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Exiting Normal

Roughing Out the Smooth Edges Through Travel

Even though you have a good life, do you ever find yourself feeling like something is missing? A friend (let’s call her Sheila) once told me about how she and her husband worked jobs they loved and made good money. But they felt like they never got to see their kids, except for a couple of brief hours in the…

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Yes, You Can Become the Person You Were Meant to Be

We’ve all faced times in our lives when we were sailing above the clouds. That first few weeks of falling in love. Or that moment we first cradled our newborn baby in our arms. All those days that seemed to go right–we hit all the green lights, the spouse was in a good mood, the grilled cheese sandwiches didn’t burn….

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Exiting Normal

27 Strategies for Figuring Out Your Own Normal

The society we live in shapes what “normal” is through shared customs, advertising, the media, social media, consumer experiences, and communication with other people from the culture. If we live in a society, we’re likely to follow right along with its version of “normal.” That’s okay, if the culture is healthy and, by following the shared habits and customs, we…

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Keep Salting Your Life

I once heard a talk by a Catholic priest in Florida, when we were visiting a local church there. This guy was just about one of the liveliest men I’d ever heard speak. When he laughed at his own jokes, every one of his listeners belly laughed right along with him, tears streaking out of our eyes at his humor. Thinking…

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Camping at Wal-Mart

When I say I’m exiting normal, I mean that I am consciously steering clear from those parts of modern culture that are hard to take. I happen to think modern culture has produced quite a number of benefits effects worth celebrating. iPads, for instance. Netflix. The rear back-up camera in our truck. Crowdsourcing. And that cheerful scrappiness lots of people…

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