Don’t Quit on Your Adventure

Posted by Erin K Casey on September 28, 2016 in Life |

I will never forget the thunder of the pounding water that surrounded us as we floated into the mist created by Niagara Falls.cropped-IMG_0964-2.jpg

That moment was one of my all-time favorite experiences. Seeing the smile on my kid’s face made it even more special. God-created nature made the moment possible—not a video game or man-made roller coaster. The intensity, the power, the beauty… wow!  Seriously, wow!maid-of-the-mist

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen a few other wow travel experiences through the years. What you won’t always see on social media are the I-can’t-believe-this-is-happening (and not in a good way) moments. Not because I don’t want to be transparent about our real life, but because those are the moments that happen when I’m not prepared or am too angry or frustrated or scared to remember to take a picture.

Lest you think that our attempts at living an adventurous life are always picture perfect, let me add the reality filter: In the past few months… Read more…

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Where Are You From?

Posted by Erin K Casey on September 19, 2016 in Life |

Finding Friends and a Sense of Belonging on the Road

Almost every introduction to people we meet on the road includes some form of the question, “Where are you from?”

Answering always feels a little tricky. We really just started, so to say we’re “fulltime travelers” feels a little premature. Our son calls Texas home, but we most recently lived in Florida. Most often, my answer is Florida and Texas, which just confuses people. And Brian is more likely to say Florida, but honestly, he’d prefer to call Ireland his home.

Most of my family members have deep roots in one place. Not me. I’ll tune into the A&M game to hear the “voice of Aggie Football,” and I will always call myself a Texan, but the idea of living in one location forever just doesn’t appeal to me. It hasn’t for a very long time. Read more…

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Are We Crazy?

Posted by Erin K Casey on September 11, 2016 in Life, Travel |

Are we crazy? It’s a question I’ve asked myself more frequently than usual since we decided to travel full time in an RV.

We began kicking around the idea in December 2015. By late February we had purchased a truck and 32-foot Jayco Jayflight travel trailer. We moved into it in April and hit the road at the end of May 2016. For the second time in our married lives, we’d purged our belongings in a matter of months and set off on an adventure. Read more…

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Alright, alright, alright.

Posted by Erin K Casey on March 3, 2014 in Faith, Inspiration |

What are you choosing to do with your life-When I was living across the Atlantic (and even now), the Oscars didn’t seem all that important. In fact, were it not for Facebook I might not have even known the awards show was on. But when I woke the next morning and saw numerous shout-outs to Matthew McConaughey for a brilliant acceptance speech, I had to google it.

I  found it with a brief write up on Time.com. Their title, “Explaining Matthew McConaughey’s Confounding Acceptance Speech,” had me a little worried. I thought it might not be all that my FB friends claimed.

My friends were right. Read more…


What Do You Imagine For Your Life?

Posted by Erin K Casey on November 21, 2013 in Inspiration |

mosaicWe’ve started setting goals with our team here in Ireland–both personal and group goals. Goal setting is one of my favorite things to do because the activity takes me out of the busy-ness of life and makes me think:

* What and who are really important to me?
* Am I treating my priorities as if they’re really priorities?
* What are the areas I’d like to grow in… and how will that happen?
* What do I want to be, have and do during the next year? (Thanks to Zig Ziglar for this question.) Read more…

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Who Knew a Schedule Could Really Work?

Posted by Erin K Casey on July 22, 2013 in Simplify |

Working on the craft of the day: “Tie-dye” T-shirts made with permanent markers (Bic and Sharpie). Spray rubbing alcohol on the design to make the colors blend.

I’d heard people say that schedules work for kids, but I didn’t believe it. I like to leave things open. I thought structure would kill the creative spirit within… until I realized that lack of structure and too much screen time were numbing my 9-year-old’s brain.

As a work-from-home parent, summers aren’t especially easy. Deadline don’t die down… in fact, they tend to pile on in the summer months. Add our upcoming move to the normal busyness of summer, and life moves from full to STRESSful. Read more…


God is Never Too Busy for You

Posted by Erin K Casey on June 24, 2013 in Faith, Inspiration |

too-busy“He’s tied up working on his next book for the next several weeks. I’m sorry. I know he’d reconsider once the book is released, but right now he’s just too busy for an interview.”

You’ve got to be kidding. I thought, looking at the disappointing email.

Two months earlier, I’d reached out to the semi-famous author for an interview about his upcoming book. My editor wanted an article, a short piece to tease his new work, and she wanted it before the book released. Read more…


Getting Where You Want To Go

Posted by Erin K Casey on June 11, 2012 in Inspiration |

When Jen McDonough realized she was tired of living a so-so life, she took control of her attitude and behavior and changed health, her income–everything. She shares her powerful story in her book, Living Beyond Awesome. As you read her guest post think about what you want for your life–and what it would take to make it happen.

When I was overweight and couldn’t run two blocks, the thought of running a marathon was unimaginable! In fact, the thought of running a mile seemed impossible. Read more…

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Time Flies, but You are the Pilot

Posted by Erin K Casey on May 31, 2012 in Business Tips, Simplify |

How many times have you thought, There isn’t enough time in the day! or, How will I ever get it all done? If you constantly feel pinched for time, you’ll appreciate this guest post by Kathy Brunner. Take a quick coffee break and learn a few tips for getting more out of your day.

Several years ago I came across a statement which made me think about how I treated the time I was allotted and since then I have made a conscious effort to see the value in having a schedule that holds me accountable.

“Time is a precious commodity; so precious it is only given to us moment by moment. We can neither have one moment back or store up the next for the future.” Read more…


10 Years of Imagining Finally Became a Reality

Posted by Erin K Casey on April 30, 2012 in Inspiration, Photos, Travel |

For 10 years, my husband and I said we wanted to go to Ireland. We made plans and canceled them more times than I can count. After a while, you start to think, this is never going to happen.

Thoughts like never scare me. I don’t want can’t and never to be part of my life. So, while writing out my 2012 goal list in early January, I determined that this would be our year to visit. Read more…

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