Today at the continental breakfast of a random hotel in a random Central Valley town, a man approached me. “You have some neat kids there,” he said, and I said, “Yeah, we like them a lot!” and then he responded, “Not quite a quiverful, though, eh? Better get to work on that, heh heh.” I could have said: “Sir, that is none of your d*mn business.” Or: “What makes you think you can determine when my quiver is full or what gets to fill it?” Or: “We actually just lost a baby after trying for quite some time; thanks for recalling me to that well of pain and failure!” I didn’t say any of those things, because truthfully I’m not that sensitive about this; I feel sure we’ll have another baby if we’re meant to and if not, we’re pleased as punch with the two we’ve got. But that’s not really the point. The point, to me, was this: everyone is going through something you can’t see, maybe something very painful, and in all our tiny, daily interactions we can be kind and friendly and positive, or we can be insensitive or judgmental or crabby. I’m sure I’ve been offensive or hurtful a thousand times without meaning to be, and I think we should give grace to people who unwittingly poke at things that are sensitive to us. But I also think we all have a duty to learn as much as we can about what other people might be experiencing—by talking to them, spending time with them, asking questions, reading books, watching good movies, getting curious, paying attention—so we can move through our days with a big reserve of empathy and make love our quickest reaction. That seems like it’d make the world quite a bit better.
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"Muchas veces nos dicen que "Fantasma" es muy grande para esa caja. Pero la verdad es que a pesar de sus 20kg, él es más pelo que cuerpo. Después de ensayar, un sin número de cajas nos decidimos por ésta. El tamaño no permite excesivos movimientos y brinda estabilidad en el momento de la frenada. Pero es amplia para que el pueda voltearse, sentarse e incluso echarse y dormir prolongadas siestas.
Many times people tell us that "Fantasma" is too big for that box. But the truth is that despite his 20kg, he is more hair than body. After rehearsing, several boxes we decided for this one. The size does not allow excessive movements and provides stability at the time of braking. But it is wide so that he can turn around, sit down and even lie down and sleep for long naps" | Regranned from @viajandogcolombia
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It’s amazing, the places your feet can take you. ✨ This backpack from @allofustravel is one of my favorites when we travel! I’ve had a lot of backpacks over the years and this one takes the cake for functionality! Lots of pockets, compartments, and zippers for storage; and padding to keep my electronics safe and my back comfortable. I loveeee it! @allofustravel .
PS. Our poor national parks are suffering due to the government shutdown. I don’t want to get all political on here- but God’s beautiful creation needs to be taken care of! Educate yourself on how you can help & LEAVE IT BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT. National parks, and the world in general. That is all. 🤗🙏🏻
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Count your rainbows, not your thunderstorms....🌈🌦
Dat doen we dan maar, in deze grijze verregende januarimaand!😊 #staypositive#crappyweather
Wie telt de dagen ook af tot we weer wat meer naar buiten kunnen zonder die harde wind en regen?🌧🌬🌈☔
Sitting here before bed super grateful to have a warm, beautiful house out in the country. We moved to the country a few months ago, It’s way better than I imagined, it’s pretty magical. I love waking up to the silence and the surmise that paints the sky with pinks and purples. it’s been a long journey and not without it’s hard days, but definitely worth waiting three years to save and prepare. When the moment came to take the leap, we never ever felt quite ready (or prepared), but that’s what makes life exciting ✨🏡
Today, I head back to where it all began. Back to New Zealand, my first ever country, a country and trip that changed the course of my life forever. This photo was taken almost exactly 7 years ago while I was on a bus tour of the north island and South Island, a trip that terrified me at the time. Nobody in my family had ever travelled before, and I was coming off of a big argument with family that it was an irresponsible choice to sell everything and leave. I was told I was being foolish and immature, and I’d come crawling back. Of course at the time I was furious, and we didn’t speak for ages after, but as time has gone on I’ve realized it was the best decision of my life to defy the odds and leave. To chase a dream that was so extraordinary and unbelievable that it caused a rift in the fabric of life that was meant to be my reality and my story. That I could only expect to follow one path. But that wasn’t the case, it wasn’t my path — this was. For some reason, I’m a bit nervous returning to the country that started it all. Why? I don’t know why. But I’m also excited beyond measurement. Looking back at who I was at that point to now, it’s still something that I couldn’t have imagined. But sometimes the unimaginable and unthinkable to others, and even yourself, is possible. But I say sometimes, because it all depends on you making that move and believing in yourself no matter what...even if it disrupts and shakes the very foundations of your life. Today, I board a plane to a place that set in motion the best years of my life, remembering how scary it was to do something so different than the life I had lived until that point. And now, looking back, I couldn’t imagine anything better.
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My favorite drink to order at a coffee shop is always #kopipeng , essentially it’s just cheap roasted coffee bean with condensed milk. It’s quite hard to find a good cup of kopi peng in Sibu, everyone has their preference, but I prefer a cup that is sweet enough with thick coffee taste, it’s not just the coffee, but the sweetness from the condensed milk as well. Like peas and carrots, they compliment each other nicely