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Overcoming Anxiety & Choosing Honesty

Changing Tides

We have been absent for the past two weeks.

Or so it seems.Why? Basically, we’re getting our shit together and I’m doing my best not to crumble.

The month of February has been a bit of an overwhelming one. Our original plan when we left the US in October was to visit Bali and then move to Bangkok and get teaching jobs. We would settle in, save up, and visit as much of this side of the world as possible. After spending a month in Bangkok, we realized it wasn’t the right fit for right now. With no real backup plan other than to keep traveling, we moved to Taiwan. We’ve been rolling with the punches ever since.

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Now, our 90 day Taiwan visa is coming to an end. We need to make some major decisions: either we move somewhere completely new or plan a trip out of the country and return.

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A Kind Proposal (film)

By Jillian

Giving sunflowers to the best mom in the world. Secretly dropping off cupcakes on a friend’s front porch. Handing out flowers to strangers. I can’t get enough of Love Day.

You see, I used to celebrate Valentine’s Day. But something was missing. I saw people around me giving to receive or, worse, expecting just to be given to. For a holiday based around love, I’m not sure I see the love in that.

For those that give with love as the core intention, you might notice the day comes and goes as fast as chocolate candies. The 14th is always packed with heart emoticons, red glitter, and smiles. We share meals with each other instead of with the tv and plan a girls night out that wouldn’t happen otherwise. It’s really quite beautiful.

But what about the 15th? The 16th? By this time, we’re sick of chewy caramel candy hearts and we just can’t seem to get rid of that damn glitter fast enough. Everyone’s back to the daily routine and we find ourselves focusing on the cold and the miserable.

What happened to the love?

Several years ago, I read Jerry Spinelli’s Stargirl. If you’re not familiar, it’s about a nonconformist teen who is committed to helping others through acts of kindness, such as giving notes with positive messages to strangers. Often times, she gives anonymously without expecting recognition for her generosity. Stargirl is truly a kind soul who emulates nothing short of love.

But Stargirl doesn’t just love on one day. She loves every day.

Today is a holiday surrounding love, which is why I’ve given it a new name: Love Day. I don’t need a Valentine to celebrate love. All I need is a little kindness.

With a nod to Stargirl, I’m dedicating this Love Day to a new beginning of spreading kindness to everyone in my life – from the barista at 7-11 who remembers my coffee order every afternoon to a man walking his dog next to me at the park. Even if it’s just with one flower.

Eric and I set out on our flower frenzy to brighten someone else’s day. And while I hope that we did that, as we were gleefully biking home I realized: my day was unexpectedly brightened in return.

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Looking Into the Future With Our Blog

Startled awake by a rattling window, I open my eyes to see darkness. The bangs shatter out again and, this time, I hear deafening gun shots.

I vault out from the comforter, gracefully slamming my knee into the wall in the process. It must be, like, four am, I think, grabbing my knee with one hand and rubbing my eye with the other. Not cool, gun wielders. 

Wait. Gun shots? In Tainan? At 4 am? Okay, the 4 am part makes sense. That’s when I see it: a flash explode into the dark night. Suddenly, I realize it wasn’t gun shots that woke me; it was fireworks!

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Texture photo walk through Tainan

It’s refreshing to take a step back from the computer and just step outside. Sometimes the best inspiration comes in the simplest forms, like a dandelion growing out of a sidewalk crack. For me, this week, it was textures. Here’s what I found while walking near the Confucius Temple in Tainan this week.

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Here’s to looking at you, 2013.

We’re still in the holiday spirit over here at the Road To Here Blog. So here’s a Cheers! to 2013 with this short film on Christmas in Taipei followed by our ode to 2013 in photographs:

A review of 2013 in photographs below.

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How to Cook A Delicious, Budget Meal for Two

Eating on a budget doesn’t always have to mean sacrifice. Sure, if you’re saving up at home, eating ramen is super cheap. If you’re on the road, eating locally is fun & usually the most inexpensive (a meal for street food in Thailand can be $1-3). But, hey, sometimes we all need a little change.

After two months on the road in south east Asia, I’m craving for some. It’s been a bumpy road adjusting to street food and, quite frankly, I miss cheese. SO! I want to share with you a ridiculously simple recipe that will stretch beyond one meal for two (maybe even three meals!) and is simply divine: My Little Spaghetti Dish

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