“To laugh often and much,

To win the respect of intelligent people,

and affection of children,

To earn the appreciation of honest critics

and endure betrayal of false friends,

To appreciate beauty,

To find the best in others,

To leave the world a bit better,

whether by healthy children, a garden patch…

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

This is to have succeeded.”


This quote truly defines what success means to me. When I think about why the decision to completely change my life and move to Nicaragua has been the easiest and most exciting decision I’ve ever made, I think about my definition of success. What is your definition of success? Is it money based? Is it creating a healthy family, expensive clothing, or a nice home on the beach? What is it exactly? Really ask yourself that question and define it—this should be what drives you every day. Take 10 minutes to yourself and write down what your life goals are. Then think about if you’ve

a. accomplished any of them


b. if you’re on track to be able to accomplish them.

There are a ton of books, articles, and podcasts that try to teach you how to become successful or that give you self-help advice. I’m not trying to do any of the things these outlets try to provide people. I’m simply reminding you to take some time for self-reflection and be yourself. Live the life that you want. By understanding who you are and what you want, life changing decisions become clear and easier to make. Be successful by your own definition, not someone else’s. Define your success then go out and be the most successful you can be. Come alive.




Washington D.C.



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