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Running can be one of the most freeing and liberating sports of all. Running gives a person the ability to be in a group or on their own. Running gives a person the advantage to hide away from the world while feeding themselves the endorphins needed to keep away depression, stress, overeating, smoking and so many other issues.

The holiday season is a time to enjoy family, food and friends. We spend time driving to and from our grandparents, our aunts and uncles and other family and friends to help enjoy the US holiday of Thanksgiving. Each year people travel by train, plane and car to see their families and eat all the food. Compare the newspaper ads to find the best deals for Black Friday.

You, the ascetic, went all that way for a change of scene, perhaps to the desert, perhaps to the hinterlands covered in snow, perhaps amidst a people whose language seemed obscure, strange, but alluring. Enchanté? Oui.

At the top floor, there’s swank.
The next floor down is posh.
At basement level, there’s me.

Let’s be honest I love to cook – no seriously, this is not a joke, I love to cook! When I say I love to cook this includes everything from cheesecakes to lasagnas to salads to soups to anything and everything under the sun. I especially love cooking over the holidays – the cakes, the cookies, the pies, the candies, the side dishes, the breads...oh the breads!

My daughter recently turned three year old. Naturally, at this stage of linguistic development she’s a bit of a blabber mouth. She’s stringing together sentences, asking loads of “why” questions, singing her own made-up songs about butterflies or rainbows or daddy being her best friend.

Parenting is hard. Keeping up with a healthy lifestyle is hard. Parenting by oneself is hard. Keeping up with a healthy lifestyle and a 5 year old is hard. Can it be done? Yes. Should it be done? Yes. Does it take work? Yes. Can you do it? Yes. I do it…most of the time.

When people think of the Middle East the first place that often pops into their heads is Dubai. We get to see a lot about Dubai through our media. It’s definitely a place that should be visited, especially if you are in the region. There are a lot of good things and bad things about Dubai. First, I’ll talk about the good things then I’ll talk about the not so good things.

I know, every parent’s worst nightmare – a child who doesn’t take any responsibility for herself or her stuff. The child you fight with day in and day out about feeding pets, picking up clothes, taking care of toys, putting away her lunch bag and backpack.

A Short Disclaimer

Please note that I am not an accountant, nor am I an international tax expert. I’m an English teacher in South Korea who is interested in personal finance and did a ridiculous amount of research for a book I wrote (The Wealthy English Teacher-find it on Amazon). Heck, I’m not even American!

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