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Side Hustlin' and Big Dreamin'

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We built a photobooth business 2 years ago, while planning our 230+ person wedding, while working full time corporate jobs and flying up occasionally to the field. Talk about taking on too much? Despite the stress, I look back and can't seem to do enough. Life is short, simply put. It's been a transformational time. In a span of 1 year, I had discovered my friend's dead body at her apartment from an unknown heart condition on a Wednesday evening. That night, I called the police and spent 2 hours talking to emergency to figure out what happened, and tried to get in contact with her sons. Kevin's mom discovered she had cancer and had to get surgery as well as undergo chemotherapy treatments to clear the tumerous cells. A separate tragic and completely unexpected death occured in the family caused by a fiery car accident on the Alberta to Saskatchewan highway. This is why I really can't be bothered to care about other people's judgement. We need to do what we have

Planning for Around the World - Skillshare

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It's been a wild year. This has been both a destructive and transformational time. We went from travelling and planning on the go for our year long trip from last fall, to social distancing and deciding whether or not we should continue because of a global pandemic.  Despite the setbacks and pivots from our original plan, we refuse to place blame or sulk that our trip was disrupted. From another perspective, this event has forced us to strip back and simplify. It's given us time to chill, think, and evaluate priorities in a world that was so... "busy".  These are the three things I've leaned into hard since early this year: 1. learning online 2. establishing productive sustainable morning habits 3. building up my skillset and mindset I want to focus on item number 1 here today - learning online. It doesn't take a genius to notice that this realm has truly BLOWN UP. With everyone stuck at home, coupled with only their computer and phone screens to access the ou

Adventure Series: Malaysia - First Stop of our Round the World Trip

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Being a voracious and slightly obsessed reader of travel blogs and destination information, I thought I'd start sharing some of the tips and experiences we had, and to summarize what we did during our stays in these beautiful countries. The aim is to give some useful information regarding places to stay, where to eat, and general cost. The engineer in me is quite obsessed with optimizing value and applying my (maybe tad unhealthy) drive for data to find the best restaurant/accommodation/activity, and this applies even when we travel. Hopefully these summaries might come in helpful for anyone looking to do something similar or check out places that I thought were worth a mention. Our travelling style is a mix of slowly exploring popular local recommendations, using local transportation to get around (train/ bus), and eating foods that are not only delicious but also are great value. The most important factor in this trip is that we have the flexibility to plan and change things to

The First Day Of So Much More

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Now that we've been into our travels about for a couple months and things have settled somewhat and we've got a little more used to the new way of our lives. I thought it would be nice to share some of the thoughts and feelings that I had going through the last day of work after I had put in my notice. For anyone contemplating a big move or change, I would be curious to know what it felt like for you or to share in the comments below. ..... New Beginnings and Paths I had been looking forward to the day for over a year having decided to leave on this trip back around the time Kim and I were about to tie the knot. All that anticipation of freedom, awesomeness, and double rainbows had come to an end and I was finally granted what I wished for. I had reached the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, so it took me by surprise when I didn't feel the way I thought I might feel. I felt a cocktail of emotions when I woke up that next day knowing that

Why and How - Planning for a Yearlong Adventure Around the World

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Dreaming: Haven't you had a dream you'd always wanted to do for so long, that the thought of it was almost all-consuming, yet there was no way in hell that you could ever think it would happen? Not only was it so far out of reach mentally, for years you didn't even know how to put into words or express what it was that you wanted. That's what it was like for me - this yearning, this internal desire to travel for an indefinite amount of time, without the restrictions of a prescribed time range. The world was this vast expanse of wonders, delights, and fearsome sights that I couldn't even begin to comprehend, and knew that I was just a teeny tiny part of, but wanted to see and explore to deep depths. For a while, right after graduating university, we threw ourselves into the race of graduating, finding a job, and putting that good engineering degree to use. We checked off all the right boxes alright - high paying desirable job secured, good work ethic reap

Another Travel Blog - CBC Intro

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Welcome to our blog! This is a little something we're planning to keep up during our travels over the next number of months. We've named our blog courage beyond corporate as a play on another three letter acronym that we share a strong connection with - I'll let you figure that out and no it's not Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. We've gone full millennial AKA went and quit our jobs (sort of... at least one of us has) to go pursue this adventure. We'd like to think of ourselves as normal people that struggled with a lot of similar problems. It was a really big leap for us to step outside of our comfort zone and try something different. There were a lot of nudges along the way that got us to this point and hopefully you can follow us along on our journey of fun, adventure, and growth. For those of you who don't know us, Kim and I are engineers that were working in the oil and gas sector in Calgary, Canada. We've been in the industry for about