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How Today Can Be The Best Day Of Your Life

Yesterday I had a booth at a local artist’s market. It was the first time I’ve ever tried to sell my artwork, and by midday I was actually pretty disappointed.

I had spent dozens and dozens of hours over the last month making product to sell, and then hauled everything out to the market before 7:00 am on a cold Saturday morning to get set up. I was really putting myself out there, showing the world a piece of me that very few people had ever seen before. And it seemed like no one cared.

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Airplane flying into the sunrise

How to travel without time or money

Ahh, traveling. The iconic “dream life” that so many people aspire to. Personally, I’m a huge fan of cultural immersive traveling – not only does it provide an opportunity for personal growth, but it can also have some surprising health benefits.

Over the years, I’ve had many people ask me how I travel as much as I do. They are intrigued by the mystery, and also perhaps just a bit jealous.

It’s easy to be happy for other people’s perceived successes if you feel that you are also successful. But it’s different if you are stuck in a dead-end job, struggling to make ends meet, stressed out, fighting to keep your marriage alive, or having a hard time controlling your wildly unruly kids. It’s much harder to be happy for someone else’s successes if you feel like you are failing in some aspect of your life.

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A Fun Family Outing On The Farm

Continuing in the theme of great fall-themed activities, let’s talk about another seasonal classic – corn mazes.

A great one just north of Atlanta is Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze. Uncle Shuck’s is open Fridays through Sundays in October and November. They also have a haunted maze that’s open every weekend in October.

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Beautifully carved pumpkin

An Easy Fall Activity That Costs Less Than $10

Fall is a great time for seasonal activities. There are festivals, plays, parades, and all sorts of other events that only happen once a year. One of my personal favorites is pumpkin carving. It doesn’t really take very long, so you can easily do it in a single evening after work. If you’d rather take your time and enjoy the festive activity with friends, it’s a simple thing to plan a whole afternoon party around it.

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American cultural icons - apple pie and baseball

What Happens When You Return

I recently read an article by Chelsea Fagan entitled “What Happens When You Live Abroad”. It’s a great read, but misses an important part of the story –what happens when you return.

What they don’t talk about is the culture shock you feel all over again after you’ve returned to your home country. There is so much confusion and unsettling feelings swirling around. But it’s compounded by the fact that this is happening in your country of birth. If this is supposed to be your home, why does it feel so alien?

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Newlywed couple

The One Question You Should Never Ask Newlyweds

I’ve been married for about 2 months now.  We’re definitely still newlyweds. In that short amount of time, I’ve already come to dread the question “How is married life?” This is far and above the most common question I’ve been asked since the wedding day. It’s hit or miss as to whether people will ask me about my job, or my hobbies, or what places I’ve visited recently, or what God’s been teaching me, etc.  It’s guaranteed, however, that they will ask me how married life is.

Why does this question bother me?

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3 Easy Habits To Help You Become A Happier Person

We’ve all been there.  Wishing away our current circumstances in favor of the next stage of life.  Getting jealous of our friends’ successes because they outshine our own.  Telling ourselves that “if only…” then we’d truly be happy.

However, as I wrote about in more detail here, true happiness is a choice, not a situation.  So how can you become a happier, more content person if you’re not feeling the love right now?  Here are 3 fairly simple things you can do to boost your morale and increase your happiness.

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