No matter how many language classes you've taken, there’s one thing you can’t be taught unless you immerse yourself deep into the heart of another culture, and that is the true essence of a word or phrase in its native language. Translation is technical, and can only take you so far.  Having a real understanding of the words you use, and the deep-rooted history of their meaning, is what makes the difference between speaking from the mind, and speaking from the heart. And so we’ve highlighted 14 wonderful, untranslatable, and slightly elusive words from around the world below.  We hope you enjoy the trip!

From medieval cities and abbeys where the monks run their own breweries to sandy beaches and densely forested hills, Belgium is a little country that packs a big punch. It may be small in size, but Belgium is absolutely brimming with culture and beauty, and is sure to leave you in awe of its rich and gorgeous heritage. This, among countless other reasons, is why Lifebook Members chose Belgium as one of the top places in the world they would like to travel with fellow Lifebook Members (as indicated on our 2012 Lifebook Travel Survey). And a couple months ago, they got their wish. Last September, 8 Lifebook VIP Members embarked on an unforgettable journey into the heart of this magical European nation, and 38 of their most breathtaking photos are here to tell the story. Enjoy the images below, and get fired up for the next Lifebook travel adventure!

By Lifebook Members Jared and Lindsay Yellin Your home is a direct reflection of your ability to succeed in all categories. Okay, we know this is bold, but this is our belief and our reality. We have always lived in wonderful places, but we never took the time to look at our home as a sanctuary that focuses on serenity, passion, love, and excitement. We never really thought about bringing in all five senses and we never even considered spending as much time as we did going through this extremely intimate experience. But now that we are on the other side of building our ideal sanctuary, we wanted to introduce you to the blueprint we created which will work with any size budget.
Watch the video below to see how we did it, and follow the steps outlined beneath it to create your own “Sanctuary Blueprint!”

Lifebook's Principle of Limited Focus says that being selective and DOING LESS is the key to accomplishing MORE. In other words, what we DON’T DO is every bit as important as what we choose to DO. This has been a favorite among VIPs and can prove to be life transforming if applied correctly... As Lifebook VIPs, our ultimate goal is to become 12-category smart. But 12 categories can be a lot to manage. Creating and maintaining high levels of health and fitness, and career & financial success, and balancing it with an extraordinary love life, a fulfilling social life, fantastic parenting, fulfilling emotions and spirituality… it’s quite a challenge. But it’s absolutely necessary if we want to live extraordinary lives.

Want to hear what Jon, Missy and the Lifebook Team want to do before they die?  Well here it is – Our EXOTIC Bucket List - featuring some of planet Earth’s most daring, beautiful and mind opening adventures.  Are you in?!

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When it comes to travel, the question Missy and I are most often asked is, “What was your favorite trip ever?” The answer to that question is simple; there is NO WAY we can answer that question! Every trip we’ve taken has been different and wonderful in it’s own way… From luxurious indulgences in SE Asia to challenging safaris in sub-Saharan Africa, from short romantic getaways in Europe to extended stays in 3rd world countries, from rainforest treks with our friends to awesome educational adventures with our kids… It's just impossible to single out one travel experience as our favorite trip ever. But Missy and I really DO want to share some of our travel experiences with you, so we created a series of posts that outline some of our favorite trips BY THEME.

Transylvania, surrounded by the mighty Carpathian mountains of Central Romania, is one of Europe’s best kept secrets... Missy and I spent a week driving through this beautiful region and it was one of the most unusual and enjoyable travel adventures we’d ever had together. From the moment we crossed the border from Hungary, it was “goodbye Starbuck’s and McDonald’s” and we spent the next 7 days exploring ancient castles, virgin forests, medieval towns and rural villages that haven’t changed much since the 18th century. The name Transylvania conjures up images of vampires, werewolves and haunted castles – and there is a very good reason for that...

Myanmar, formerly Burma, is one of the most mysterious and undiscovered destinations in the world. One of South East Asia’s largest and most diverse countries, it is situated on the vast Indian Ocean in between the two great Asian civilizations of India and Thailand. A land of breathtaking beauty and charm, it has only recently begun to emerge into the modern world. Myanmar is called “the MOST Buddhist country on earth”. And for good reason…

Two of our dearest friends were invited to attend a wedding in La Paz, Bolivia (how random is that?) and they asked us if we wanted to join them. Heck yes! (it doesn’t take much to get Missy and me to jump at a chance to go somewhere we’ve never been before…) And we all decided that, since we’ll be in the neighborhood, we should stop by Machu Piccu in Peru to take in one of the world’s most awesome sights at the same time! So off we flew! Miami to Panama, Panama to Ecuador, then over the great desert lake of Titicaca and straight on to Bolivia...