$15/hour seems to be the magical number in the US. Working 40 hours per week (if your lucky), 50 weeks a year, with two weeks paid vacation is roughly $30,000/year before taxes. After rent/mortgage, transportation, and food it definitely isn't easy to save big bucks, especially with savings account interest being around 1/10 of a percent. If you're lucky.. HAH! What is so lucky about punching a time card? Filing a space for a certain amount of time to the beat of someone else drum. Did you know the average work week in the Netherlands is 29 hours? By law every country in the EU has a MINIMUM of 4 weeks paid vacation, not to mention holidays. Will monetary compensation ever be ‘enough’? Something to ponder.
Great things happen just beyond our comfort zone. I understand not everyone does the things I do, or enjoys them for that matter. I like to jump out of perfectly good airplanes, wake up int he middle of the night just to march up a mountain to catch sunrise, dive into the deep blue and I don't mind sleeping in a room with 0-20 people (21 is too many). Your comfort zone is relative to your experiences in life. What makes me happy may not make you happy. Do you know what makes you happy? Do you do it everyday? Write down 5 things that make you happy and put it somewhere you can see if every damn day, and do whatever you can to embody that list. Also, post it in the comments section so we can see what makes people fundamentally happy. For me it's exploring foreign cultures through travel, learning new skills, deep thinking/meditation, practicing universal love and sharing my experiences with others (aka you).
While we are on the topic of relatives/relativity... I was the source of some laughter with my relatives this week. You see even while on the other side of the planet, my sister decided to bring me home for the Christmas photos. We are one of those families that opens matching pajamas, or in the case of this year, adidas jump suits, and takes a family photo in them Christmas morning. My mom and sister are always overly excited for Christmas so it happened earlier, since I’m not there to restrain them… pretty soon christmas will be December 1st at our house. Anyways here’s a cardboard cut out of beardless me in my track suit for your enjoyment.
Wishing you all the happiest of Holidays and a healthy and happy end to 2016. You guys have been amazing this year. I am beyond ecstatic to have you along for the journey and thankful for you taking the time to comment, share, and reach out. For those who have graciously donated thank you!! You enable this journey to continue as I try and figure out how to marry a flight attendant who also owns a hotel chain ;). I can’t wait to fill you in on the plans for 2017! In the mean time here is a little video I made to show you what I was up to with the dive school!