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Fitness in the Time of Quarantine

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Pre-quarantine, I was a gym junkie. I didn’t know how to workout without a weight rack, stair master or group workout class. Then quarantine happened, and we all had to get creative. Earlier in the year, I started going to a physical therapist for a pinched L4/L5, which meant cutting down on a ton of…
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So You Want to Talk About Human Trafficking. This Is What You Need To Know

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What is Human Trafficking?  So many people have heard of human trafficking, but don’t exactly understand what it entails and the scope of the issue. Human Trafficking is a global issue. It does not exist in one part of the world- it exists all over. 25 million people are trafficked globally every year and it is the second largest criminal industry in the world. Second...
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Why You Need to Visit Buenos Aires: Your Ultimate Guide

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This thriving metropolitan in South America attracts visitors near and far, with an increase of digital nomads and expats. If you’re planning to visit Buenos Aires, this guide will tell you what to do, where to eat, how to visit and everything in between. Buenos Aires is one of those places that evokes one of two reactions: “I’m dying to go there,” or “Is it...
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Happiness Is A Skill — Issue #7 — What does it mean to be big?

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Happiness Is A Skill is a weekly newsletter dedicated to learning the skill of happiness. Subscribe at http://learnhappy.brookesiem.com/Continue reading on Happiness Is A Skill »
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Guest Post: Ways of Incredible Marketing for Service Business

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From the ever-changing universe of promotion, companies are always on the watch for new and innovative tactics to market their goods to a broader audience. Occasionally, service-centric businesses find themselves missed in a sea full of organizations advertising products. Well, in other words, the advertising and marketing for service businesses is not a simple feat. […] The post Guest Post: Ways of Incredible Marketing for...
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Happiness Is A Skill — Issue #6 — Pick one thing and do it right. Every time.

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Happiness Is A Skill is a weekly newsletter dedicated to learning the skill of happiness. Subscribe at http://learnhappy.brookesiem.com/Continue reading on Happiness Is A Skill »
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Everything You Need to Know to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

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Whether you have to fly home because of COVID-19 or you’re about to embark on your next international flight, long-haul flights don’t have to be torture. Use these tips and tricks as a survival guide to survive your next long-haul flight.  Most of us love to travel, but few of us actually enjoy the transport aspect of travel. Flying is no exception. If you want...
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Happiness Is A Skill — Issue #5 — Awakening to the work of a human being.

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Happiness Is A Skill is a weekly newsletter dedicated to learning the skill of happiness. Subscribe at http://learnhappy.brookesiem.com/Continue reading on Happiness Is A Skill »
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Rosé: More Than A Church Wine

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Did you know that Rosé was the first wine created back around 7000 BC? How cool is that? Apparently, red and white wines didn’t come until a few thousand years later. That’s one helluva gap in wine creation! I discovered this nugget of knowledge just a couple weeks ago when I was looking up fun... The post Rosé: More Than A Church Wine appeared first...
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8 Tips You Need To Be Successful At Working From Home

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Working from home is a relatively new concept that is becoming more popular every day. Thanks to COVID-19, more employers are jumping on the remote work bandwagon than ever before. Hopefully this is a trend that is here to stay.  The freedom and flexibility that comes from a remote work life is unparalleled. Most people tend to increase their productivity while minimizing the hours worked....
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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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