Friday, June 14, 2013

Rhonda Albom: Focus, Fun, and Adventure!

Focus is the buzz word of the day around our house. I am focused on our upcoming Alaska travel plans in an effort to avoid some of the mishaps of our last adventure. Hubby is focused on what ever it is that rocket scientists do in their spare time, our teens are focused on our soon to arrive house guests and, of course their education. I should introduce myself, I am Rhonda from Laugh Quotes. com. I am a travel photographer, humor writer, homeschool mom, American expat based in New Zealand and I race yachts in my free time.
Rhonda Albom from Laugh-Quotes

Our life is an exciting adventure and I try to live by my favorite quote (attributed to Mark Twain):

“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Rhonda Albom from Laugh-Quotes
Here we are on a dragon boat in Beijing, China

If you are wondering why I write a travel humor blog of randomness entitled Laugh-Quotes, don't worry, so am I. In 2012, as we laughed our way around the world the focus changed, yet it retained its stupid name.
To bring the focus back to AtoZ, I thought I would share my reflections poem from the 2013 AtoZ challenge. I went for a theme - Travel Tips I Learned the Hard Way. Another year finished. Before I sign off of the AtoZ Challenge 2013 Can I tell you my views? Don't run away. Everything is cool, Funny, fabulous and filled with new friends all Going the distance. Humor and travel were my focus, Idiots that we were on the road. Joining in to AtoZ, Keeping a focus on one topic, Laughing as I go, Made the blog hop that much more challenging. Never a dull moment. Opportunities to meet new friends. Pausing for a breath or Quiet time Rarely happened in April. So we all pushed to the end. Tired, Unnerved, Victororius. When we finished Xtatic at learning how to use X without the E. You did it too? Now it's time for . . . Zzzzzz

Now that the Challenge is but a memory, what are you focused on?

PS: I also write a blog called Kibitz Spot, but is so far off this topic I wasn't sure I should even mention it.

Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm and love of adventure with us! Best of luck in all your travels!


  1. Great post love all of what you said. You lead an envious life, I'd love to try som eof what you do.
    Liked the bog as well

  2. Wonderful post and cleverly written.


  3. I would love to be able to travel as much as you do...totally jealous!
    Thanks for taking the time to be here today. The whole team appreciates your efforts!
    Tina @ Life is Good

  4. I'm focused on trying to make ends meet. And unclog my kitchen drain.

  5. You're so lucky to travel and a sense of humour goes a long way. I'm trying to focus on completing my first MG novel Monster City.

  6. Clever alphabet lineup of advice! I, too, thrive on travel. . . Enjoy your journey.

  7. Bill: Thanks. We just try to have fun.

    Yvonne: It was my first poem, glad you liked it.

    Tina: Thanks for inviting me (and everyone), it was fun.

    Sheena: I wish I was trying to complete my book, I am still on first draft.

    Jarm: The poem was really fun to write. As for the journey we are nearly ready to start our count down.

  8. Nice photo and Very interesting posts. Thank for so much. I love it very much and will recommend it to all of my friend. I would also like to invite you to visit my blog at and share all the baby thing with you.

  9. Hi Rhonda! Fantastic quote, wonderful family photo, and I loved taking another trip from A to Z with you! Have a great time in Alaska!


  10. Hi Rhonda .. as Julie says I love the quote - seems just such a wonderful view of life .. live it.

    You always give us so much fun and laughter .. and obviously show us much of the world many of us won't get a chance to see ..

    Alaska and catching up with many of your family and friends sounds an excellent trip ahead ..

    Enjoy and looking forward to reading your postings .. cheers Hilary

  11. Sounds fun! There's a freedom to the ExPat life that I relished while living overseas. sounds like it's your MO! Enjoy!


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