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Good News For Planners

Today’s good news comes from 1 Corinthians 25: “The foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.” I hope this resonates with someone like it has with me today. I’m here in Costa Rica, eating a simple breakfast from a local market and sipping coffee in bed with the ocean outside my window. This is no Americanised resort-style view. Our hotel embodies the meaning of Pura Vida — set  in the tropical mountainside looking over Santa Teresa. In every sense of the word, we are completely emersed in the “jungle”. Huge spiny tailed iguanas and groups of monkeys eat and play in the trees outside our window. We can see tropical rains producing waterspouts over the Pacific from our balcony. Why is this all so important to mention? Because I had nothing to do with getting here. I used to live a much different way. My life was fixed around a realistic formula: “If I do this, than this will …

Sweet Home Alabama

One thing a lot of people don’t know about me, is that I have an older brother. Andy is 6 ½ years older than me and, since we have different mothers, we have never lived in the same house for more than a season. When I got married, I noticed how big of a difference there was between siblings who grow up together in the same house and those who don’t. Even though Andy and I love each other like brother and sister, we don’t share the same memories and annoyances that most siblings enjoy. This week I am joining my dad and his older sister on a vacation to visit extended family (whom I’ve never met) and tour their hometown of Leeds, Alabama. I have few experiences in my life that are more hilarious than watching these two grown children pester one another. More than the live comedy, watching them become heavy with sweet nostalgia is a treasure I’ll never forget. Let me paint a picture: My dad is a 57 year old with …

7 Road Trip Essentials

Road trips are an amazing option for affordable travel! If you are a fan of spontaneous detours, landscape views and deep convo – road trips are for you! Ben and I love weekend drives for moto or snowboarding and I feel like we explore something new each time. Yesterday was the start of an epic trip. I estimate nearly 30 hours on the road between destinations + 2 flights, over the next 5 days. After years and countless miles, I have gained some wisdom in car comfort. These are a few things I always like to have with me… Pillow – The only time I’ve ever been able to sleep in a car was with a memory foam pillow. If you’re like me and have trouble sleeping on the road, memory foam is the way to go! Check out your local Home Goods. Warm Sweater – For when the driver turns your car into a mobile ice cube…and there is always someone like this on the trip. This long hooded sweater with pockets is about to be everyone’s Fall/Winter sweater crush – new …