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What Is My Purpose In Life?


This is a reprint (aka, my notes) of Jacob Sokol @ Sensophy’s awesome blog post of the same nameREAD IT! Copying it here so as not to lose it in the black hole that is my blog favorites.  I am and will continue to work on answering these questions for myself.  It’s a work in progress…

What is my purpose in life?

“Everyone has a purpose in life… a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals.” –Deepak Chopra

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Blog recs


Another week, another chance to stress over everything.


I’m having difficulties dealing with things right now.  I have good days, I have bad days.  Today is one of those days that I’m just going to have to stay in bed and try again tomorrow.

But… I am very thankful to those inspirational bloggers out there.  There are a few, especially, who are responsible for keeping me sane during this difficult transition period of mine.

Shout-outs to:

Chris @ The Art of Non-Conformity

Sally @ Unbrave Girl

Jacob @ Sensophy

Jenny @ Where Is Jenny

That’s just a tip of the iceberg. Check out some of my favorite reading material listed in the BLOGROLL on the right side bar.

Happy Hour? Yes please!


I love happy hour with my little brother!  Well, I love happy hours in general, but even better with awesome company.  🙂

Between the two of us, man, can we talk!  Talk and talk and talk.  About life, the universe, and everything (42!).  My littlest brother, Jon, is going to school for linguistics, and shares my interest in adventure.  I enjoyed sharing some of my ideas on minimalism, hobo-ness, travel, the difficulties of writing (for me), to name a few.

Gotta love the looks you get when you move the beers out of the way and set the netbook up on the bar!  Hey, I had some excellent blogs to show him.  😉

Everyone needs a scarf


OK….March 2nd for realz!

Random thought of the day — scarves.  Who doesn’t love a nice scarf?  🙂

I was watching Samantha Brown this morning (as part of my morning coffee ritual), admiring one of the many scarves she tends to wear on her travels.

I really enjoy her occasional interjections on how scarves are used in other countries.  Traditional use by women and men, decorative uses, practical uses, required uses, and of course the different ways to wrap them.

Scarves are something I like to pick up as souvenirs from countries I visit.   I purposefully don’t bring one with me, so I have the excuse to shop for one when I arrive!  I wear them all the time and love the constant reminder of where it was purchased.  For example:

  • loopy scarf from London (since lost, so sad)
  • silk scarf from Paris
  • sarong in Mexico
  • stripped summery scarf in Chile
  • And from USA,  the beautiful handmade scarves from friends & family!

I love scarves!!  🙂

A shot of me in front of Notre Dame

Minimalism March


It’s the 1st of March! (aka March 2nd)

Yesterday morning I woke up with a brain-child and  announced to my little turtle pillow that March was officially “The Month of Minimalism”!  I was very excited.  I also decided to give myself the highly creative goals of:

  • writing a blog post each day in March, and
  • taking a photo every day (to make my posts that much cooler).

For awhile, I basked in the glow of my new and lovely ideas.  Drank a pot of coffee.  Then promptly distracted myself by cleaning the kitchen, doing the laundry, and other such personal and household chores that I only do when I’m avoiding something.

I’m brilliant that way.

Then I remembered…minimalism!  Right.  Spent the rest of the day working away in my sister’s basement – labeling in-boxes designated for “donations” and “selling”, sorting through items, tearing down recyclables, and generally making a big disaster of it all.

Fun times!

I even went as far as to pull out the camera to see the make & model so I could make an informed reply to a blog post I had read.  And then put it back in it’s oh-so-fashionable camera case without even turning it on.


Which brings me to the 1st of March, part 2.  But that’s okay.  Who’s judging anyway?  I’ll just keep trudging away at this and maybe eventually I’ll get the hang of it.

Here’s a photo to get me started…

Jasper the Travel Gnome visits Air Force Academy in Colorado, USA.

Tia hobo’s it to another hemisphere…


I can use “hobo” as a verb, right?? 😉

It occurred to me that I’ve been hobo-ing around for quite awhile now, and thought I’d jot it down where I’ve been the last year and a half, for posterity’s sake…

Starting 2009 September to present day:

Fort Collins, Colorado, USA – 2009 Sept

Colorado Springs, Colorado – 2009 Sept, Oct

Santiago, Chile (all cities in Chile until further notice) – 2009 Oct

Chillán – 2009 Oct (got a tiny apartamentito & worked at a hostel)

Santiago – 2009 Oct (mini-vacay)

Chillán – 2009 Nov (taught English to school kids)

Temuco – 2009 Nov (cumpleaños de mi tío)

Concepción – 2009 Dec (Playa Punta de Parra, Día de Navidad)

Concepción – 2010 Jan (Año Nuevo)

Santa Lucía – 2010 Jan

Lican Ray – 2010 Jan (family meeting at the lake)



Temuco – 2010 Jan (visit family)

Concepción – 2010 Jan (see my cousin’s new custom-built house)

Lican Ray – 2010 Jan-Feb (summer vacation at the lake)

Chillán – 2010 Feb (8.8 earthquake, 50 miles from epicenter!)

Santiago – 2010 March (7.5 after-quake)

Temuco – 2010 April (cumpleaños de mi prima)


Santiago, Chile

Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA – 17 April 2010

Fort Collins, CO – 2010 May

Denver, CO – 2010 Aug

Colorado Springs, CO – 2010 Dec/Jan (Christmas/New Years w/ family)

Fort Collins, CO – 2011 Jan

Colorado Springs, CO – 2011 Feb

Hello world!


Check me out……I’m going public!! 😉

In this space, I am looking to explore the new direction I am taking in my life. It’s a new lifestyle, the new hobo me (well, sorta new), exploring the world to see where I fit in. This is a huge experiment —– no idea where it will take me.

I am in NO way a writer, so bear with me. This is an outlet to get my thoughts out of my head. No guarantees it will make any sense to you.