Archive for February, 2012

How to Be Happy: Go Outside


I have written before about how I’ve developed a new appreciation for nature on this trip. The landscapes of America are so varied and breathtaking, it’s easy to get lost out the window as we drive through new terrain. But I think perhaps it is more than novelty and grandeur that has seduced me. I […]


Happiness Highlights: Coming Full Circle in San Francisco


One summer night in 2010, I scared the crap out of my husband by whispering in the dark that I wanted to take off and travel for a year. His first thought was that I meant alone, without him and the kids. Once he figured out (a few days later) that I intended for us […]


For Those Who Aren’t Ambitious


My husband wrote a post yesterday that I think was very brave; he published his own life list. When I wrote my life list, it took a certain amount of courage for me to acknowledge all of my big dreams. I worried about appearing grandiose more than I thought about dying with anything undone. People […]


Pushing the Damn Rock


I once heard a business mentor compare momentum to pushing a rock up and over a hill. The hardest part, he said, is getting the rock to move in the first place. I’m not so sure that the hardest part isn’t pushing the rock up the hill before the summit, knowing with each step that […]


Happiness Highlights: From Sea to Shining Sea


Every Monday, I start my week by highlighting what makes me happy from the previous week. Why? Because I believe we multiply what we focus on, and that gratitude is the first step in learning how to be happier. When we started this journey last summer, we had no goals for miles traveled or states […]