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Unrequited Love

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I’m in love with someone and they don’t love me back. It’s mostly ok. Minus the screaming part. I feel like I’m a catch. He makes me feel like shit. That’s the thing, right? About unrequited love? Unreasonable? Overwhelming? Pathetic? It would be one thing to be a twenty-something and feel this way. The world is your oyster then. Now? Dried up. Old. Over the...
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Is Santiago, chile a cheap place to live?

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Remote Year generally takes us to fairly inexpensive cities, at least by US standards. If you think about it, that has to be their business model: they receive a set amount of money ($2000/month) from each remote, and they have to minimize their costs in order to turn a profit. As a result, I sort
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Geishas are Not Sex Workers: A Reflection on Travel in Japan

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I saw the movie Memoirs of a Geisha a few plane rides ago. Wanting to learn something about the city and the culture I would soon be spending a month living in, Kyoto, Japan, I did what any reasonable person would do. I ignored books and articles and went straight to the movies.If you haven’t seen it (and knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t recommend it), the...
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7 Years Gone?

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Exactly one year ago today, I told Rachel Black, who was sitting on my couch with a glass of Prosecco in hand, that there was no way in hell I was going to a Memphis horse show. If I went, I would undoubtedly walk away with a new horse and I didn’t have the time or money to dedicate to the sport. Rachel thought I was...
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Getting my Ocean Fix in San Diego

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I had grown accustomed to seeing the ocean every day while living in Charleston. It was a short two blocks away and I’d walk down to it every morning before work. When I decided I was going to move out to Phoenix, I knew I’d be giving up my ocean views but I didn’t anticipate how quickly I’d miss it. Just a few weeks into...
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We were based out of The Spot. Hope that helps!

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We were based out of The Spot. Hope that helps!
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What is transition day like on Remote Year?

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This isn’t a topic I have seen anyone else write about, so I thought it might be interesting for you to get some insight into what our travel days are like. Each month, we all transition as a group to the next city we’ll be spending a month in. As part of my program fees,
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My musings on South Korea

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South Korea is a perplexing country. The companies and brands it has produced are far more famous than the happenings within the country and it is often overlooked as a place to travel to. One of the bigger tourist activities within South Korea is to enter the DMZ zone and have a look at their neighbor to the north, North Korea, so people go to...
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Santiago apartment and office tour

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APARTMENT In Santiago we live and work in the Lastarria, Bellas Artes, and Bellavista neighborhoods. Locals have commented to me that we are in a not-so-nice part of town, and the remotes have definitely had a tough time in Chile in that regard. The group that came through town last month had 6 people (that
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How to Be Creative with Weekly Bullet Journal Layouts

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Having a bullet journal has been one of the greatest things I have ever done for my own productivity! I know it’s 2019 and I should be all about the apps and online calendars, but I’m still old school at heart. I love taking the time to write in my physical journal and fill in my paper calendar. Plus, my bujo (bullet journal for short)...
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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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