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Posted on Nov 3, 2016 |

Teenage Turmoil & Our Tel Aviv Family Vacation

Teenage Turmoil & Our Tel Aviv Family Vacation

1:47 a.m. ain’t what it used to be. I still love the utter silence, the aloneness, the ability to focus on the only thing making noise in the house- my fingers tapping on the keys. That part of my night-owl-ness I can still connect to. We’re leaving tomorrow for a week-long Israeli road trip and all the doubts of traveling again with my family make swallowing a real endeavor. We found the cutest little Airbnb five minutes walk from the beach. Awesome sponsors ready to make the Tel Aviv portion of the trip beyond kick-ass. Family, friends, and maybe even my long-lost cousins. All real woo-hoo-able. I think it’s the fighting around here lately that is bringing up all my fears and doubts about being in a closed vehicle or closed quarters with my kids. Like it or not, technology and having their own rooms have made our teenage-bursting home life more bearable when the shit hits the fan. Explode and then scatter, each to his own distraction corner....

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Posted on Jun 2, 2016 | 1 comment

Dead Lizards, Gardens, and Being Home in the Sun

Dead Lizards, Gardens, and Being Home in the Sun

So I unsuccessfully tried to sweep up his bleeding body with a dustpan as Ash (cat number 3 1/2) got distracted chewing up the still-thrashing tail. I took the distraction as my chance and screwed that up royally. In my hysterical effort to try and save the dying lizard, I bashed his head into the wall and did succeed in dropping his now limp body onto the what was once our grassy lawn. Oh well. That’s that. I’ve since then mopped the entire house [note bloody remains all over floor in next picture], picked my nose, made organic rice with grapeseed oil and regular rice with canola oil (taste test of health for my family). I’ve cuddled with Kitty Cat (cat number 1) as he ate and listened to Kobi’s conclusions from the article he read about how the body actually sucks minerals out of himself in order to digest white sugar. Earlier, I was pulling out weeds, admiring our broccoli and lettuce (and that glorious huge snail to...

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Posted on Dec 24, 2015 |

The Non-Christmas Revelations of an Un-Traveler- Nomadic Family World Travel at Home

The Non-Christmas Revelations of an Un-Traveler- Nomadic Family World Travel at Home

I’ve ceremoniously peeled off my sweat-drenched clothing four or five times now knowing that this time, this hot shower, this night I am shedding away this sleepless, achy dread and it’s over. It is now time to return to sunshine and energy, exercise and productivity, joyful motherhood and aliveness, living a passion-filled life and being an active creator of a meaningful daily existence, and yet again, no. No. It’s apparently not that time yet for I’m still here learning all that I am meant to from not-healing, not-doing, not-sleeping, not, not, not. I am learning from my ego bowing to What Is, from The Four Agreements that all my long list of those-who-hurt-me is not meant to be taken personally and that I can release them from my soul (one at a beautiful time). As a temporarily single mom (Kobi is healing in India for two months) I’m learning that my kids are amazing and still I am the designated responsible adult that needs to buy groceries and drive...

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Posted on Sep 16, 2015 |

Falling in Love With Finland- Lifetime Lovers of Lapland-Part One

Falling in Love With Finland- Lifetime Lovers of Lapland-Part One

We never know when we’re heading somewhere just how it will be. Usually, if it involves flights way-out-of-the-way-especially-to-this-one-spot or ships (which we are really loving lately!), taxis, rental cars and a lot of moving, in advance, we kind of sigh and know that we’ll have to get through the economic toll and the physical and emotional hardships of transition. (We’re still not, and I don’t think we’ll ever be, smooth-sailors of the transition part). As travel bloggers hoping to get some media passes in Finland, we grew discouraged as the days drew nearer and nearer. We weren’t getting the response we had hoped for and just sighed again and got ready to experience Lapland like normal, everyday traveling family vacationers do. And then, and then, and then, the stars aligned, the fairies danced, the winds conspired and it all just appeared like magic from the benevolent wand of Salla at the Rovaniemi Tourist Board. As our Lapland, Finland time loomed near, we got excited. We hoped it would justify all...

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Posted on Jul 27, 2015 |

Our First Family Travel Cruise Ever!  Sail the Baltic Sea with Tallink Silja

Our First Family Travel Cruise Ever! Sail the Baltic Sea with Tallink Silja

We are feeling so very international and swave now, now that we’ve experienced our first cruise. We just went on a 20-hour Stockholm, Sweden to Riga, Latvia Tallink Silja International Cruise! You see, we’ve been perpetually barefoot, and done the liquified homelessness thing, and we even, even, even did the I Hate This Home, and That One and This One, but always, always, always we dreamed of a cruise ship. And then, and then, we still want our cruises dream. I’ve told you about it, right? I want to spend 6 months of a rtw cruise ship teaching spirituality classes and meditation as part of the entertainment staff. The kids say they are dying to do it, but who knows if 6 months will not sound so hot after a week? I don’t think you can get off the ship once you sign a contract. At any rate, we’re dreaming of an Alaskan cruise, or one off of Chile, no, no, we want cold, anywhere where we can experience...

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Posted on Jul 2, 2015 | 2 comments

Only the Rich Can Afford Long Term Family Travel- The Day Before We Become The Nomadic Family Again

Only the Rich Can Afford Long Term Family Travel- The Day Before We Become The Nomadic Family Again

People usually assume that the money just rains on us, pours over of like crystal lemonade; that we must be very, very rich to have traveled the world for three and half years. Whenever I hear or see a family travel, my first thought is also that they just have a lot of money. Otherwise, they would be back home (like the rest of us) working their butts off to just get by. We’ve written tons about the money issue [check out the Afford Family World Travel category] and how we are not rich [financially] and how we have all of these unreal tricks and secrets we discovered on the road that enable long-term travel. And so, now that we’re three days away from Nomadic Family life, again, we are asked cool things like: Where are you going this summer? What’s the plan? For how long? How in the world do you afford this?  Do Tell. So, here’s the answers plus a few words about what’s up around here...

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Posted on Jun 21, 2015 | 8 comments

Why Traveling with My Family Again Scares the Shit Out of Me- Why Not to Family World Travel

Why Traveling with My Family Again Scares the Shit Out of Me- Why Not to Family World Travel

We hit the road in less than two weeks and I’m not sure that that is a good thing. We were out of our house for three and a half years and discovered a world of beauty, magic, love, and blessing; and also the darker shades of insanity, depression, stuckness, and sweat. We leave for Sweden, Latvia, Finland, and Estonia for the entire summer, and while I’m really happy to be on the road again with my tribe; I’m also really scared. I’ll explain… This morning (again) was tough, as sometimes family life is. Sometimes it’s tough in a closed, cramped vehicle; sometimes it’s tough in the living room; sometimes (often) [lately, usually] the kids can fight (ferociously) and Kobi and I (against our better wise-parent judgement) get entangled in their drama and in the unpredictable storms of shifting hormones/middle school woes/self-esteem messes/adolescent confusion/sibling rivalry and we drown. Well, I’ll speak for myself. I drown. Highly Sensitive Person I am a highly sensitive person. Always have been; most likely,...

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