The Beauty We See in the Refugee Women

@Sun setting in Thailand, March 2014 Sometimes I feel so hopeful, so inspired, so proud of them that my heart needs more room to contain it. Yet always there renting some space, is a somewhat overwhelmed and torn part of me. For 1.5 years, Incitement Growth has worked with students at several refugee schools. There…

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10 Ways to Nurture Your Dreams

@Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma) after a 2 day trek in January, 2014 The past 4 days have been dreamy. …Literally! Each day I’ve discussed dreams with people that have come to mean a lot to me. It went like this: Friday afternoon – Defining and Manifesting Dreams – Bending Reality internal talk by our CEO…

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Breaking the Rules with AIESEC

There’s a Taoist Chinese proverb that goes, “Once I dreamt I was a butterfly, happily fluttering around in the sky. Then I awoke and wondered, am I a man who dreamt I was a butterfly, or am I a butterfly that dreamt I was a man?” The rest goes along the lines of how there’s…

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9 Tips to Make Friends When You Travel

My friend Maleek recently asked me a question I’ve never thought about. He’s a natural leader among his business college class, and he said people were asking him something that was on his mind too. “How do you make friends when you travel?” I was blown away. I’ve traveled probably 40 countries in the last…

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6 Lessons From Classrooms in 6 Countries to Improve Education Globally

I started picking up my travel pace 7 years ago. Life quickly became a whirlwind. And the most AMAZING whirlwind ever – life was and still is a dream. I’ve racked up enough sights, adventures, connections, and life moments than many people do in their lifetime! Now it’s time to start making sense of these…

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Tibet: When Travel Took on a Meaning Beyond Myself

It’s been the most incredible journey these past 8 years crafting my own experiences around the world to travel, live, breathe, soak in, and observe different cultures and people – or “life travels,” if you will!  But there was an traveler before that – the foundation laid by all the family trips since the age…

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Sri Lanka: Humility Down to a Tea Leaf

Ever wondered how the leaves in your tea got there? This September, I visited Nuwara Eliya, the tea plantations in central Sri Lanka (ever heard of Dilmah tea?). There I learned about the lives of tea pluckers – the men and women who spend each day of their lives at the hands of labor to…

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Brazil: Live Your Dream Life

A 2009 semester off of school to live/work in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil – those who travel the world live the dream life      

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Malaysia: A Forest Retreat for the Mind

I’m back! A crazy wonderful past month of travel and adventures – Myanmar, Hong Kong, 3 bite sized trips in Malaysia – PLUS 4 amazing friends visitng Kuala Lumpur. Can’t wait to share some of the sights with you! This picture was taken at last weekend’s retreat to KECHARA – A Tsem Tulku Buddhist Organisation, coming together…

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Washington: Ways to Spread Light

  Two questions to ponder: 1) Are you the candle or the mirror? 2) Have you captured mirror pictures before around where you live or in your travels? What was the mirror and what was reflected? @Off the family campsite in Olympic National Park outside of Seattle, Washington    View on www.facebook.com/GoLifeTravel  

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