23 June 2015

Coming Back to America: New York City

The #SwagVilUSA quest has begun!

Our week in New York City was marked by a lot of relaxing and walking.

18 June 2015

Childfree Series: Identity, Culture, Home

This is the third and final installment of the Childfree series. I hope I don't feel the need to blog about this topic again for at least a decade.

The previous installment (Childfree: 15 Things They've Said) concluded with the line:

Your home is your sacred place, and it's up to you to make your sacred place a happy one. Whether you decide to fill it with people or things or as little as possible - your home will be what you make it!

The most content people in the world have all arrived at the same place. They are comfortable and secure in their identity. They know who they are and how to be that person. Happy people can be found across the entire personality spectrum because being comfortable in one's own skin is an achievable target for anyone.

You have your own individual identity, then you also have an identity for each of your relationships. If your identity is still in process, your decisions are probably influenced by people with a stronger sense of personal identity. Your personal identity and the identity of your relationship with whomever you live with are the key factors in the culture and home life you will create and maintain.

What is our identity as a married couple?

10 June 2015

4. How I Travel: Who To Take?

At this point, we've already talked a lot about How I Travel: When to Plan, Where to Go, and What to Pack. This fourth installment is on Who to Take, and the fifth and final post will be coming up next month!

I know a lot of people may plan who will be going on the vacation first, but I really don't! The only time I really take this into consideration earlier in the process is if I know my husband will be coming with me. I can't throw another person into the mix until after I know my date range and possible destinations.

The two main reasons I don't plan around everyone else are: 1) other people's free time doesn't always match mine, and if I'm always waiting for matching vacation times, nobody will ever get to go anywhere; and 2) I am not very motivated to spend money going somewhere that I'm not really interested in going to - the person who does want to go there deserves to be going with someone who is just as excited about the place as they are.

04 June 2015

My Sacred Week in the Algarve

First of all, I have decided that I want to live in Spain and holiday in Portugal and never leave the Iberian peninsula for the rest of my life. It's the perfect blend of Europe and California and it feels like home.

My cousin, James, and I spent 3 days in Lisbon, 1 week in the Algarve, and 3 days in Cascais. Lisbon is hectic and Cascais is touristy. But the Algarve. The Algarve is my paradise.

31 May 2015

Monthly Musings with Marc - May

Amplify that Gift 

Fresh off the plane and ready to get to work!

Three years ago this month, I had the chance to work with one of my favorite teams of all time, Team Amplify. A group of eight students from Simpson University came to France and made an impact still felt today. Basketball is a tool and these guys went to work.

20 May 2015

Postcards from Portugal

My cousin, James, and I had an epic time under the Portuguese sunshine!

Welcome to #PostcardsFromPortugal! Hope you enjoy these moments, and maybe a postcard will even show up at your door!

(Don't worry, I won't be posting anyone's addresses! But if you see a postcard online for you, and it never comes, I probably don't have your right address!)

Day 1: Dear Parents
Day 2: Dear Sister
Day 3: Dear Mike & Daphne
Day 4: Dear Monique
Day 5: Dear Tom & Ingrid
Day 6: Dear Frendts
Day 7: Dear Grandma Millie & Aunt Denise
Day 8: Dear Tanyas
Day 9: Dear Amanda
Day 10: Dear Alex
Day 11: Dear Jes
Day 12: Dear Diane + Dear Kia
Day 13: Dear Prianos + Dear Rich
Day 14: Dear Families

And the grand finale postcard goes to...
Dear Cousin/Travel Buddy/Driver James!

For all of my Portuguese and Spanish adventures, check out ¡Vamos Juntos! and #ibin2014!

19 May 2015

Podcasting with Fit Across Cultures

I had the wonderful opportunity to meet, befriend, and chat with Susan Salzbrenner of Fit Across Cultures this past year.

If you're an athlete abroad, considering the idea, or a parent of an athlete who wants to keep their dream alive, following Fit Across Cultures will answer so many of your questions and concerns! Susan has dug deep into the professional sports world overseas, and her collection of podcasts reaches far and wide.

Susan's about to come out with her amazing e-book guide to playing abroad, and I'll be sure to give you all the information for that, too! (Check it out! Play Abroad 101: Your Ultimate Guide To Success As An Athlete Abroad.)

If you've ever wondered just how I ended up overseas and wanted to hear it through the real sound of my voice, you can check out our podcast!

Exploring Europe While Playing Pro Volleyball With Christy Swagerty, Episode 33


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