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Happiness is a Skill-Issue #4-Happiness is a most rebellious act.

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Yesterday, I was listening to a podcast with renowned couple’s therapist Esther Perel. She was talking about how couples were coping with…Continue reading on Happiness Is A Skill »
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10 Easy Sustainable Hacks Every Responsible Traveler Should Know

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Traveling long (or short) term can be difficult to navigate for many reasons. One of the biggest challenges is maintaining a natural, healthy and minimal waste lifestyle. Travel size beauty products, chemical filled, unfamiliar products, tons of food waste due to moving around, plastic galore, disposable razors and tooth brushes; it can be complicated to use clean products and minimal waste when you’re on the...
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10 Sustainable Minimal Waste Hacks for the Responsible Traveler

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Traveling long (or short) term can be difficult to navigate for many reasons. One of the biggest challenges is maintaining a natural, healthy and minimal waste lifestyle. Travel size beauty products, chemical filled, unfamiliar products, tons of food waste due to moving around, plastic galore, disposable razors and tooth brushes; it can be complicated to use clean products and minimal waste when you’re on the...
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How to Experience Lisbon’s “Illegal Chinese Food” Subculture

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Photography by: Carly Krei When I first heard about the illegal Chinese food scene upon arriving in Lisbon, I had questions. Most importantly, I wanted to go- like now.  I’ll start off by saying that the food did not disappoint, and the ambience was exactly like I pictured upon hearing the words illegal Chinese food restaurant, known locally as “Chines clandestinos.” The interior of the...
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Vietnam: My Top 10 Favorite Things

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I lived in Vietnam for 5 weeks in February 2019, as part of my Remote Year journey. In 2020, I’ve been calling this country my home throughout the pandemic. These are some of my favorite things. I was definitely nervous to get to Vietnam. As an American, we grow up with a polarizing image of this country, and our relationship to it, purely due to...
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Foundational Aspects of Setting Up a Business

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Setting up a business is exciting! However, there are many steps you need to take before you can hit the ground running. Here are a few general guidelines to help you in the process of building your business’ foundation as you set it up. Building an Identity  You’ll need to develop a brand for your […]The post Foundational Aspects of Setting Up a Business appeared...
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Happiness Is A Skill — Issue #3: Happy is a Paradox

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No matter what country we live in, what culture we’re a part of, or what religion we practice, everything in our world revolves around a…Continue reading on Happiness Is A Skill »
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Why You Need to See a Ladyboy Cabaret In Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Thailand is known for many things. Temples, street food, gorgeous beaches…and ladyboys. One of the more popular attractions in Thailand is the ladyboy cabaret. This should be the top of your Thai nightlife bucket list. In March 2019, we were based in Chiang Mai while on Remote Year and got to see a ladyboy cabaret. We were given a special Q and A with the...
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How to Travel Like a Local in Rome

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Considering a trip to Italy? This article has just about everything you need to know about the famous capital of Rome. What to do, where to eat and drink and how to travel like a local in Rome. You may just blend in with the Italians if you follow these trusty tips.  Ah Italy. While the jaw dropping coast line garners the most attention as...
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How Well Do You Really Understand Your Target Audience?

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When your business is in growth mode, it’s important to evaluate different aspects of your business, such as your target audience and determine how those factors can help you achieve your goals. You need to pinpoint the small facets that help complete the big picture. A good place to start is with your target audience. […]The post How Well Do You Really Understand Your Target...
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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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