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OOTD: Plus Size Maxi Dresses

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I have never worn a plus size maxi dress. Ever. It’s just never been my thing. I have wide hips, smaller legs, and a small bust. Shopping is hard enough as a curvy lady with only some curves! The idea of finding a maxi dress that is flattering and doesn’t do some weird scrunching on my hips and ass seemed impossible. Guess I just needed...
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I Jumped Off a Bridge (and You Can Too!)

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Usually a leap of faith isn’t meant literally. When I spent the weekend in Guatapé, Colombia I didn’t even realize I would be taking one. The experience was already better than I was expecting. The group of us, who had been traveling together for 11 months with Remote Year, rode on the top of vans down the breathtaking countryside, hiked up to see landscape views...
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Change can happen in an instant.

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3 months ago today. A lovely summer day in Leipzig, Germany. My parents had left after a wonderful visit. Neil Jennings and I had finished a very successful presentation at Peter Wald’s HRInnoDay2019 with Octagon Careers, our start-up, which we left everything to pursue.My back was a little sore. My mom asked me to please get it checked out. I said it was nothing. She convinced...
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Seeking Spirit

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I am not a guru or any other relative term you can think of that exist within the spiritual community. Well, at least not yet. I’m just another person here on Earth that is actively seeking higher understanding and a sense of knowing as I move through life. I have been on this path for a while now. In some … The post Seeking Spirit...
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Learning Reiki

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The greatest experience I had in Thailand was definitely my time spent becoming a certified Reiki Practitioner. I made the decision to take the Level 1 and Level 2 courses at Orion Healing Center after having an incredibly healing and energetically activating Reiki session from my new friend Nancy at the Center. For the few short days of my Reiki … The post Learning Reiki...
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Sak Yant Tattoo in Cambodia

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For many years of my life I always firmly believed that I would never get a tattoo. That mentality wasn’t because I hated tattoos or had any negative beliefs towards them, I simply never thought I’d come across any options that had enough meaning for me to permanently mark my body. I’ve always enjoyed seeking people display their body art … The post Sak Yant...
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Know Thyself

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Most people who have heard the phrase “know thyself” hardly pause to give much contemplation to its meaning. The path to grasping the depth of this statement is unending and can take a person on multidimensional journeys of self-awareness and exploration, but where does one begin? There is undoubtedly a massive growth of consciousness happening on the planet, but there … The post Know Thyself...
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Hanoi wrap up: Thoughts on month 5

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(a.k.a. the sweatiest, smelliest, craziest month yet) Background Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and has a population around 8 million, according to the latest numbers. It’s sometimes dubbed the “Paris of the East,” due to the French influences (though I think that is MUCH TOO generous). One of the first things we asked
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(today is the greatest…day of all)

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Today is my 28th re-birth day. A noticeable pause in the story of life to catalog a chapter passed and set a thesis for the next one ahead. Since our last check-in on my 27th birthday when I was feeling “on top of the world” – new city, new job, new apartment, etc., things have noticeably come back down to reality from the initial high...
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Hanoi: Apartment and office tour

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Apartment This month found us fairly spread out again. About half of the group were in buildings about 5 minutes from the workspace, and the rest of us were clumped in smaller groups in a radius around the workspace. Minutes to the workspace: 12 grueling, sweat soaked minutes, according to google. Style: studio apartment Roommates:
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Spring Events

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I’ve got some really exciting book appearances coming up this spring, so if you’re in any of these cities at the right time, please come and say hi: March 23rd @ 1pmLocal Author Signing South Hills Village Barnes & Noble Pittsburgh, PA April 11th @ 7pm In-Conversation with Tracy Banghart (author of Grace and Fury) Trident Booksellers Boston, MA April 12th @ (time TBD) In-Conversation with Tracy...
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Remote Year: Street Photography in Lisbon, Portugal

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure statement. One of my goals this year is to up my game in street photography. Starting in Lisbon, Portugal with Remote Year is truly one of the best travel destinations in the world to capture some compelling street photography shots. When you first hit the streets of Lisbon you may think it’s a bit chaotic. I know...
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Remote Year: One Month Reflection

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It’s weird to think that I’ve been traveling for almost 2 months now, and almost all of that has been international. It’s even weirder to think that I’ve been living in Lisbon for five weeks and it completely feels like home. So much so that the idea of moving to Croatia tomorrow fills me with anxiety, and leaves me a little bit sad. Leave Lisbon?...
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Remote Year Month #8 in Review: Lisbon

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I can’t believe I have now wrapped up my time in Europe. Lisbon was an incredible city to end the experience in, full of culture, captivating beach waves and incredible port close by. I also flew to London and Belfast on two separate occasions; the weekly travel reminded me of consulting travel projects. Below is my month in review of Lisbon. Took a little longer...
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The City of Illusion

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An island of 1.6 million people becomes a minefield of memories.Continue reading on Medium »
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Friendship breakups are weird and hard

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Friendship break ups are a mysterious thing. Unlike regular breakups, where we have rituals, romcoms, cliches, basically a script to follow, friendship breakups are a much murkier proposition.How do you tell a friend that your lives no longer align? That you no longer find the relationship mutually beneficial? You don't dislike the person, you just aren't inclined to spend time or energy to continue to...
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Euro Trip 2018: Part Deux

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The month of July was going to spent in Split, Croatia. I was excited for this month for multiple reasons. The month did not disappoint and was a month full of my new catch phrase “No Bad Days”. Remote Year Darien Reunion - Part TwoCroatia would bring me back together with several of my friends from my Remote Year Darien group. It was great to...
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Stone’s Miles: I Am Building Myself.

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Lisbon Update: I ate grilled salmon. I shared stories with new friends. I took yoga in Portuguese. I explored Alfama and did a walking tour. I ate pasteis de nata (again and again again). I cooked dinner with friends. I took Portuguese class. I ate an entire dinner of codfish. I took a cocktail class. I took surfing lessons. I learned how to slice cheese...
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The Coast

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While almost every place I see on my travels holds value, the coasts and beaches have really continued to be my favourites.  The west coast of Chile was no different.  Concon was the highlight of the day with its smaller but increasingly modern vibes and largely untouched coast.   A place I could see myself returning to visit for a longer stay.   Concon Vina Del...
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100 Days of RY Aurora: Number 100 – just data with a soul

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I’m spending a year traveling the world with Remote Year Aurora: a group of fifty-something strangers that came together last New Year’s Eve to form a nomad community. Last month we passed our one hundredth day on this experience, and in the spirit of “doing something different” with this podcast, over a span of two weeks I spoke with twenty-seven people from the cohort in...
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