About

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

In Nepal, November 2010, when I became the thirdeyemom and started this blog.

I am a writer, blogger, and social good advocate living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and two children. A world wanderer at heart, I have been fortunate to have visited over 30 countries by either traveling, working, studying or volunteering.

A graduate of French and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin Madison, I have always been a Midwest gal living in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Chicago. I also had the opportunity to live in Paris and Marseille attending the University of Sorbonne and doing an internship with a french company. I love to be outside doing anything athletic (hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing or simply enjoying nature), to travel and volunteer abroad, to write, and to spend time with my beloved family and friends.

My dream is to teach my children to live compassionately, open-minded lives that understand different cultures and the importance of giving back to those in need. I believe strongly in the value of making a difference in the world, no matter how small it may be. If there is a will, there is a way, and that anything is possible (as long as you set your heart and mind to it!).

I also believe strongly in viewing the world and other cultures with a “third-eye” meaning with an open heart and mind, and always seeking understanding of the world. If you don’t travel through life and the world with a third eye, what will you see or understand?

My latest ventures involve advocating for the UN Foundation Shot@Life (a program that provides vaccines to children in developing countries), RESULTS (grassroots organization to end global poverty) and ONE as a ONE Moms Community Partner.  I also am a proud member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good and the Global Team of 200, a group of women bloggers destined to change the world through our voice spreading awareness on issues such as global health, access to safe drinking water and sanitation, food security and education in the developing world. My proudest accomplishment: I have successfully raised money to help build two reading centers in rural Nepal.

I am also an editor of Human Rights and Social Good at World Moms Blog. My work has also been published on Huffington Post – Global MotherhoodElephant Journal , Broken Light Photography and Open Salon. Besides thirdeyemom, I also have a travel photography blog called thethirdeyeworld.

Please feel free to drop me a line! Comments are always welcome and appreciated!

Contact:

Email: thirdeyemom@yahoo.com

Twitter: @thirdeyemom

http://www.facebook/thirdeyemom

Instagram: @thirdeyemom

261 comments

  1. I’ve read all your blog and love it because it’s not just about you and your trip but is truly informative. Your himalaya photos are stunning! Thank you for sharing and I can’t wait for the next post!

    • Thank you! It was such a life changing trip that it is hard to grasp and write about. So I’m trying my best! I have a few more entries to make on my Nepal trip and then hope to write more about some other recent trips that were important…volunteering in Costa Rica and some time spent in Argentina.
      I’m glad you enjoy everything! :)

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    • Actually, I was born and raised in MN, then went to UW-Madison where I met my husband. We lived in Chicago in our twenties and moved back here 11 yrs ago to start a new job. I hated the idea of moving back here since many people never ever leave MN (something like 80% stay!). Yet, I moved to the city (I grew up in the suburbs), had a family and I actually love living here now. There are four lakes with over 20 miles of running and biking paths right outside my door, over 13,000 lakes in the state, lots of great restaurants and now after all these years MN is getting more diverse with one of the largest Somali populations in the country. In an ideal world, I’d love to live abroad or in a big city, but for having a 4 and 6 yrd old, it is really a great place to live with enough excitement and outdoor nature to keep me going. It helps that I run year round and also ski and snow shoe. I am sure SD is nice too! Everyone who says the midwest is flyover land must never have been here, huh!

  3. Hi! I just discovered your blog from FP. It is great and I love the name and meaning behind it. I feel the same way about travel and experiencing the world. I was drawn in by your post on Mt. Fitz Roy. Several years ago we traveled to Patagonia to Torres Del Paine and were then headed to Mt. Fitz Roy. However, due to unusually bad weather we had to be rescued out of Torres and did not make it to Fitz Roy. Anyway, it was a memorable trip as the name of the Mt. we were planning to explore stuck with me all this time. I too, have finally started a blog and hope to accomplish related goals although on an entirely different topic. From reading the account of what you’ve done before starting the blog, I can relate to many of those experiences as well but now hope to put my passion out there with an inspiring blog. Oh, one more thing…just returned from a trip to Costa Rica (Drake Bay area) and it was amazing. Looks like you have been to the country as well. I look forward to reading more of thirdeyemom.

    • Thank you! I’ve been wanting to write one for a long time. After over twenty years of journaling and sending out long winded Shutterfly albums of my trips, I decided to go for it. It has been very rewarding because it attracts people who are like-minded and I’ve really enjoyed reading other people’s blogs and sharing experiences. I just subscribed to your blog (I love to garden too but am no good!) so I look forward to reading what you are writing as well. As for your trip, I wonder if you loved Torres del Paine as much as I did. It was my husband and my last real adventurous trip together before we had kids. Now I do most of my hiking trips with my father as it is nice to have a parent home with the little ones. AS for Costa Rica, did you write about this trip on your blog? Another wonderful place!

  4. Hi, I just discovered your blog from the Cross Cultural Solutions facebook page! I agree with others, your blog is great because your writing is about you, but, also about your travels.

    Your writing is fantastic, and your blog is interesting.

    I’m going to New Delhi in the next couple of weeks and will be there for four days before I go on the the CCS Dharamshala program.

    I look forward to reading more of your blog!!

    ~Donna Gisi

    • Wow! That is great you are going on the India CCS program! How exciting! Are you going to write about it? I’d love to hear about what the program is like there. I am not at all done with volunteering abroad. It is an amazing, life changing experience so enjoy every minute of it, even the hard stuff. India is an amazing place. Probably the craziest place I’ve ever been so far but it is amazing in itself. What a fabulous opportunity for you! If you keep a blog, let me know! Thanks for writing!

  5. Thank you for the visit. Nice to hear from your again. I always enjoy following your travel journeys around the world. the Iceland series is a blast. How do I send the postcard to thirdeyworld? Is that under wordpress. I’m kind of new with blogging and computer stuff. have a blessed, fun day.

  6. Love your blog’s new look and how you’ve arranged your content re: categories etc. I plan to spend some time delving into the archives! :-) You’ve travelled in a lot of the places I’ve always wanted to go to.

  7. Thanks so much. Of course I got the idea from your amazing post on themes. I think this theme is much better as the words are larger and you can actually read it. I’m not sure whether or not the pictures look less sharp. Maybe it is because they are bigger and you can tell that I’m using my digital camera now! I’m working on learning to use my husband’s Cannon Rebel which over time will hopefully improve my pics. Thanks again for all your ideas! Your site is amazing! :)

  8. Thank you for the comment /visit. It’s always a pleasure to read your inspiring thoughts. Post a day challenge is under daily post( I think I have it in one of my links). It also has a post a week and a weekly photo challenge. it’s a great way to meet new bloggers. It’s fun too. i’m part of the weekly post/photo. I can’t do the daily one. Try it. I’d love to see you be a part of it. God bless you and your family.

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  10. Hi! I didn’t know that you studied French! Quelle bonne surprise! I studied French for a year and a half at the French Cultural Center when I was in college. But now it’s kind of rusty :) However I still love the language and really love watching French movies (partly in order not to completely forget some words).

  11. Hello Third-eye Mom–
    Thought I should say hello–similar philosophies I think, and while I just became a full time mom and world traveler 18 months ago, it has been the most awesome thing in my life! Keep on blogging…

    Best,
    Suzanne

  12. Hi there–I nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award–don’t really know what this means, but I guess we’ll find out. Your blog is beautiful. Love the message. Keep up the traveling and writing.

    Happy Thanksgiving,
    Suzanne

    • Hi Suzanne!

      Thanks so much for the nomination! I truly appreciate it! I also appreciate your kind words so thank you! I actually have already done the Versatile Blogger Award before, probably about a month ago, before you were reading my blog. So I will go ahead and let the others you nominated pass the torch along! Thanks again!!!!

  13. Hey Thirdeyemom,
    I just saw that you subscribed to my blog. Thanks for stopping by; I look forward to seeing your comments and suggestions. Looks like you have a very nice blog here with some great photos and stories.
    Huffygirl

  14. candicepeak

    Just came across your blog. I went to Wisconsin-Madison too! I just graduated last December and I miss being there so much! I am looking forward to reading more posts from you!

    • Great! A fellow Badger! I met my husband at Madison so we both go way back there. For us, its been awhile as I graduated in 1994! But my husband goes to badger games every fall with the guys. All our UW friends ended up in Chicago where we used to live too and I miss them. Thanks for reading!

  15. Hi Nicole,

    I noticed a comment you made on someones blog about using Open Salon. I have joined up, but am having some troubles. Maybe you can help. I’ve submitted my RSS feed so that new posts are automatically sent to OS, however, I’ve just noticed that OS is only displaying the headline of the post, and no content. I looked at your page on OS and you don’t seem to be having that problem. What am I doing wrong? Thank you in advance.

    Jennifer

    • Hi Jennifer:

      Yes, i believe I told Debra about it. Hmm…that is interesting. All I did was set up the RSS feed from WordPress and it worked. Maybe you could email Open Salon to see if they know what is going on. I would think they may have a help/contact email/support group like WordPress. Otherwise, my only other thought may be to delete your account and try again. But I would first try contacting them since i didn’t have that problem. It runs really smoothly and in fact, I hardly even look at it. Let me know if you need any more help. Another blog friend of mine told me about it first so she may know more. Another good site to blog on is called Elephant Journal. It gets over 170,000 hits a month! It is like an online newpaper of a wide variety of blogs. I am reposting some of my past posts. You can contact the editor there to see if you are a good fit. It has helped my blog a lot too! Nicole

  16. Stumbled across your blog via Bama’s site (What an Amazing World!) and I’ve just spent a good couple of hours reading through all your posts on China. Each one is hugely insightful and I’m blown away by how much you got out of the trip. China is not an easy place to love – especially for first-timers – and you coped really well with the extreme cultural differences. I’ll always remember the last time I crossed a main road in Shanghai, the pedestrian signal was green but we still had to thread our way through the oncoming traffic, big buses and all! I am heading up to Beijing next week, it will be interesting to see how it is under sub-zero temperatures. Hopefully there will be less smog this time around.

    Next time see if you can drop by Hong Kong – it feels vastly different from both Beijing and Shanghai and at least you won’t get run over while crossing the street!

    • Wow, thank you for such a nice compliment! I am so happy that you enjoyed my posts! Make sure you spend time in the Hutongs in Beijing. That was my favorite part! I would love to go to Hong Kong. Hopefully someday! If you write some posts on China when you return, let me know. I’d love to read them! Thanks for reading! Have fun in Beijing.

    • Thank you so much Ashely! That is so kind of you! I was actually nominated awhile back and did a post on this (it may have been six months ago). I’m wondering if there is a way I can just skip the part on me and nominate some new blogs that I’ve discovered. Let me think about this….Thanks again for reading! :)

    • Hola Lico! I’m back now. I am not sure why you can’t find me on FB. You can look at the front page of this website and “like” my fb page. Or else you can send me your fb name again and I will look you up. Let me know. Hope the volcano is doing well!

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  18. Hi, thanks for the follow over on my blog today…and it is great to meet you. I really look forward to looking through your blog, and all of your travel adventures. Now that our kids are grown and out on their own, my husband and I need to start planning a little more travel. Volunteering seems like a great way to do it.

    • Wonderful! I highly recommend volunteering. I’ve done it three times always by myself and it has been some of the best trips I’ve ever made. If you want any recommendations ever, let me know. There are endless opportunities! Looking forward to reading more of you blog!!

    • Oh….you are so kind!!!!! I feel thrilled as it has been the third time in a month! :) Must be doing something right I guess! Let me think if there is another way to do this so it isn’t just me talking about myself. Maybe a way to turn it around again like my Morning Blogs and Cup of Joe post. Thank you so much! I am so glad I found your blog as I really really love it!!!!!! :) Nicole

      • Such a sweet girl:) I like your suggestion about putting the emphasis on your immunisation campaign – especially as you have the power of three network circles …Go for it Nicole.

    • I know…maybe I can think of a way to nominate different advocacy/charity related blogs? Anything to help promote Shot@Life and other great ways of helping others. Thank you so much! If I get more views, then more people will learn about Shot@Life!!!! :)

    • Thank you so much for this! I am also enjoying your blog as well! I will try to work on this in the next few days! Hoping you can inspire me to do something different in my backyard this summer! Thanks again! :) Nicole

  19. I just came across your blog after searching for CCS & Morocco since I plan on volunteering this winter starting Dec 22nd. I really enjoyed what you wrote. I’ll review your posts about Morocco again.

    Did you fundraise or pay out of pocket for your program? I paid the first time I did a program, Salvador, but this time I’m fundraising. I’ve started a blog too trying to get the word out a bit more.

    http://volunteerforgoodblog.wordpress.com/

    Any help you can give with getting my blog out there to more people I would appreciate since I need more sponsors and people to read and view the site.

    • Cool! Have you written about your experience in Salvador? I just had a chance to look briefly at your blog but wasn’t sure. If you have some kind of guest post, I could always run it on my blog. It would be cool to have something about your work in Salvador with CCS. I’d be happy to post it!

      As for raising money, I paid for both programs on my own. However, I’ve done a ton of fundraising for other things such as building a school in Nepal and for global vaccinations. You can find these stories on my blog. Go to bottom of blog, search under “Social Good” or “Hands in Nepal” or “Read Nepal” or go to the PAGES on top for Nepal and “Shot@Life”. Those tell you have I raised money. (Was able to raise $10,000 for Nepal through basic fundraising strategies). I also highly recommend starting a CROWDRISE page. It is awesome and I use it for Shot@Life. You can send updates to your friends on FB or Twitter. It is really helpful. Anyway, if you want to contact me directly go to: thirdeyemom@yahoo.com. Good luck! you’ll love Rabat! Nicole

      • Hi Nicole. I replied back to you using my Hotmail account just so you know in case you may have missed it. I want to get as much help and advice from you as I possibly can.

  20. I came across your blog while looking at another blog. You have an amazing blog and I look forward to receiving your future blogs. I was born and raised in Northern Minnesota on the shores of Lake Superior (Grand Marais was my home town). Thanks for bringing back wonderful memories.
    Maralee
    throughmylens365.wordpress.com

    • Wonderful! I can’t wait to see it Angeline! I have a huge backlog of emails and posts to read but will definitely read it soon! :) Thanks for the kind words. We are all such a great community, us WP bloggers! :)

  21. I lived in Nepal for a year, my wife just happened to be in Nepal at the same time. We did not know that when we were in Nepal and figured it out later. We have tried to travel as much as we can with our kids, Mexico, New Zealand, France, Iceland, Belize and Guatemala and many US states. As the kids get older the trips seem to be around their schedules and not their parents. Nepal holds a special place in my heart and I love to hear others having good experiences in Nepal. I love reading your blog, keep up the good work!

    • Wow, how did you find my blog? How awesome that you spent an entire year in Nepal! I truly want to go back. It also looks like we’ve bee to a lot of similar places on your above list.
      We haven’t brought our kids anywhere exotic yet. Normally it is just me traveling alone or with my dad on our hiking trips. My kids are still young (5 and 7) yet I hope we can take them somewhere really different in a few years. I grew up traveling and it really changed my life. The more I see, the more I want to see and the more I want to help and give back. I know I’ll return to Nepal. :) Thanks for stopping by! Nicole

      • yoslater

        I think everyone should travel more, it gives us all such a better perspective on life. One of our finest memories is Christmas in Mexico. It was a huge parade and carnival and they were tossing out presents left and right. As we walked back to the hotel and passed families sleeping in the streets my oldest daughter who was about 5 at the time handed out all her presents to the families in the street. Totally unsolicited on our part, she just did it and got the point of giving. Now that she is 16 I feel she lost it all! haha
        I found your blog searching for blogs in Minneapolis that had similar interests in mine, travel (your cover picture in Nepal was the give away), kids etc…
        I look forward to reading more blog posts! Slater

      • Thanks for your comment Slater! Yes I totally agree. If we can afford to bring our kids abroad like my parents did with us, then I truly plan to do so. That is really a wonderful story about your daughter. Maybe it is time to bring her on another trip! :)

  22. Congratulations, I´ve nominated you for the “Family of Bloggers Award”, to see what is involved check out my blog. If you choose not to accept the award I will not be offended, I just wanted to show how much I enjoy reading your blog and also to say thank you for your support and encouragement! Have a great day,G :)

  23. Nicole (a/k/a thirdeyemom) — I have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger” Award. Congratulations! Do not feel obligated to pass it on, but know that you are appreciated! If you want to pay it forward to some of the blogs you appreciate, the “rules” (I like to use the term loosely) of the award are contained in my post: http://travelgardeneat.com/2012/09/30/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ . . . thank you for helping to make the blogosphere a more beautiful place! ~ Kat

    • You are so incredibly kind! Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it and congrats to you as well on receiving the award. I enjoy you blog as well! :) AS for the award, I have done this one before so I will let your other fabulous bloggers join in the fun! Thanks again! Very nice of you to think of me!

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    • Thank you so much! Also congratulations to you! :) I really appreciate it! :) I have already done this award though so I’m going to let some of the others blogs you’ve nominated take over! :) Thanks again for thinking of me!

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  30. Hi there! This is just to let you know that because I enjoy your posts and comments, I’ve nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. I hope you’ll consider this good news – but even if you aren’t interested in accepting, I hope you may see some increased traffic as a result! The acceptance rules are at: http://wp.me/p2ekZU-ZC. All the best!

  31. Your blog is awesome. I am a stay at home mom to a 5 month old and I just started blogging about our travels. It feels good to know there are other moms out there working from home and going towards their dream. You are doing good work and I look forward to reading your blog!

  32. What a gorgeous photo, linteresting story and blog. I look forward to following you and read more about your travels.
    Greetings from the Far North
    Dina

    • Hi there! I actually have gone to one of your presentations before and know a bit about your organization as I’ve volunteered twice with Cross-Cultural Solutions. I would love to volunteer sometime with Global Volunteers as well. It just never fit into my schedule! :) Do you write a blog on Global Volunteers? How did you find mine? Really cool! :)
      Nicole

  33. Nicole: We have several blogs on our website: http://www.globalvolunteers.org. Our staff and volunteers around the world post daily reflections from their service programs. We’ll be migrating them to WordPress early next year. I believe your blog came up in one of my recent searches….I’ve been traveling so much lately, I don’t recall what I was searching for at the time. Sorry! Michele

  34. arjun bagga

    Thirdeyemom, You are truly inspirational! Very soon when I post my poem “Ladakh” , I will re-visit to offer you my gratitude.

  35. You are an amazing woman Nicole and I’m still confident that our meeting at the Social Good Conference was for a greater reason than a photo op…. Let’s do a project together soon. :-)
    Eliz

    • Oh Eliz. What kind words! I think you are inspiring and amazing! I hope we meet again! I’m for sure coming to the SG Summit again as I was so inspired by it. So we will have to make time to spend time together! :)

  36. I hope we’ll see you & your family when C.R.E.E.R is finally set up; with your French & compassion I think you could really enlighten some trafficked children!

    The door will always be open to you!

  37. Hi,
    You have a really nice blog and u have powerful blog name too..I am from India but i had never got a chance to visit Himalayas.I am always longing to travel.You are lucky that you have visited 30 countries.I think it might be a great experience for you to explore different countries culture .Besides that,you are a great mom:)Looking forward to read more of your posts:)

    • Thanks so much for the nice comment! I’m actually headed back to India in May for some social good work and journalism on Indian NGOs primarily in maternal health. I can hardly wait!

    • Wow, thank you so much! I truly appreciate it! :) I have actually already done this award so I’ll let some of the other wonderful bloggers you nominated pass the torch. Very thoughtful of you to think of me. Thanks again! :) Nicole

  38. Hi, Nicole! I think I figured it out on the appearance of FB like, pictures for recent posts/popular posts, etc. on my blog posts. These are widgets in my “Sidebar” (Under “Appearance”, then “Widgets”–and drag individual widgets into the Sidebar, on right side of the screen, then make adjustments on how you want each fidget to appear (e.g., cover picture for recent/popular post; show number of FB likes). In mobile view, the sidebar is moved to the bottom of each post. That happened automatically, a specification of my Theme, I think. I hope this makes sense! – Daniya

    This to your question: “When I look at my posts in mobile format it just has the like button, share and comments. But at the end of your posts in my mobile, it has the FB like and then what I like even better is the little pictures that go with each post (recent post, popular post) that you can click on. Maybe it is your theme too? Anyway….if you know that is great but don’t worry if it is hard to figure out. :) Nicole”

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    • Oh that is so incredibly kind of you! :) I am so glad you like my blog. I have actually already done this award (another thoughtful blogger had nominated me) so I will pass the baton on to all the other wonderful bloggers you nominated. Thanks again! :) Nicole

  40. Hello! Lovely that you have traveled so much and your children have the opportunity to experience different cultures. Having traveled and lived many years in India, am always encouraging people (especially Americans) to go and visit different countries…open-up that Third Eye! All the best….namaste….kai

    • Thanks! Yes I am fortunate that I’ve been able to travel so much and I hope to be able to bring the kids along someday too! :) It is so important to open your eyes to the world and not live in a bubble!

  41. It’s amazing the way you are teaching your children to live and I passionately believe we can all make a difference in little ways as well. I look forward to reading more of your journeys.

    • Thank you so much! I really appreciate you thinking about me and my blog! I will take a look at this when I get back home as I’m traveling this week in India. Thanks so much again for nominating me! I appreciate it!

  42. I’ve been checking out blogs on wordpress to get some ideas on how to start my own. I came across yours and I couldn’t stop myself from reading on! Really awesome stuff! Man, I wish I could find myself a partner like you. Haha! EIther way, thanks for the inspiration and keep up the great work! :)

  43. Namaste!
    I have been following your blog for quite some time, and I thought I would let you know what an inspiration you are to me. Most recently I have been ‘struck’ by your post “In the Background: Life in a Delhi Slum”. Hopefully someday I might be as brave as you and venture forth from my little corner of the world (central Oklahoma) to explore the world at large!
    These days I am studying New Media Journalism at Full Sail University, and now along with my usual personal blogs I’m developing a blog for school. Your work is an inspiration to me both personally and professionally – thank you so much for sharing your experiences.
    ~Lyann
    http://lyannvaladez.net/

    • Hi Lyann! Sorry for the delay in response but I was traveling again. Thank you so incredibly much for your kind words! I truly appreciate it. I am still trying to come to terms with the India trip. It was truly life changing and I have lots more to share. The more I venture out of my comfort zone, the more I grow as a person. It is scary at first but once I do it, I want to do it again! Good luck with your studies and keep in touch. I just followed you on Twitter so hopefully we can keep in contact! :) nicole

      • Thank you so much for the follow on Twitter – by all means, let’s keep in contact! Thank you for the words of encouragement…I completely agree with your words about venturing out of your comfort zone – it’s scary, but makes us grow and want to do it again! :) Lyann

  44. “My dream is to teach my children to live compassionately, open-minded lives that understand different cultures and the importance of giving back to those in need.” That is an amazing dream. I am totally with you on this. Also have two children, growing up in a rapidly urbanizing India, privileged children in a sea of need and poverty and chaos. In an environment where greed and over-competitiveness appear to be virtues as our country struggles to ‘develop’ and join the elite club of the ‘developed’. It is a challenge to keep my kids grounded and I enjoy that challenge. Really like your blog and your philosophy….

    • Thanks for the comment! I find it hard to raise kids here in the US being so far away from so much of the world. I can see how in India it is quite difficult as well because you are really like you said in a “seas of need and poverty and chaos”. I guess we do the best we can and try to teach our kids to give back and to care. That is the challenge isn’t it. Thanks for stopping by. :)

  45. Hi, ive been reading your blog for a few days now and i have to say, you put your words across very well :). Im from Pune, in India, waiting till I can travel around the globe.

  46. I am definitely a fan of the blog now :) and a firm believer of the third eye as a concept … I am sure you’ve heard or read the origin of the third eye in the Hindu mythology … I am definitely following you ;)

  47. You write beautifully! I am a stay-at-home mom with a 11 month boy. I love to travel too, and would love to visit Bueno Aires (Your post was superb!) some day with my family. Thanks for sharing your travel in such details…I feel like I was on the trip with you! Cheers, mrs. J

  48. I have just come across your blog and am both moved and impressed. I am currently an American expat living in Hyderabad, India. Our family has taken advantage of our experience abroad to visit other countries, and we try to be “travelers’ rather than tourists as much as possible. Embracing the culture and learning about other people with an open mind is a wonderful thing. If you are interested, I have two blogs: americanhydmom.wordpress.com and wanderlusttravelogue.wordpress.com. I look forward to following your blog, even as you broaden and change it. Thank you for sharing your stories with us! -Deanna

      • Thanks for the response! My Americanhydmom blog focuses on my family’s experiences living in India. As I am sure you encountered in your travels to this country, even routine activities can have an interesting twist, and I wanted to record and share these events with our family and friends. The first year abroad, my eldest son definitely was challenged to adjust. My younger son did much better. Now, all is good for all. We still have periods of culture shock, but overall, are very glad to be here.

        The Wanderlusttravelogue blog is a new one. Like you, I have had an opportunity to travel to some interesting places. I have been a writer for years, but just recently have taken a photography course, which prompted me to want to focus on that area of “communication” more. This blog features my photos, with a brief write-up on the “story behind the photo.”

  49. just had a look at your blog,very inspiring and I too believe anything is possible. Interested to find you come from Minneapolis I have a pen friend from there, we have been writing for nearly 50 years.Look forward to reading more.

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  52. WOW! I just read your “about” page and that about sums up my first impression of you, WOW! Your amazing! I want to grow up to be just like you. Actually, it’s a little late because I can already see from your lovely photo that you are younger than I am. So, I’ll just have to do my best to catch up to your incredible body of work and accomplishments. I just joined wordpress because of my own passion for traveling with my family. I want to share whatever I can with other families to help them experience the world as we have (just a small part of it so far). I am following your photos and now I’ll be following your posts as well! I already reblogged one, but I’m sure there will be others!

    • Thanks Kerry! What a nice compliment. I have always loved to write and used to write in hardcover journals. After the kids got a little older (I’m a stay at home mom) I wanted to get back to writing again and sharing my passion for travel, culture and giving back. Hence I started this blog. Its been almost three years now and I can’t believe the doors its opened in my life and how much I’ve loved it. Where do you live? Thanks for the support and nice comment! Nicole

      • Nicole, Your welcome. I am also a passionate family traveler; the way my family has gone about our travels abroad has been via international home exchange, and it’s been amazing. We’ve gotten to live like temporary locals for a total of 15 weeks over the last five years. I am such a huge supporter of home exchange, I’ve decided to start writing and blogging about it myself. Just last week I put up my website, and like you said, I can see how much fun it is already! I’ll be talking with you again for sure! Kerry

      • Wonderful Kerry! I just subscribed and look forward to reading it. I have never thought of doing a home exchange before. Sound alike a great opportunity! I will check out your posts as soon as I can. We are headed out of town today for the holidays! :)

  53. Stacey Sandoval

    Wow. love your posts on Honduras. I am currently in school and planning to major in Spanish and world business. I was wondering if you are happy with what you studied and if you found it to be necessary in your life. I ask because i am so eager to start giving back to the world and am not sure if a BA is going to help or not. Ultimately,my goal is to either work for or run a non profit, helping the families in Honduras learn to become self sufficient. I would like to spend three months per year there in Honduras and the other months here in the states raising money. As i have four kids and am not ready to move them all.Any advise or thought would be appreciated by you or any others who may have an idea.
    Stacey7388@gmail.com.

    • Hi Stacey:

      Thanks for the email. Sorry for not responding sooner but I’ve been on vacation and still am. Big question! Looking back, I’m still glad I followed my dreams of studying french and international relations. But now I don’t really use either. If I did it over again, I would have added either a MA in Journalism or Public Health or Public Admin. Yet I am pretty happy so far with my path as there is so much you can do if your heart desires. Feel free to contact me via email with any more questions. Sounds exciting! thirdeyemom@yahoo.com

  54. Thank you for all your visits and comments this past year. I am mostly only interacting on Facebook although I do send out blogs every alternate day – concentrating on my photography a lot. I have sent you a friend request on FB to keep in touch with each others blogs. Regards, Andrew Harvard

    • Thanks Andrew! Do you have a Facebook page or a personal Facebook account? I have both. Thirdeyemom on Facebook is where is do my blog stuff and photos and my personal account is usually just silly photos of my kids. Let
      Me know as if you have a Facebook page I can like it. Otherwise I can accept you as a friend but I’d hate for you to get all my silly updates! Best, Nicole ps I love your photography!

  55. So happy to have been introduced to you by James and Terri at Gallivance. Like you my heart is drawn to social justice and a love of travel and other cultures. I look forward to following your adventures!

  56. Hi, I just discovered your blog and love it. You are inspiring! I have a 2 1/2 year old and haven’t traveled since I was pregnant (other than to see family) and I’m going crazy! How do you travel, have time to write so much, and be an at home mom? I just started my own blog and am trying slowly to get back into my life teaching yoga and writing – but it’s very slow going. And I can’t imagine leaving my son long enough to go on a real trip. How do your kids handle it?

    • Thanks for the comment and I apologize for the late answer. Good question! I have a lot of help with the kids when I travel and a very supportive husband. I’ve done it since they were born so they do fine with me leaving. Of course they miss me but I hope my travels are teaching them something as well! :)

  57. Hi! I just discovered your blog – my husband & I love to travel, and it’s so encouraging to see others making that happen for themselves – especially those who are parents! Excited to start reading about your adventures : )

  58. Being from India, I appreciate your volunteering work in Nepal!
    I read it in one of the nice books that ‘Your life shall be full of happiness and joy when you are happy within!’ What can be better than selfless acts of ‘giving back to those in need’ that fill your heart with love and compassion!
    Wish you best luck for your future endeavor!

    • Thank you! I try to keep it up. Now most of my volunteer work is through my writing about social good issues around the world. I also was in India last May on a tour with different NGOs in the slums and it was really an eye opening experience.

  59. Hi, I just looked over your blog – interesting indeed! I’ll be doing some reading here frequently & I enjoy reading your blog…

    Love your photos in Himalaya…!

  60. I have to say that the way that you are living and your view on life is very similar to my own and I am glad that I have stumbled across your website.

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