dreams, and if those dreams don’t include college, don’t feel bad about it. You can always go to college later in life if things don’t work out. =) Why not take a ‘gap year?’ 14 months ago
my hostel experience in antigua: awful! 2 sleazy hostel operators kept hitting on me and other girls, tried to come into our room at night (I had barricaded the door, thankfully; there was no lock!); that night I turned on my flashlight (I was on the bottom bunk) and saw hundreds of bugs running around just above my face, under the mattress of the person above me – not sure if they were roaches or bed bugs… this is a hostel that my travel book recommended!! Will I ever stay at a hostel again? Maybe, but I’ll be a lot more picky next time and will have my husband with me! 14 months ago
I currently donate to compassion international (my sponsored child lives in Nicaragua) and humane society of the US. Both are reputable, long-term organizations. Great places to give if you want to donate and aren’t sure where to start. 14 months ago
Joe’s dream vacation; not really worth all the travel cross country to me… But I want to do it for him 14 months ago
I want to go so badly!!! Almost went for our honeymoon but I was having passport issues (couldn’t find it!) 14 months ago
I sure hope so! Think we have to move states for this to happen but joe doesn’t want to move. :( 14 months ago
I love the southwest!! Wanted to see this several years ago on a long road trip but they were sold out of permits months in advance. The area is very delicate so they really limit the number of visitors allowed. 14 months ago
Don’t have to pay taxes this year, which means I can put some loot towards the loans! 14 months ago
I have a huge problem with this! My mom, who I love dearly, was a weak person as I was growing up she remains a chronic worrier and apologizer to this day. Dad, on the other hand, was extremely harsh and didn’t believe kids should be kids (not his fault, he was out plowing the fields at age 7, never had a childhood himself). Result? A highly motivated, perfectionistic worrisome apologizer.
I struggle against the negative traits all the time, am actually a strong person, but I find myself frequently saying ‘sorry’ at work, and without good reason. This really needs to stop; I feel that if you do good work but apologize a lot others will get the impression that you DON’T do good work and make lots of mistakes. Plus it’s just annoying, makes you seem weak even if you aren’t. Sorry has it’s place, but not in excess. Perhaps by goal will be to banish it from my vocabulary with the exception of true apologies. 14 months ago