Archive | May 19, 2014

You Haven’t Lived Until You See The “35 Most Breathtaking Views On Earth”

There are some places on earth where just standing and looking outwards can be a truly humbling experience. Before you scroll through this stunning collection, be mindful of the fact that these photographs will likely expand your bucket list of travel destinations. But what’s wrong with that?

Dachstein Stairway – Austria

Dachstein Stairway - Austria

The Dachstein Glacier resort in the Alps is home to one of the highest bridges in the world. With a 1,300 foot drop to the bottom of the mountains, if you get dizzy just looking at the pictures then this stairway to nothingness isn’t for you.

Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean – Swakop, Namibia

Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean - Swakop, Namibia

The Namib is home to some of the tallest and most spectacular sand dunes in the world. These dunes continue right to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, creating a truly bizarre view.

Isle of Skye – Scotland

Isle of Skye - ScotlandIsle of Skye - Scotland

The Isle of Skye is well-known for its amazing geography and wildlife. With picturesque lakes and breathtaking mountains, the Quiraing landslide offers some of the best views of the island.

Twelve Apostles Beach – Victoria, Australia

Twelve Apostles Beach - Victoria, Australia

The apostles are columns of hard rock that survived thousands of years of coastal erosion.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall – Þórsmerkurvegur, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - Þórsmerkurvegur, Iceland

Seljalandsfoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland, with a drop of over 200 feet.

Bagan, Myanmar

Bagan, Myanmar

An ancient 13th century city, Bagan is home to many Buddhist temples and monasteries. At its peak, over 10,000 of the prayer sites were active, with only 2,200 still surviving today.

Tiger’s Nest – Bhutan

Tiger’s Nest - Bhutan

Situated in the Himalaya’s Paro Valley, this ancient monastery is a Buddhist sacred site. It’s best visited during the spring when the temperatures are cool and the trees are in full bloom.

Swing at the End of the World – La Casa Del Arbol, Ecuador

Swing at the End of the World - La Casa Del Arbol, Ecuador

Deep in the Ecuadorian wilderness is a treehouse used for observing the magnificent Mt. Tungurahua, an active volcano. On the same tree sits a swing at over 2,600 feet above sea level.

Iguazu Falls – Border of Brazil and Argentina

 Iguazu Falls - Border of Brazil and Argentina

Made up of dozens of cascades, Iguazu Falls is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world. The surrounding environment is bursting with thousands of tropical plants and animals.

Victoria Peak – Hong Kong

Victoria Peak - Hong Kong

Victoria Peak, located west of Hong Kong, offers one of the most surreal night views of the colorful city. With an altitude of 1,818 feet, it’s the highest mountain located on the island.

Half Dome Mountain, Yosemite National Park, USA

Half Dome Mountain, Yosemite National Park, USA

At its peak, this ancient granite dome rises more than 4,700 feet above the valley floor. Various cliffs offer a vantage point to take in the beautiful national park.

Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Japanese Cherry Blossoms

Beginning in early March, the blooms of Japan’s national flower – the cherry blossom (sakura) – are one of the most iconic sites in Japan.

Trolltunga – Norway

Trolltunga - Norway

Trolltunga hovers 2,300 feet above lake Ringedalsvatnet. It’s a challenging hike, but the natural platforms offer astounding views of the mountainside.

Haiku Stairs – O’ahu, Hawaii

Haiku Stairs - O’ahu, Hawaii

Known as the Stairway to Heaven, this fairly unknown hiking trail can be found on the island of O’ahu. The trail is steep and ends at a peak 2,800 feet above the sea, which offers amazing views of the island.

Vertigo Hotel – Bangkok, Thailand

Vertigo Hotel - Bangkok, Thailand

Situated high over the bustling city of Bangkok, the Moon Bar at the Vertigo hotel offers one of the most jaw dropping dining experiences in South East Asia.

Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland

Cambrian Hotel, Switzerland

The Cambrian is situated in the pristine scenery of the Swiss Alps, with stunning mountain views in every direction.

Sunset da Mona Lisa Restaurant – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Sunset da Mona Lisa Restaurant - Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Sunset da Mona Lisa is a restaurant with amazing food and an even more spectacular view.

Mossy Arch – Glencoe, Scotland

Mossy Arch - Glencoe, Scotland

An ancient stone bridge has since been overwhelmed by lush green moss in The Highlands of majestic Scotland.

Sunrise at Acadia National Park – Maine, United States

Sunrise at Acadia National Park - Maine, United States

Acadia National Park is the oldest of its kind, east of the Mississippi River. The mountainous region offers amazing views of the Atlantic.

Piz Gloria – Murren, Switzerland

Piz Gloria - Murren, Switzerland

A revolving restaurant situated almost 3,000 feet up on the Swiss Alps.

Jade Mountain Resort – St. Lucia

Jade Mountain Resort - St. Lucia

This beachfront resort covers over 600 feet of shoreline and offers a stunning look at the Piti and Gros Piton Mountains.

Fjallabaksleið, Iceland

Fjallabaksleið, Iceland

The North Fjallbak route is a rugged but scenic detour through the highlands north of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Accessible only via SUV, it includes a route through the magical canyons shaped by migrating glaciers thousands of years ago.

Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley, Utah

If you think this valley seems familiar, it’s because the area was commonly used as a filming location in the heyday of Western movies. The vast sandstone structures dominate the landscape of this vast valley, which is far quieter than similar sites like the Grand Canyon.

White Cliffs of Dover – England

White Cliffs of Dover - England

The cliffs of Dover are composed of chalk and offer spectacular views of the English coastline facing the Strait of Dover and at certain points, the French coast.

Melissani Cave – Kefalonia Greece

Melissani Cave - Kefalonia Greece

In Greek mythology, nymphs (female nature deities) inhabited this breathtaking cave and lured men in with their beauty. Under a high sun, the amazingl blue is illuminated for any lucky swimmers.

Sunset between Rocks – Pfeiffer Beach, California

Sunset between Rocks - Pfeiffer Beach, California

Pfeiffer Beach is set on a romantic area of the California coastline. The purple sand and crashing blue waves are only beaten by the sunset, which sets between the rock formations.

Lion’s Head Mountain over Cape Town, South Africa

Lion’s Head Mountain over Cape Town, South Africa

Lion’s Head overlooks Cape Town and completely eclipses man made structures at 2,200 feet tall. From the summit of the mountain, you can see the sprawling city.

Chichilianne, Rhone Alpes, France

Chichilianne, Rhone Alpes, France

The breathtaking Mont Aiguille is nearly 7,000 foot tall and offers amazing views of the French Prealps.

Phraya Nakhon Cave – Thailand

Phraya Nakhon Cave - Thailand

Phraya Nakhon Cave can be found in the stunning Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. The wondrous cave consists of two caverns, illuminated by the collapsed roofs. The site was adored the royal King Chulalongkorn, who built the pavillion inside.

Corcovado Mountain – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Corcovado Mountain - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Home to the famous Christ the Redeemer, the peak of the Corcovado Mountain offers one of the most unique looks at the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro. It also gives you a breathtaking look at the famous Sugarloaf Mountain, which sits to the southeast of the city.

A dog enjoys the view from a 5000m peak in the Himalayas

A dog enjoys the view from a 5000m peak in the Himalayas

The climate of the Himalayas ranges from tropical at the base of the mountains to permanent ice and snow at the highest elevations. This pup is literally looking down at warmer weather.

Light breaks through a grove of trees in Northern Oregon

Light breaks through a grove of trees in Northern Oregon

Photographer David Thompson captured what he called “Mysterious Hallways” when he snapped this view through poplar trees in gorgeous Northern Oregon.

Barrientos Island, Antarctica

Barrientos Island, Antarctica

One of the few ice-free areas of Antarctica, the Barrientos Islands offer a rare look at a thawed Antarctica. It’s often a popular stop for Antarctic cruise ships.

Mount Kilimanjaro viewed from Amboseli, Kenya

Mount Kilimanjaro viewed from Amboseli, Kenya

40,000 tourists climb Mt. Kiliminjaro each year, and that doesn’t include porters, cooks, and guides that make the climb at their sides.

Rainbow over Lake Louise from the top of Mt. Fairview – Alberta, Canada

Rainbow over Lake Louise from the top of Mt. Fairview - Alberta, Canada

Lake Louise is an epic glacial lake within Banff National Park. The water is an elegant emerald colour because of minerals found in the water.

Autumn in the Swiss Alps

Autumn in the Swiss Alps

The average Swiss person takes 9650 steps a day, walking almost 5 miles, while the average American takes just 5117 steps a day – only about 2.5 miles. Walking and hiking is a way of life in Switzerland. When you see a view like this, is it any wonder why?

We think you should find new places to dream about every single day. We’re hanging out on this big, beautiful planet, and we only have so little time to see all the beauty it has to offer.

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Say “Goodbye” to Your Paycheck to Paycheck Lifestyle!!

frustrated woman with credit card

Career Builder estimates 6 out of 10 Americans live “paycheck-to-paycheck.” Of that number, another 40% rely on credit cards for their basic living expenses.

The truth is, 69% of America carries some type of debt every month. Not 50 years ago, people wouldn’t even fathom going into debt! Being in debt was a shameful way to live. And now we are here, in a society that has accepted debt as a part of life.

If this is you, the good news is… you aren’t alone. The even better news, there is something you can DO about it that DOESN’T require making more money. But you have to be willing to get out from under that stress, that bondage, that hold the credit companies have over your life. “Debt – an ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave-driver.” – Ambrose Bierce. Debt is total bondage!

The difference between people who have debt, living paycheck-to-paycheck and those who are debt-free or are banking money into their savings every month, is not how much money they make. It has everything to do with their mindset and how they view money.

You might not realize it, but if you spend everything you make you have a poverty mentality. This mentality says the money won’t always be here so you have to spend it while you got it. A poverty mentality motivates you to buy expensive houses, fancy cars and “designer” clothes you actually can’t afford. It has you convinced that you need more stuff, more money and more things to prove your social status or to bring you happiness.

Just a few months ago Business Insider published an article on the 10 characteristics debt-free people all have in common. Hint: It isn’t that they make more money than you. However, one of the major ones is that debt-free people SPEND a lot less.

“Debt-free people live on less than they make. You can start to improve your situation immediately by changing the way you look at your money. Imagine you make 10%, 25%, or even 50% less than you do. Make a budget using that math. It may seem impossible at first, but start making cuts to your spending.”

You might think money is already tight, but once you sit down and do the math you’d be surprised. It might mean you sell a car for one with a lower payment, move into a smaller apartment. If you’re really committed, it is totally possible! You just have to fight your own ego, your own poverty mentality telling you that you need those things.

One other big characteristic the article listed is that debt-free people have financial goals. If you do not have a purpose for your money, it will get sucked into any and everything. A night out on the town here, a quick stop at the grocery store even though your ‘fridge is full of leftovers there. A man without vision will perish!

You make goals on where you want to vacation, places you want to visit, how much you want to weigh – well, you need one for your finances as well. If you have no overall vision or plan to get debt-free – it will continually get pushed off. “I’ll think about making a plan next month when money isn’t as tight.” or “I should be getting a bonus soon and that will help me start.”

Clear away your objections and start this new mindset today! Don’t just accept your debt or living paycheck-to-paycheck as a way of life. That is not living your life by design, it’s living by default. And you are totally better than that.

Are you debt-free? If so, tell me how awesome it is to be free of that bondage now. Just realize these principles still apply to you! Make sure you are changing your whole mindset to stay out of debt for good and to build a financial future for yourself and your family.

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Angels in the Alley

Diane, a young Christian university student, was home for the summer. She had gone to visit some friends one evening and the time passed quickly as each shared their various experiences of the past year. She ended up staying longer than she had planned and had to walk home alone. But she wasn’t afraid because it was a small town and she lived only a few blocks away.

As she walked along under the tall elm trees, Diane asked God to keep her safe from harm and danger. When she reached the alley, which was a shortcut to her house, she decided to take it. However, halfway down the alley she noticed a man standing at the end as though he were waiting for her. She became uneasy and began to pray, asking for God’s protection. Instantly a comforting feeling of quietness and security wrapped around her, she felt as though someone was walking with her. When she reached the end of the alley, she walked right past the man and arrived home safely.

Girl walks through ally.

The following day, she read in the paper that a young girl had been attacked in the same alley, just twenty minutes after she had been there. Feeling overwhelmed by this tragedy and the fact that it could have been her, she began to weep. Thanking the Lord for her safety and asking him to help this young woman, she decided to go to the police station. She knew she could recognize the man, so she told them her story. The police asked her if she would be willing to look at a lineup to identify him. She agreed and immediately pointed out the man she had seen in the alley the night before.

When the man was told he had been identified, he immediately broke down and confessed. The officer thanked Diane for her bravery, and asked if there was anything they could do for her.  She asked if they would ask the man one question. Diane was curious as to why he had not attacked her. When the policeman asked him, he answered, “Because she wasn’t alone. She had two tall men walking on either side of her.”

Angel

Psalms 91:10-11

No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;  For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.

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