the world needs more love and hope

I got a message today from a complete stranger. Ok, we have been getting a lot of messages today. That said, “I just wanted to say I think you’re totally amazing human beings.”

What if every text, letter, or subway interaction was like this? What if we all became vandals… graffiti artists tagging complementary words in dark alleys with broad strokes. And what is it about our nature that can be bathed in blessing but forget all when we see a grain of negativity.

Instead of looking for the injustices why can’t we see the benefits? The good that’s being done?

The response to the “Travel Nanny” video has been an enlightening case study for me . . . based on comments, most see what we are doing like we do. Wonderful, once in a lifetime, dream… Tagged in thousands of comments.  Yet others look for inequalities.

I can logically see that they are the minority of the minority. But like a pebble in my shoe, I can’t help but think about it. So, I would like to shout, into an empty room if necessary, the principles that guide our decision to live out of a suitcase and show our kids grand sights.

Five Take Flight does not tolerate negativity. We don’t want it in our life. We strive to live a life of kindness. We decorate our home with honesty, never taking advantage, and above all, wanting to excel in our greatest responsibility. Parenthood.

Through this nanny process I’ve seen a lot of amazing, talented, and kind people apply. The world is full of us! Please stick around in my life! Continue to send me your heartfelt comments. There are a lot of happy people in the world! Don’t let the media and the comments you see make you feel otherwise. Yet it is our nature to give  negative voices the most focus. I just want mankind to be loving and respectful to each other. Life can be hard. Why make it harder by posting a mean comment or a negative thought? How does that benefit the world or your own personal well being?

We are going on this adventure to simply show that people can reach their goals, can have big dreams, and to inspire hope. When I am gone from this life I want to leave it better than I found it.

I don’t want to be living on a dying planet. I mean that in two ways. First physically from our environmental impact and second spiritually. That we don’t kill each other’s hopes, lives, and self esteem with our words.

Another social media family said something very poignant tonight, “The only way to battle the bad is to create the good.” That is my intent with our social media shenanigans. To create smiles, love, and hope one post at a time.



53 thoughts on “the world needs more love and hope”

  1. Incredibly excited to follow your journey, to follow your lead…to follow in your passion for life!!! Keep on keepin on – and know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of so many kindred spirits 🙂

  2. Hey, we are a French family of 5 and I would be happy to host you in our home when your journey will bring you to Paris. If you are interested, please dig into this when time comes as we can host the 5 of you in our basement with a private shower. For the nanny, we would have to be creative but maybe a small Airbnb room could be positive for you to save some money and for her to appreciate Paris by herself for 1 or 2 nights…
    Anyway, I will like your FB page to enjoy your posts. I have been spending some months in the Caribbean islands when I was a younger single girl and I had met so many families sailing around the globe there that I still have this kind of idea in the bottom of my head. Meeting you guys and sharing this kind of opportunities with my kids and husband would be a great small one to my view 🙂
    All the best for this new year!

    1. I think your family is doing is really wonderful. You have inspired me to dream bigger than my small town in Wisconsin. There is so much world out there and broadening our horizons is one of the greatest ways to open our hearts to all walks of life. I completely agree in that they only way to tackle to the bad is to create good. If we want to challenge those who spread hate we must instigate love. Thanks for not only being the chance you wish to see but inspiring me to do the same.

    2. Your families positive attitude is a breath of fresh air. When I showed the position of Nanny to my kids they said go for it Mum it’s made for you. My friends and family said things on a very similar line….I have been caring for and home schooling a very special young man for three years now, I have always worked in a carer roll of some form or another (Mum, Step-Mum, School Aid, Special Needs, Ambo to name a few). Last year I traveled for nine weeks in Europe five of them solo staying in bnb, hotels, and backpackers just love travel and believe I have the energy to give you guys the support you and the kids need. I may have come in a little late to be considered but I sincerely hope not. Not the right channels I know for applying but I’m up and out there on fb. Thanks in advance for taking time to read this. Darrlyn🙈🙉🙊🙄

  3. I’ve only been following you guys for a few days and I can’t get enough ! You and your family are some of the coolest people I know ! The love you all have for each other is beyond amazing and so inspiring !

  4. I have been working with children for as long as I can remember, I love being around them. I also know CPR & First Aid. I have worked for a few churches, I currently work with a company for an on call babysitter and I was a part time Nanny for a family.

  5. I love this! There’s a lot of negative people out there but you just have to stay positive and not accept what they say. I love your outlook on life.. You’re such an inspirational family. I hope to meet someone someday that shares my same love for traveling so then we could possibly do something like you guys!

  6. I travelled the world before I had children, I have 2 and pregnant with my third! I love what your doing and it has been a dream of mine foreveer to take my kids around the world! I will make it happen sometime soon! Good luck and best adventures! New Zealand is great!!!! Stay there as long as you can and see everything 🙂

  7. Looking forward to learn from your family as you bless each place you visit with your presence…

    If by any chance you get to visit Philippines, it will be my privilege to welcome your family in our home…


  8. I love this post, Kenzie! My sentiments exactly…. the world deserves more kindness and gratitude 😊 One of my favorite sayings is: “If you see somebody without a smile, give them yours.”

    Your family journey around the world sounds absolutely fantastic and I shall definitely be putting myself forward for the travel nanny position! What a great experience for your children (and you and Derek!). I’m excited for you all! 😄🙏🏻

  9. You sound like such beauitful, loving, kind and wonderful people! My kind of people 🙂 Your children are so blessed to have parents that recognize the importance of traveling the world but also spending family time together, all while leaving an impression on the places you visit. Whether I join you or not, I can’t wait to see the amazing nanny you will choose and all the adventures you will have together! This is so exciting, my heart is so overjoyed for you! Best of luck to everyone. God bless & Namaste <3

  10. your video made me smile. Love to see people
    Pursuing their dreams and sharing positive vibes with the world. Sounds amazing. Safe travels and bon voyage!

  11. I love the positivity and creativity that you inspire in others. I really hope I get to join you on what has the makings to be an epic adventure(:

  12. YES!! This is definitely something I strive to live by! Live in a way to encourages and uplifts others, not puts them down or negates their lives and their feelings. We are all human and makes mistakes, but we can’t simply focus on that. 🙂 I love that you’re wanting to include others in your dream of exploring and experiencing the world as you make it a better place and keep your family together. Continue to follow your dreams and achieve your goals. 🙂 You’re doing awesomely. 🙂

  13. You and you’re family are an inspiration. I just found your channel and blog today but you’ve made such an impact on me. You’ve gotten me thinking on what I want my life to be like as I grow up, start my life, have a family. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you all! And by the way, Derek is right (based on what he said in a vlog) you are an AMAZING writer.

  14. Amazing words, spoken as if from my own heart (but decidedly more eloquently!) I am in the process of applying for the position to travel with you and your wonderful family. Best of luck in your search 🙂

  15. So inspiring! Love the positivity and the idea of leaving the world better than you found it. I can’t wait to see where your travels take you this coming year.

  16. Thankful that there are people like you and your family that want to do nothing but spread positivity and love! <3

  17. Hey there!

    Fellow youtubers and new subscribers here. We started our channel to promote EXACYLY this message.

    I grew up around a lot of negativity, but always knew I had the power to turn negative into positive. I love making people happy and seeing your message made me feel not so alone in this message.

    With all of the negativity we encounter, sometimes it’s hard to remember that there are genuine good hearts out there. We’re with ya!

    -Husband and Husband.

  18. Love this blog post.
    Especially the advice “Create the good.”
    My take on that is:
    be yourself, do what you want, how you want, share as much as you want as often as you want.
    “Let your light shine brightly and it will eclipse the darkness”

    We’re a family of 4 who have just spent 4 months travelling around India and South East Asia. Our boys and 10 and 12, so we have had slightly different challenges to the ones you will face.
    (Taking a nanny is an excellent idea!)

    Cat Ba Island in Vietnam was our 10 year olds absolute favourite location. While for our 12 year old it was Adventure Cove on Sentosa Island in Singapore. (Both these work for children of any age!)
    Backpacking with children gets the adults, who have the privilege to travel with them, looking at the countries you visit together through your children’s eyes and discovering amazing things that most adults miss!
    We’ve found some great Couchsurfing Hosts that have helped us get closer to the lives of the people who live everyday in the places that we have visited.
    We’ve also found that plenty of education opportunities just sort of found us. For us homeschooling was a lot easier than we had expected.

    Our Top Tip is buy 2 (or 3) Sim/Data cards when you arrive in a country and keep them topped up.
    Little things like being able to track your journey on google maps was invaluable and helped us relax so much more on long bus or train journeys.

    1. Thanks for the information and inspiration! It’s great to hear about how other families have made this work!

  19. The Travellers Ten. The Ten Terpsichorean Transcontinentals.

    It’s got a ring to it, y’gotta admit! 😉 Just sayin’…

    Just came across your guys’ page. Uh, hello insanely awesome year ahead of you all!! Very jealous. I’ve always had the travel bug, since I was little…hm, maybe bc I started my life out travelling from the other side of the globe, to here! Will most def be following along virtually…unless you like the name change so much that I’m literally following along. 🙂

    I know, I know, ten would be crazy. CRAZY. No worries though, we’d totally be willing to forego the monthly salary! See, there’s $1200- $1400 a month back in your pockets! The benefits of adding 5 more to your trip are starting before your trip even does! 😉 And you don’t know about me and my 4 yet! Oh and I’m gonna tell you, as far-fetched an idea as it is, I can at least toss it out there! 🙂

    I did 3.5 years of college, in teacher ed. My husband is currently a picu nurse (has been for almost a decade now), and was an adult ccu rn for a number of years before that. I’ve been a photographer for a long time now, done the whole gamut (babies, families, boudoir, weddings, seniors, etc). Oh, and for schooling, all the kids would have the best of both worlds (or, best of both sides of the brain): I love any and all artsy crafty kind of things, love fiction reading, and was an above average student. My hubs loves biographies, non-fiction, and the science side of things (I know, I’m asian, I’m supposed to love science and math right?? I’m fine at it, but def don’t love it haha! Although I really think I’d be an exceptional surgeon, but that’s off topic.). Not to mention, we’ve always talked about selling everything, buying an rv, and signing my husband up for a travel nurse position. Our 3 kids (10, 7, 5) would be great for yours too, hello instant playmates! Plus, our oldest, she’s a little mother so she’d be an extra helper bonus. Hm, what else to sell you on this expansion…oh, now is also perfect timing bc my hubby has just started sending out resumes! Our kids have always had an extremely flexible schedule (thanks to their mom not being a morning person, and not being a schedule person haha), so they’re great at going with the flow, as am I! The hubs, not as much, but a trip of this magnitude would def need SOME ppl that figure out plans and schedules and all that stuff. 🙂

    Alright, off the top of my head and the tips of my thumbs, that’s all I got. 🙂 Seriously, think about it!! And after you do (and are done laughing hysterically about my proposal), I look forward to hearing from you! 😉

    1. Haha! This was a great read! Thanks for taking the time to send this to us! I like people who think outside the box!

      1. Most people who know me understand that I am hyper-focused; the things I care about, I do so passionately. I call some very young little people friend. My role as their friend seems very surreal at times and too real at others. Because of my friends, I want to be the best friend I can but know I am not perfect by most people’s standards but I know that in imperfection we also find perfection. I am basically limited in my topics of conversations. I am easily intimidate me with complex and convoluted theories. My ideas are simple, and straightforward. I can be heard repeating the same things I said before I will say them over and over again“Thanks for being my friend.” Or “I need you to use your words” “good thinking” “thanks for sharing” “what an awesome helper you are” “ I’m so glad you’re here” “you are so fun” and my personal favorite “I love you”
        I get excited by my ideas it doesn’t mean you have to. I get excited by simple things, like the stars at night, so innocent looking in the sky from this distance but if you get too close they can consume you. I have had the idea that for many people, they are afraid the little children will consume them. So they keep a safe distance. For me, the lights that shine from little children, give me just enough light so that I see things clearly, I know I am really good with young children which I do agree; it does make me sound very vain. I could never really accept that the universe truly meant for me, to be really good with young children.

  20. Taking your family to connect to the world on the most basic of levels, the human level, is probably the most amazing thing people can do in their lives. The Dalai Lama said, “We’ve always got to be recognizing that despite the aberrations, the fundamental thing about humanity, about humankind, about people is that they are good, they are made good and they really want to be good. Yes there are many, many things that can depress us. But there are also very many things that are fantastic about our world. Unfortunately the media do not report on these because they are not seen as news.” It is hard to ignore the negative in life but the choice that your family has made to remain positive IS was the world consists of and it will be an amazing year for everyone involved to see this first hand.
    I hope to connect with your family more!

  21. What a beautiful idea for you to inspire others to follow your dreams. You have said everything, the world needs more love and what really matters is to do our part and leave some contribution to the evolution of the human being, because material things remain and what is taken is what we actually live. Congratulations and I wish you the best. Once I read that the human being begins to die when he stops dreaming and your purpose in dividing and making a difference in this world is very noble.

  22. You guys have such beautiful souls! I applied for your nanny position and weather I get it or not I love that I have been connectedoing with such a positive family to follow on their journey and guide with love on mine! I just started looking for a life path and jobs and such and it’s funny that Facebook knew I needed someone like you in my life to remind me not to think small and to follow my dreams!

  23. Hi! Mam! Sir, your so amazing people. I’m Filipina working here Singapore and taking care 3 childrens and I never experienced that my employer bring me holiday with them I’m always stay alone with there parents. And I read your message from google looking for nanny and have very good offer,wow so great ur so good people.hope u can choose very good nanny.. And god bless ur family!

  24. It doesn’t surprise me that your response to finding someone to travel with your family has been overwhelming. What an amazing gift you are offering. Selfishly I’m hoping that you will look @ the waiting list, as that’s where I’m residing.

  25. I think you are an amazing mum (and writer) and I know your children will grow up to be kind and wonderful human beings as well! I am actually so envious since my parents are the exact opposite and they have opposed my traveling (I’m currently teaching in Japan now) and diminish my dreams and aspirations to being idealistic and romantic, and totally not feasible. Started following you guys ever since I applied for the nanny job which the cynical side of me is saying that there’s probably a one in a one in a million chance of getting it since I’m Asian and the notion of white supremacy has long taken root in our minds and government since we were born, as much as we try to deny and resist it. BUT that’s not the point here, just wanted to say it’s so very lovely to read an article overflowing with positivity, kindness, consideration and reflection. I think I have grown to be a little more cynical as I grow older and I’m only 23. Can’t imagine how hard-hearted I would grow to be if I didn’t cherish the little acts of kindness I see in everyday life and God’s love, and just appreciating all that I have. Please keep spreading your kindness, love and positivity and I will too (on the other side of the world)! It’s amazing how social media has allowed so many people from different countries and background to connect with each other. Press on even in times of trouble and adversity, and may God continue to bless your family! Sending lots of love xoxo

  26. This is amazing. I was thinking lately that there was so much negativity in the world but then I read things like this and I just can’t think the same way as before. Thank you for being like this, whether I join you or not I want you to know that this website and knowing you gave me hope 🙂

    Greetings from Spain, I really hope you’re very lucky in your travels and you have lots of fun 🙂


  27. Hello I’m from Costa Rica my name is Luis Diego Vargas I’m 28 years old I have a big family that now has 5 girls I love with my soul ppr things in life I do not have children but it’s my impossible dream I call it I would be a big pride to be Part of his beautiful family and help them with the boys

  28. Hi my name is jenny l’m a Korean and 21 years old
    I live with grandmother, father, mother, brother.
    My grandmother lived with the example cooking, and learned a lot. I would like to tell Korean culture languages. My English is good. Prepared to study for a trip with your family. I go to university in Korea. My major is child education. Take good care of children.
    I am very interested in children’s education can teach children well. My bucket list, travel around the world, my favorite, with children more likely to be happy.
    I want to do with your family. I’ll wait for your answer. My email address:

  29. I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back in the future. Many thanks

  30. Thank you for your beautiful message! Your families goals are such an inspiration to so many out there. We can all work together to make this world a little more positive. Cheers!

  31. Hello, my English is not the best but I just want to say I share your feelings towards the world and the poor quality of life of many people, mainly the parents who are raising their children without the most important values. Friendship, loyalty, love to others, less materialistic. You are young and doing things right.

  32. This is absolutely beautiful! I just applied for the nanny position and wish I had done so sooner as you guys have received so many and may not even reach mine! Whoever you guys choose though will be very lucky to share a year with such lovely family. May we all continue to spread love and acceptance to everyone around us. Thank you for reminding us all to take a leap out of our comfort zone… there is so much to see !

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