How I Define Success.

Last Update: March 05, 2018

A few years ago I shared this picture showcasing my office for the week...

Well, Amanda and I are back on Maui but this time things are a little different. We're staying in the same place, but the office has a bit of an upgrade...

To me, this is the definition of succeeding in this space.

Amanda, Vincent, and I get to spend 2 weeks on Maui, hanging out, watching whales, and enjoying the long days.

It's not all sunshine and rainbows of course.

I call the balcony my office because I am still out here getting work done. That's the major selling point to this business.

All I need is my laptop and I can run my business from anywhere in the world. I am still hard at work while I'm here. If I want to plan a trip back next year, I can't afford to take any time off.

I'm taking a quick break for lunch, to show off some pictures, then getting right back into things.

I am always going to take a break and go check out a sea turtle when it comes on shore for a nap though.

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Jorge101 Premium
What an inspiration. I am happy to share I received a message today letting me know I achieved top 200. It has taken some time but I finally found my rhythm. Thank you!

George
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CandP Premium
Felicitaciones, Jorge! Way to go!
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hugh9905 Premium
Beautiful pictures and a lovely little boy! :)

BTW, is Vincent a good sleeper? My 2-year-old girl wakes up at night and cuts my sleep into pieces...

Hugh
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tommo1968 Premium
Awesome family time Steve. Its great to mix the two up and stop and start as needed.
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sdawson Premium
What an awesome office and trip. You deserve it for all your hard work. -Shirley
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AffFranE82 Premium
A great reminder, and congratulations on your son.
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heatherplude Premium
That's right! I spent 3 months on Kauai in 2014 and I want to go back by 2020 - for another extended stay. The best part about being in Hawaii for me was - getting up at 5am -working until 10 am or noon and going to the beach for the rest of the day.

Enjoy!
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Defiant6 Premium
Oh wow, thank you for sharing this! It's amazing where you can end up when you work hard and are persistent at your online business! Here's to hoping you get to return there next year!
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raringler Premium
Totally awesome Steve. It has to be so nice to have a great vacation like that and still keep on going. Looks like you got what everyone would like to have. Good luck and keep on going :)
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Eddie C Premium
Hey not for anything but, has anyone brought this to Kyle? Instead of having the affiliate conference in Vegas do it in Hawaii.

Beautiful post man!

Cheers!
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CJardin Premium
Oh yes, paradise and work can go hand in hand! Love the pictures!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Carrie :)
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RamenRiches Premium
That's a heck of an upgrade man! One of the main reasons that I strive to make this "online business thing" a success is so that I do not miss any more moments with my children.

A common pass all too quickly, and once they're gone you can never get them back. I'm so happy that you are able to claim as many of those moments as possible!

Enjoy the moments, the sea turtles, and having the ability to take your family with you to the office while still being as productive as you are!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Tony! I appreciate the comments. One of the reasons why I'm still here working despite being at the beach is so I can continue to provide these opportunities and stay at home to watch Vin grow up.
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Ibhar Premium
such a beautiful baby men, congrats!! it seems like you are doing great with you lovely wife and your kid spending time together in one of the most beautiful pleaces in the world... wow i would love to have that one day
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IveTriedThat Premium
It's all possible Ibhar! I was once a complete beginner in this space. Every successful marketer was at one point.
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Colm Premium
Awesome!
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3dandelions Premium
Love your office for these couple of weeks and LOVE the Upgrade! Thank you for sharing. Look forward to updates and more beautiful pictures! Enjoy!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you Emily :)
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EddySalomon Premium
And that's what the affiliate life can give you, your time and freedom back. The money we earn is just a tool that can be used to live the life we want and deserve.

But you gotta be willing to put in the work. I remember people use to think I was crazy for bringing my laptop with me on family vacation. And then I would remind them it's because of this laptop we can go on these vacations. And my work doesn't feel like work. I enjoy it and can be done anywhere. So thanks for reminding us all what this is all about.

Now my question is how did you trick Vincent out of the mean mug in these pictures? lol
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IveTriedThat Premium
The dude lights up like a Christmas tree when the camera comes out. He ignores the phone, but something about the camera lens gets him cheesing lol
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EddySalomon Premium
Lmao. Whatever works!
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NWTDennis Premium
We just had the Oscars last night. So is it too early to think he is a 'natural'?
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RoopeshG Premium
Hey Steve, you have a beautiful family.Thanks for the motivational post and a reminder of why I am here at WA.

Take Care
Roopesh
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you Roopesh :)
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NWTDennis Premium
Very cool Steve. It doesn't look like work, but I think you just have a way of making it look easy.
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IveTriedThat Premium
I did say hard at work but the scenery and company definitely make it feel easy.
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nathaniell Premium
Nice! I didn't realize you were actually in Hawaii right now - I thought you were just posting old photos for nostalgia's sake. Haha.

It's nice to be reminded that sometimes we have to relax a bit (not too much) and enjoy the work we put into our businesses.
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IveTriedThat Premium
I do sometimes throw up old pictures if I need an escape haha but we are actually out here
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TaniaHersel Premium
Idyllic, beautiful pics and adorable babe. Enjoy this great lifestyle you have chosen.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you Tania! I chose it by working hard and setting goals.
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lucanunez Premium
Beautiful family Steve,

Thanks for the inspiration and post a pic if you can see a whale too!

Luca
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IveTriedThat Premium
Absolutely will do :)
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BrittaneyS Premium
Oh my goodness. The only thing better than that view are those chubby cheeks!

Sure making me jealous, but also so motivated. I really like your definition of success, you've certainly kept sight of what is important in your life.

Thank you for sharing!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks for reading Brittaney :) Little dude is well fed for sure lol and he has quite a few rolls already. He's starting to move around a lot more and once he gets walking he'll sadly lose some of the baby chub.
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Kyle Premium
You sure know how to make us all jelly! That picture of the rainbow looks like it is straight out of a magazine, and Vin is cute as heck!

I agree with your entire definition of success as well. There is something to be said about being able to relocate with your family and being able to continue growing your business well you are somewhere completely different, and beautiful (like Hawaii).

One thing that I have found that when you do move your office, not only do you get to enjoy a vacation and new experiences with your family, you naturally take in influence and creativity being in new surroundings which lead to further fuel for your business.

Enjoy your trip, it looks amazing and make sure you don't sit on one of this big rocks on the beach. I heard they have a pretty good snap to them!
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IveTriedThat Premium
The best part is I'm out of gloomy Pittsburgh for some time. Having access to Vitamin D has done more for my mood and creativity than anything else I've tried.

The scenery helps a bit too.
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Kyle Premium
There is something to be said about having Vitamin D and some sun in your life, in particular during the gloomy winter months (which we also deal with). That surrounding is impressive, definitely has me looking for flights to get out of here! lol

Enjoy!
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littlemama Premium
Love this post Steve, it's awesome to see and I hope to be doing that soon. :)
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Robg1 Premium
I think you're well on your way already :-)
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Grace! Work hard, absorb as much information as you can, and continue to put out high quality content. That's really all there is to it.
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littlemama Premium
Aww, Thank you Rob, I believe you are too! :)
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littlemama Premium
Yes for sure, that's what I've been doing for 18 months. :)
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NatNiches Premium
Wow that's amazing! I adore turtles... I hope I can enjoy a work space like that one day :)
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IveTriedThat Premium
You'd like the condo we stay at then! The sea turtles just hang out right offshore and sometimes come up the beach to nap.
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Stella2 Premium
Thanks for the inspiring post, and I love your pics.
You have a beautiful family and so nice to see you all enjoying the fruits of your labor together.
Enjoy! :-)
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you Stella :)
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sgregcrx Premium
We are heading out there on the 14th and just can't wait.

It's a part work, part holiday trip, but mainly holiday. Working hard to making trips like these 100% work. For now it's mainly fun and research, but I have to pay for it so it's not work really.

Only when the Site is paying for these trips will I be able to fully call them work trips.(hopefully New York in Nov)

I was trying to decide weather to take the laptop or rely on the tablet. But think you have made my mind up. Cannot wait to sit out on the Lanai with Kona Coffee doing some Work!

Steve
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IveTriedThat Premium
Hey Steve, are you me? You are describing exactly what I'm doing right now lol Make sure you get out to see the humpbacks while you're here. They are the whole reason why we come this time of year.
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sgregcrx Premium
lol, a bit of a coincidence!

Got at least two Whale watching trips booked. I have also got some Dives booked and I have EVERYTHING crossed I may get some underwater whale action, it's unlikely but possible.

Last time we went to Maui it was summer and we missed the whales so had to get back in whale season!

I have promised myself one day I will stop vacationing in Maui and call it home instead.
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IveTriedThat Premium
We're heading out on a tour in a few hours. I've been watching them breach just off shore all morning. Going to get a good bit closer though. We haven't gotten in the water with them (yet) but I do have some cool videos after we stuck a GoPro in off the side of a boat one year.
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sgregcrx Premium
Yeah, I don't know of any way to guarantee to get the water with them as they are protected and tours are not supposed to approach them.

The dives I have booked are all blue water so we are not approaching them but if they approach us it's fine. But no guarantees.

Enjoy the Tour!
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KatieMac Premium
How cute is you son and I would say its a great upgrade, looks beautiful where you are at and just goes to show the mobile office can work. Wishing you continued success
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Catherine!
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ar20746 Premium
That's pretty awesome. To be in a beautiful surrounding with someone you love. And the cream on the cake is to do what you want to do. Keep going with your lifestyle. :)
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IveTriedThat Premium
Cheers Joze! It really is the dream.
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IvyT Premium
Loved the rainbow over it all!
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IveTriedThat Premium
The rainbows here are no joke. If I didn't see them with my own eyes, I'd assume they were all photoshopped in.
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jetrbby80316 Premium
Congrats you have made it, and you are deservedly reaping the benefits of your consistent hard work. You write great training.

Thank you for your help to the community. I aspire to get where you are one day.

Kaju
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IveTriedThat Premium
Cheers Kaju!
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Robg1 Premium
My exact thoughts when I discovered affiliate marketing. You can do it from anywhere. Great!!!!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Yup! All you really need is a laptop and some discipline to actually do work while you're away.
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MiaL Premium
Awe that's the best upgrade you could ever ask for :) Congratulations, I'm really happy for you!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you Melissa :)
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Juliusrocks Premium
What a blessing of upgrade Steve :-) I remember me and my wife celebrating our honeymoon in Hawaii as well but, diff. island. We stay in Oahu for a week and we love it. Wow! I can't believe it that was August 2007 and today it's already March 2018. Time flies! LOL. Now, we are blessed with two kids as well...Jairus is 8 and Larajane is 4 :-)

Anyway, congrats on your success and to Vincent who has been added that truly a joy with your family.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Having kids definitely has sped time up quite a bit. Vin is already 8 months old and we have no idea where the time went.
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herinnelson Premium
Wow! This post paints the WHOLE PICTURE of WA! Super AWESOME visuals of you and your family, your office..and the marinelife! I truly love the image this portrays in my mind and it will be so motivating to all who view it! Great way to capture your audience!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Glad you liked it! Thanks for reading :)
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Belden Premium
What a nice life you have there, Steve. A true definition of success. Thank you for sharing:)
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks for reading!
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Zarina Premium
You guys are TOO cute!!! Of course, Vince is the cutest :D

Say hi to Ian and Dom - if I am not mistaken you guys are hanging out together in Maui this time ;)

You always were an inspiration to me and I look forward to achieving the same level of success as you, Steve!
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IveTriedThat Premium
It weirds me out a bit that you know that, but yes we are all out here together haha
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Zarina Premium
Hahaha I knew you'd say something like that!

Just been chatting with Dom and Ian a few weeks ago :)
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DomW Premium
#Stalkersgonnastalk
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Zarina Premium
#rollingonthefloorlaughing xD
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Zarina Premium
Have fun, guys!
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laurenjean Premium
Wonderful Steve! What a charmed life you, Amanda and Vincent are living. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous shots and a glimpse into your world.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Any chance I get to show off my photos and now my kid, I'm going to take it! Thank you for taking the time to read it.
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JamesJB Premium
Well done, and you have a beautiful family to complement your work.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks James :)
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DomW Premium
You've done like 3 hours work the whole trip
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IveTriedThat Premium
Hey man, the first 2 days we were getting settled in. These whales ain't gonna watch themselves.
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DarleneB Premium
Yes, that is truly success. Vincent is so cute. Enjoy your stay.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you Darlene :)
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LizK82 Premium
This is indeed a true definition of success. Awesome. Enjoy....
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you Eli :)
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stn67 Premium
I have still not found my personal formula to work an entire day on my computer
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IveTriedThat Premium
Repetition, repetition, repetition, habit.
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stn67 Premium
I feel slowly developing at that point I feel. It's more that working alone that I have not learned yet
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Anh Premium
This is so awesome, Steve. :) I was wondering what success really means when I was notified of your new post.

In my experience, living the laptop life sure is different than what I though of it at first. It’s very different than all the hypes. And I love that you are honest about it and showing us how you are still hard at work and doing your best while also taking breaks to enjoy your vacation.

That’s the cutest little upgrade by the way! :)

Cheers,
Anh
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IveTriedThat Premium
The only reason why you get to live the laptop life is because you put in the time to make it so. Yes, living a life of leisure and never having to work is the dream, but outside of a few very lucky people (lottery winners) all of us will have to put forth a solid effort.
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Anh Premium
Well said! Enjoy your stay. :)
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cookins25 Premium
I would say that is definitely a good definition for success. :)

I hope you have fun while there, and be sure to take more picture as well -- the ones you show always come out so vivid and clear.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Michael! We have a few whale tours scheduled so I hope to post some good whale pictures later in the week.
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ThomasJohns1 Premium
Have a great time
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IveTriedThat Premium
Will do Thomas.
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heljam404A Premium
Great looking family, enjoy your life!
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Robert :)
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Charles39 Premium
Nice place to unwind hope i will get to that level
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IveTriedThat Premium
It's not really a matter of if or hopes. It's about putting the hours in.
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Charles39 Premium
Thenks iam going to put alot hours if need be
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Elijah1916 Premium
Enjoy. Lol
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Lanu!
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SondraM Premium
Vincent is getting cuter and cuter....

The digital nomad lifestyle sounds great to me. I like your definition of success.
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IveTriedThat Premium
He's certainly growing into his hair at least haha. We're just happy he's as laid back as we are (usually) or else this would be an entirely different trip.
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QYTan Premium
I guess it is called working holiday LOL.
Have a great time with your success (family).
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IveTriedThat Premium
Have to keep working so we can continue to go on holidays.
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TonyHamilton Premium
Awesome Steve!

True definition to Success for sure!

Tony
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Tony!
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Melissa901 Premium
Amazing story thank you and you have a beautiful little one
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thanks Melissa! He sure does love the camera.
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Melissa901 Premium
You are welcome
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ElianeLima Premium
Inspiring!
Thanks for sharing.
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IveTriedThat Premium
Happy to Eliane!
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JerryMcCoy Premium
like the upgrade and the pics
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IveTriedThat Premium
He makes work a little more difficult but a lot more worth it.
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Ongchannel Premium
It is Monday am in Singapore here.. Lol.
Was reading things on mindfulness last evening... Enjoy the moment ..
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IveTriedThat Premium
Thank you! :)
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HowardJaros Premium
That's awesome! Enjoy your time there Steve.
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IveTriedThat Premium
I will for sure! Thanks Howard!
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