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Body Relaxation Meditation to Melt Away Anxiety

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Have you ever been told to relax more during a massage? I remember being told over and over to relax or let go. Try as hard as I could, my shoulders remained pulled up to my ears and I began to think the masseuse was full of crap. “I am relaxing, darn it!” I would think begrudgingly. It took me years of yoga and mindfulness...
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My Marrakech Yoga StudioFound the cutest studio in the world: THEYOGiINMEIt was surprisingly…

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My Marrakech Yoga StudioFound the cutest studio in the world: THEYOGiINMEIt was surprisingly difficult to find a yoga studio for the month in Marrakech- most were very expensive drop-in prices that clearly catered to tourists. I was so lucky to be recommended by a local to THEYOGiINME, an adorable studio just down the street from the workspace. The price for an unlimited month was super...
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The 7 MVP’s of my Remote Year Suitcase

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I’ve been living out of a suitcase for nearly three months — here’s what I wear almost daily. The idea for this post came to me about two weeks ago as I was settling into Taghazout, a sleepy coastal village about three hours from Marrakech (and my favorite Moroccan town to-date). As you can see, I didn’t pack much — I’ve been learning to travel...
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Taming the Monkey Mind

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File under: Multi-tasking on an African Safari Over a long weekend last month (while living in Cape Town, a group of us flew to Johannesburg and trekked out to Kruger National Park for a four-day African safari. It was amazing (and I learned so much about wildlife and conversation efforts, which you can read in this post) — but I won’t lie, I was worried...
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Goodbye, Africa. Hello, Europa!

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Lisbon, I love you (already)! Olá de Portugal, meus amigos! I’m writing to you from my new European outpost this afternoon — lovely Lisbon — this month’s Remote Year destination and my home for the month of March. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you might have seen that I transitioned to Europe over the weekend after spending two months in Africa (four weeks...
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I Quit Blogging for 30 Days: Here’s Why

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Put down the cell phone. You’ve heard the narrative before: Social media is a highlight reel. That’s part of my job… Or rather, that is my job. A job I’ve invested nearly a decade in. There’s a lot to love about social media. There’s also a lot of us that are really good at it — making life seem easy, breezy and nothin’ but as a...
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This is Life Now

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… And just like that, two weeks have come and gone. Hello and Happy New Year to you, my loves! Or rather, Howzit? This year — already — has been full of surprises, new experiences and nearly-missed flights. I’ve traveled 9,000 miles, sold (or donated) most of my belongings, showered with a bucket, climbed a mountain, danced into the late hours of the morning —...
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Things I’m Afraid to Tell You: The Story Behind My “Solo” Travel Video

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Six weeks and five countries in 3.4 minutes — my “solo” travel story (video). I’ve been waiting a really long time to show you guys this. Like, nine months at least — which was when I started working on it when I was traveling through Europe. I would have shared it sooner, but, well; I tend to be one of those picky perfectionist-types — annoyingly...
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3 Simple Shifts: Make These to Get Your Mind & Body Back on Track

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Atkins. Real talk: It’s nearly impossible to keep up with any type of regular routine these days — especially when it comes to healthy habits and nutrition. And especially in a society that glorifies the notion of being “busy” — an idea we often measure against success, consciously or not. I’ve been working with...
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Ride A Hot Air Balloon Over The Teotihuacan Pyramids In Mexico City

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Upon my return from my four-month Remote Year journey, a common question asked was, “What was your favorite part?” Besides meeting my dad’s family in Lima, Peru, the coolest experience I had — hands down — was riding a sunrise hot air balloon over the Teotihuacan Pyramids outside Mexico City. It was beautiful, a little bit terrifying, and an unforgettable memory. Everything about it was...
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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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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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Distant Love

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Five months before heading off on my year-long journey abroad I played a silly April fool's joke on a stranger. A joke turned into an instant undeniable connection. We were in Austin, he lived in Houston, I lived in Boston, and I was only moving even further away. Nonetheless, our only option was to give it a shot.Being in a long-distance relationship is no one's...
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