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2020 U.S. Election Guide: What Measures Across the Nation Will Affect Human Trafficking

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This is a U.S. election year, so the biggest way we can participate now is by our vote. Local government and local laws have the biggest direct impact on our citizens. So how you vote and what you fund and support in your own state matters the most. Local ballot measures matter, but it can be hard to know what they mean at face value....
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The sacrifice

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It can be tricky deciding how much of what you care about is you, and how much of it is what your culture has told you is valuable. I often feel this push and pull when it comes to working on my passions. Editing is lonely work, it needs to be done in quiet and it takes hours of intense concentration. But our culture, and...
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How I Stopped Complaining

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I used to include just a single affirmation, “Every day in every way, I am getting better and better,” in my morning routine. Over the years, this has blossomed into several paragraphs describing how I show up, multiple Bible verses about my faith, a few lines of poetry about my new city, and a slick 6-page slide deck vision board about my future. (I might...
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Moving to a New City is Easy

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Lol just kidding. It’s terrible and hard.BUT. There’s a reason the city you're in now isn’t doing it for you. And chances are you don’t feel like trying to make it work there anymore. Or maybe you just want to see new places, meet different people, see the real affects of culture and lifestyle on your joy and contentment.I moved to Los Angeles because I...
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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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What Does International Allyship Look Like During Pride Month?

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As a heterosexual Black woman, the identities I often use to examine a culture and its history as I travel are based on race, gender, and occasionally class. One lens I’m privileged to not have to consider as deeply is sexual orientation and presentation. In general, traveling abroad opens your eyes in all the expected ways. You try new food. You test new languages. You...
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3 Ways to Save Money When Living Abroad

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There is no feeling like leaving familiar territory for the cities and countries you’ve only visited in your dreams. But regardless of whether you’re walking the streets of Tokyo, lounging on a beach in Ghana, or hiking the trails of Patagonia, you’ll need to make sure your bank account remains as healthy as your Instagram feed. I’m here to help. After months of living abroad,...
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3 Ways to Not Die When Dating Internationally

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We all know true love knows no bounds and recognizes no visa requirements. We also know that what you’re looking for when you’re lonely and swiping on Tinder and Bumble from your hostel or a random cafe where you can’t pronounce any of the menu items, could not even loosely be described as love. But for the sake of this article, let’s pretend that it is.The warm embrace of a stranger...
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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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What's magic, anyway?

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I live in Los Angeles now so I saw a lot of people in real life that I had only seen on TV before. It was weird. First it was elating, and unbelievable, and exciting. And then it was just another human being talking.I spent some of the time amused (these were comedy shows). I spent a good amount of the time questioning why I...
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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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