Ikigai

What’s Your Ikigai?

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At the beginning of August 2016, we embarked on a journey. A trip to travel and work remotely for one year. We joined together as a group of 75 people from different places around the world and, different ages and stages of life. The organization that brought us all together is called Remote Year. We were the 6th such group of remote working travellers they...
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Find Your Happy Place

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I’ve been working remotely around the world for almost a year. Travelling through fifteen different countries and over twice as many cities. That means I’ve slept in countless different beds. Slept on every type of pillow you can imagine and some that you wouldn’t want to. I’ve lived out of a suitcase containing clothes for all four seasons – from a bathing suit to a...
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Happiness and Managing Negative Emotions

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When the NiceLife.ca website was launched, we decided to provide the most relevant and interesting content. So we ask people what they thought a Nice Life should include. The one topic that they all agreed on was ... HAPPINESS. If you think about it, it’s true. How can you enjoy relationships, travel, health, retirement or even wealth, if you are not happy? Contrary to popular belief,...
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10 Tips to Boost Emotional Resilience

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One of the keys to living a happier life is to boost your Emotional Resilience. There was a great report on the topic of Emotional Resilience in Time Magazine. Check it out if you want to read more about the research. Here are the 10 tips they recommend that you can start practicing right away. Be optimistic – every situation has positive and negative sides. Focusing on the...
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It’s a jungle out there!

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This is a great story about our Amazon adventures, edited from a blog by my good friend, Melissa Goad, president/founder of Roaming Expat Retirement. O-wim-o-weh o-wim-o-weh o-wim-weh. In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight…..  Svetlana is humming that song again for what has to be the millionth time – I suspect Shruti is about push her out of the boat so the...
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Courage Freedom Happiness book is Coming Soon!

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It's been two solid months of writing, editing, designing and photo editing to put together this travelogue with life hacks for living as a digital nomad. I'm thrilled it will be published soon. Just putting the finishing touches on the interior. Though it's taking a little longer than I hoped because I keep getting lost in the photos. Trying to pick just a few is...
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Space Grey Society

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A tale of technology“T-twenty-four,” Astra said in a shy, slightly trembling voice. She was holding her hand around her upper arm, squeezing it after answering the question,. She looked down towards the ugly light green desk in front of her, witnessing a disarray of various documents and forms.His name was Cosmo. A tall man in his maybe mid-twenties, maybe mid-thirties, maybe mid-forties, kind of ageless looking,...
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Lima, que linda!

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My tour of South America was just beginning with Colombia - and I knew that Peru had a LOT in store. The month ahead had a ridiculous amount of side trips, a visit from two friends, and a couple of my own world wonders in store. But, let's not get ahead of ourselves. My first two weeks in May were spent on the coast in...
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Gatwick drones, Heathrow groans

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All flights cancelled. Somewhere in the world, an industrial-sized drone is being operated by a human being—8 years old, 18 years experience in world politics—who knows who it is. And in the meantime, 119,000 people are put out of a flight during the holidays.Shit, am I a travel blogger or a CNN journalist? What was originally intended as a personal getaway with a friend who happened...
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Journeyers over Consecutive Years

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A couple weeks ago I reunited with a large contingent of my Remote Year Ikigai friends as we celebrated the wedding of one of the couples from our crew (congrats to Todd and Rebeca!). Seventeen of us stayed together at the loveliest cottages in rural Washington. That Saturday morning, I woke up before the rest […]
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