Mandy Seymour

Love Your Life

Do you love your life?  If so, cherish it and love on!  But if not, I invite you to ask yourself, “How could I love my life more?”  What do you need to do to be more fulfilled?  Here are a few suggestions: Practice Gratitude – Finding what we are  thankful for in our lives […]

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Mandy Seymour

Cuban Boat People

  In November 2014, I took a group of 13 travelers to Cuba with the World Affairs Council of Houston.  We traveled there legally on a people-to-people humanitarian program. On Wednesday night, we had dinner at our hotel with Dr. Andy Gomez before flying to Havana, Cuba the next day.  He said, “Did you know […]

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Mandy Seymour

Entrepreneurism In Cuba As Easy As Pie? Not Exactly

In recent years, more Cubans have been opening privately owned businesses than ever before.  Greater access to remittances have helped bolster the development of Cuban businesses.  Some of the most popular businesses include restaurants, guest homes, and tourist-related attractions.  Yet even individual Cubans with little access to resources are starting businesses, such as nail salons […]

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Mandy Seymour

Travel To Ecuador

Ecuador contains one of the most biodiverse areas in the world in the smallest space. Ecuador is one of the most eat biologically diverse places in the world and such a small area. North Americans often select Costa Rica as their hotspot for nature tours.  Most people do not know Ecuador’s mainland is full of abundant […]

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Mandy Seymour

Sweet Land of Liberty

Today, I visited the book fair at my daughter’s elementary school. The principal gave the morning announcements and said, “Now we are going to say the Pledge of Allegiance. All students turn to the flag and put your hand over your hearts.” I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and […]

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Mandy Seymour

Suki Kim Helps Freedom Ring In North Korea

Last Thursday night, Suki Kim visited Houston and shared a moving account of her time as an undercover journalist in North Korea.   She traveled to North Korea in 2011 and left when Kim Jong-ill died. While there, she posed as an English teacher and missionary with the sole intent of learning about the humanity of […]

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Mandy Seymour

Enlightened by Innovation

I have been thinking recently about the difference Americans make around the world — and more specifically the difference innovative Americans make around the world. Since we live in America, we don’t hear the stories of good impact we have around the world as much as we might if you lived in those countries and […]

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Mandy Seymour

Galapagos

Galapagos is unlike any place on earth.  Animals in Galapagos do not know humans as predators, so when they see you, they don’t run away.  They just stay where they are.  Birds, reptiles, and sea lions will even engage with you.  The experience is surreal. The sea lions add comical flare to these solitary islands. […]

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Mandy Seymour

The Imprint You Make

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it within us or we find it not.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson We all make an impact, both in our daily lives and when traveling.  I am not talking about a carbon footprint impact or some other environmental impact here.  I am […]

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