Hello, there!

Our names are Amanda & Shawn and we are pleased to invite you on our journey. We challenge you to #growforthand and be adventurous. Buy a ticket to that foreign country you've always wanted to visit, learn how to scuba dive, bathe an elephant, go make friends in unexpected places. This is where we hope to inspire and drive you out of your comfort zone and into your happiest self because we sure have by moving to Chiang Mai.

What's Stopping You from Living your Best Life?

What's Stopping You from Living your Best Life?

What’s stopping you from living your best life? I know there are many things, but what if those things didn’t matter in the end? What are your dreams? Are you making any steps to potentially make it a reality?

Dig deep inside yourself and think about what makes you the happiest. Is it the high paycheck? Of course, that’s the sense of relief, but is that true happiness to you? Is it the job security at the place you dread waking up to go to every morning? Is it human connection? Is it pursuing your passions? Is it travel? 

People say “good thing” you’ve gotten this out of your system while you’re young. Why do we think like that? Why are we trained to think like that? Whenever Shawn and I meet anyone, they are shocked by how young we are. All of them tell us they wish they had started their non corporate life sooner. 

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They are time traveling. We are time traveling. Are we all just time traveling? Time travel can mean something different for everyone. It can be negative and positive. Time traveling can be perceived in a negative way by not living in the moment. By always looking towards the future, and always looking at what is coming next. Before you know it you're your future self and you missed all the little things that are usually the best. Many people can feel like they are time traveling by living in the moment and putting a “pause” that quickly and rationally becomes a “stop” from their old way of living.

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I’m 23 years old and I am living in the moment. That statement sounds reckless, but let me break it down to you. I graduated from my dream university. I decided I needed to see more of the world before settling down at a corporate job in the same state I’ve been living my entire 21 years. I bought a one-way ticket and moved across the world. I found myself a job. I didn’t like that first job, so I found myself another. After starting that job, I also wanted more disposable income for travel, so I found myself a very lucrative part time job. I saved money. I visited home twice, traveled to New Zealand, Australia, Cambodia, and Vietnam (as well as the other 24 countries I've visited in my lifetime). 

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I started another school year teaching a new gifted English program for first graders. I never knew I could enjoy spending time with children this much. They are so inspiring. They show you how easy life is. They are always jumping up and down, they aren’t afraid to dance when everyone is watching, and they love to play with everyone and anyone at any time.

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I’m considered a “foreign teacher.” How cool is that? Living in NYC I always met people from different countries. Now I’m that person in the work setting. I’ve met and befriended people from countries I’ve never even heard of before coming here. I work a full-time job, a part-time job, and a just started my own business, Settle in Abroad. I’m BUSY. There’s something about this busy life that is so different from being busy in America. I’m doing all of these things by choice. Money is not the leading factor in any of these decisions.

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My favorite quote for a while now has always been “Put people in the center of your life and watch your circle grow.” That has never changed. I love people and I have an ever growing very large circle! Every person that you meet has a story worth listening to. Even if you meet them once, you never know where you'll bump into them in another country in the world or even stay at their house! 

I try my best to keep in touch with everyone and I like to say I’m pretty good at it. It’s been hard not being with my lovely family and friends in the US, but technology makes it all easier. Let’s keep living this beautiful life.

Immerse Yourself in Something Bigger

Immerse Yourself in Something Bigger

Vietnam in Three Weeks

Vietnam in Three Weeks