What I've learned (so far) from selling everything to travel the world with my kids and husband:

Control is an illusion. Fear, if you let it, can be a catalyst for courage. Courage opens wonders and moments that are life changing.

Stuff is just stuff. People and human connection are everything. We are all more alike than we think. There are more good people on this earth than there are bad. We are all just trying to figure it out; every country, every culture, every person.

What I want out of an education for my kids is not merely found in school.

Failure and unexpected disappointments are a part of life, especially when taking big risks – so embrace them as teachers.

I am more resilient and capable than I thought.

Traveling, like life, is unpredictable. You make your plans but learn to hold them loosely, be flexible, set a new course, adjust your sails and in the midst of it all, have joy for the adventure.

Travel keeps you from being stagnant and opens your world view to help you focus on what’s most important.

To travel is to discover the world the way it is, not the way you imagine it.

Life is a gift and it should be lived with curiosity, wonder and joy.