Sunday, August 16, 2015

Be Grateful! Someone is happy with less than you have

When we were on our trip in Asia, we met a lot of people who come from humble means. I remember one man in Cambodia in particular. We were driving down the road with him and chatting, and he pointed at a house that would be considered very small in America. He pointed at it with the biggest smile on his face and exclaimed: "Of all the homes in the world, that is my dream house!". He was so happy looking at it and told us how gorgeous it was. He explained that it was so expensive, there was no way that he could ever afford such a house. We asked him how much it was, and he told us a number that was so little, you couldn't even find a house in America for that cheap. It really put things in to perspective for us.

It really made me realize that it's easy to live in our own little "bubble" if you will. We get so caught up in our own lives, that we forget there are billions of people out there. And when we feel sad, or down about something, we should try to put things into perspective. There are people out there who are more grateful and happier with their lives that have less.

And that's the thought I kept having come to my mind. That someone with less is more grateful than me. And someone with less is happier than me. It made me realize that I need to be more grateful for all of the little things in my life that I often take for granted.

The sweet thing about this Cambodian man was that he saved all of his money working so that he could go back to his home village where he grew up and build a well for the community so they could have clean water. Here was a man that didn't have much, and yet he gave all that he had to help others have clean water. And he was happy. It was so inspiring to hear. 

"Do you have clean running water? Do you have a roof over your head? Do you have food to eat? Do you have access to books, or information online? If so, consider yourself lucky. Because more than a billion people on this planet do not have those things. Being genuinely grateful opens your heart and mind to new possibilities. Look at what you can do with what you have now." -Marie Forleo

The best thing to have in life is a grateful heart. Life is a gift! And everything around you and all that you have is a beautiful gift from God. Remember to be grateful and appreciate what you have. The more grateful you are, the happier you will be.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Cambodia Part 1: Small Tour

I honestly didn't know much about Cambodia or Angkor Wat until we starting planning this trip, and it turned out to be one of our favorite places. I can't believe it's not talked about or visited more! The food was so delicious, the people were humble & kind, and the temples were incredible. I definitely have to go back in the future and encourage everyone to see this place sometime in their life :)

We spent two full days there walking around the temples. The first day we saw the temples on the "Small Tour" and the second day we saw most of the temples on the "Grand Tour" (this post includes everything on the small tour, you can see the Grand Tour here). Through our hotel, we arranged to have a private tuk tuk driver and english speaking guide take us around all day. It was worth it because we were able to learn lots and see things on our own time (not like a big tour group where you can't be flexible).

First up, our driver and guide took us to see Angkor Wat, which is the largest temple of them all. And boy, it is HUGE. We spent several hours there exploring around.

I love how the temple walls have faded over the years into so many different shades and colors. It's really pretty.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Lake Winni Weekend Video

We had a lot of fun with our friends at Lake Winnipesaukee this weekend! It was my first time in New Hampshire and I loved it. We were there to hang out with Scott and Shawna before they get married this week. Dallin made this little video from the weekend, enjoy :)


Cambodia Part 2: Grand Tour

On our second day in Cambodia, we explored most of the temples on the "Grand Tour" ("Small Tour temples are here). But before doing so, we went back first thing in the morning to the Bayon Temple to cross off a bucket list item of mine: to ride an elephant!

We rode the elephant around the Bayon, the temple with the faces everywhere. Even though it was a quick short ride, we had a lot of fun!

I thought the elephants looked so cool up close...they are just such big animals!


Saturday, August 8, 2015

Cambodia Part 3

We had so much fun in Cambodia! The majority of our time we spent there was exploring the temples (the temples in the Small Tour are here and the temples in the Grand Tour are here). But, we also did a few other things in Cambodia besides Angkor Wat.

One night, we went into the town night market to get a fish foot massage. We went to this place that I think was called Bodia Spa. We had never done this before and it was hilarious, it seriously feels so weird! We were laughing the whole time. Dallin could barely keep his feet in the water because he is so ticklish. I had to hold his legs in! 

Everyone needs to do this at least once. It only cost like a dollar each and you can stay as long as you want. They had four different tanks of fish, so we tried them all out.

After the fish foot massage, we hoped back into our tuk tuk to drive down the street to go eat dinner. This guy was our driver every day we were in Cambodia & we loved him!

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